I am not necessarily going to agree with everyone that this is the best comic book adaptation ever rendered on the screen, simply because I will be the first to admit I haven't viewed all of them. But I will honestly say out of the countless superhero films I have seen: this is, without a doubt, the best.
What seperates Spider Man 2, a sequel no less, from its counterpart and all of the other fx crazed superhero movies hollywood has to offer? Simply put, it takes its time. It pauses for a breath and dwells on the human side of Spider Man. He is after all, Peter Parker beneath the mask. He is a human being full of emotional weakness' with physical and spiritual longings. There's love pounding at his hearts door and he doesn't know what to do with it.
The villain this time around is a caring professor that loves what he does and has a tender heart for education and furthering the betterment of man. Only when he is "possessed" by his creation is he a villain. He wasn't heading that way in the first place like Willem Defoe in part one. I found myself, as many others, feeling sorry for him, and hoping all the way through that he too will be saved.
Sam Raimi took hold of the reins with the same ambition of his original films, the Evil Dead series. Like the saga or not, you could see the fun they were having all the way through. Now it seems, he has developed the same sincerity towards Spiderman.
Spiderman 2 rests on common ground, then stands tall, rising uniquely over the rest. Add this to your collection, it has my seal. ~S.A.O.S.~
Pros: Tight package and well presented...the movie was good too. ;) Cons: Having to wait til 2007 for the last leg of this trilogy! The Bottom Line: Good for the whole family, on your own or with a date! The Bottom Line catches thieves just like flies! In this middle portion of the Spiderman trilogy, Peter Parker has survived both his internal, and explosive external battles with the mad Green Goblin. However, all True Believers … more
Pros: Good writing, stellar acting, can hardly tell it CGI. Cons: The unveiling The Bottom Line: In the final analysis Spider-Man 2 is a quintessential perfect summer movie; rapid fire action, intrigue, emotional baggage, the pretty girl, the action hero; evil villain that must be stopped As a child no other superhero captured my imagination quite like the reluctant, everyday guy, superhero Spider-Man. When he was not fighting … more
Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero. Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a scientist driven mad by experiments involving powerful mechanical arms. When the deranged Octavius (AKA Doc Ock) forms an alliance with the vengeful Osborn, who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father, the wall-crawling hero is in for his biggest battle yet.
With SPIDER-MAN 2, Raimi retains--and improves on--all of the elements that made the first film so good, including an excellent story (crafted, in part, by acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon), tight pacing, and stunning special effects. Parker's ...