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A movie starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst directed by Sam Raimi

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Spiderman 2

  • Mar 16, 2011
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Comic book movies often have no problems with the quality of their sequels. In fact, they are often better than their predecessors, and Spiderman 2 is definitely an example of that. It capitalizes on everything that started off this popular franchise and improves upon it, providing us with improved acting, improved special effects, an improved villain, and improved emotional development of the characters. Like the critics consensus says, an entertaining villain and more emotional development made for a sequel better than the first.

The film takes place two years after the events of the first film. It also sets up how much life currently sucks for Peter Parker. He gets fired from his job as a delivery boy, his Aunt May is behind on her bills and is going to lose her house, he's still battling the guilt of feeling responsible for his Uncle Ben's death, and his grades are consistently slipping. Spiderman is essentially ruining his life, and he needs to take a break. That's essentially what he does, until Otto Octavius (AKA Doc Oc) runs wild and threatens to destroy the city.

That also brings me to the story of Doc Oc. Otto Octavius was just a regular physicist, happily married, who created an artificial sun that malfunctioned and left his robotic arms (which he used to operate the machine) welded to his body and in charge of him (thanks to a destroyed inhibitor chip). He rebuilds his machine and its up to spiderman to stop it and Doc Oc to regain control of his higher brain function.

There is also a subplot about MJ marrying Jameson's son the astronaut. However, that subplot goes absolutely nowhere and the character is incredibly forgettable despite the fact that John Jameson (the astronaunt) is connected to a lot of characters and should be involved with a lot of the story. However, we never see him with his dad, we only see him with Mary Jane twice, and we never see him do anything in space. He's just some guy for Mary Jane to leave for Peter. The other two useless characters are Peter's landlord and the landlord's daughter, who seems to have a bit of a crush on Peter. Anyway, the movie is still amazing despite the useless characters.

The performances are wonderful, as were they in the other film. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst give spectacular performances as Peter and MJ, and it shows that their characters have matured into adults and have adult problems to deal with. James Franco gave a decent performance as well as Harry, developing his character for his climax in the third film. JK Simmons is also delightfully over the top as Jameson as always, and the rest of the auxiliary performances (minus a few of the useless characters). The film also features a properly developed, less over-the-top villain, played brilliantly by Alfred Molina. All in all, the performances were wonderful.

The special effects have definitely improved over the first film, and by this time they were damn amazing. The scene where Octavius becomes Doc Oc is absolutely brilliant, as well as the scene where he drowns the machine and there's the close-up shot of him in the water. The effects of spidey rescuing various people as well as the effects of him swinging around on the webs are also great. Now would probably be a great time to mention the great cinematography in all three films. The camerawork is absolutely beautiful and it stays pretty good throughout all three of the films. As far as I know, none of them have been nominated for any cinematography oscars, but if you know, feel free to correct me in the comments. Anyway, the cinematography is great, even Oscar-worthy.

If you want to watch this film, I would highly recommend it, but I would recommend that you also watch the first and the third because they are both also worthwhile films and some of the best superhero films ever (not the third though, although I still like the third). Spiderman 2 takes everything great from the first film and makes it even greater with the modern technologies and returning characters. In the early 2000's, when the first film was made, effects weren't that great, but they improved and what results is this great film. All in all, one of my all-time favourites and one of the best comic book films ever made.

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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 ...
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