June 30, 2004
Spider-man 2

I'm a comic book fan. I mean, I haven't read them since high school or maybe college, but I appreciate them as an art form and as entertainment. And I love comic book movies. I saw the first Spider-man and really liked it. I thought the effects were a bit cartoonish (appropriately, though I don't think they intended it) but the story was good and Toby Maguire as Spidey and Kirsten Dunst as MJ are perfect. So I couldn't wait for Spidey 2 to come out.

In this second film, Peter Parker is wishing he could lead another life without Spider-man where he could have MJ and a normal life where he actually has time to go to school and make money to live on. As a result of his turmoil, his spidey powers start cutting out on him. Meanwhile MJ is threatening to marry another guy. Aunt May is out of money and may have to move out of her house. And Harry Osborn, the Green Goblin from the first film's son and Peter's best friend, has taken over the family business and is bankrolling Dr. Octavius who believes he's created a new powersource. Something goes terribly awry, creating Dr. Octopus, a supervillain with cool sentient mechanical arms fused to his back. Peter/Spidey has to save the day in all cases.

The effects are much better. Doc Ock is fantastic, the arms are so cool and believable, and Alfred Molina plays him fabulously. Toby Maguire plays Spidey/Peter's conflicts, angst, and heroic nature perfectly as usual. There's a great scene in which Spidey is saved by a group of grateful subway passengers from having his secret identity discovered that's actually very touching. If I have any argument, it's that there weren't quite enough action sequences--which is something you may never again hear me say. See it.

Posted by Alyssa at June 30, 2004 11:29 AM
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