Spider-Man 2

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Spider-Man 2
Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)


In Spider-Man 2, our friendly neighbourhood webslinger returns, this time to battle two villains - Doc Ock (played by Alfred Molina) and the inner demons that are forcing Peter Parker to question the strain that being a superhero in New York City is placing on his personal life. Two years have passed since Spidey battled the Green Goblin and Peter is now a struggling but brilliant university student who is tardy for classes, hands in assignments late and cannot hold down a job. He is still in love with Mary Jane but knows that his role as Spidey would compromise the relationship. He is still friends with Harry Osborn but there is a deep resentment on the part of Harry towards Peter because he remains "friends" with his father's killer. Peter starts to wonder if life would be better were he not burdened with the dual capacity of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

Spider-Man 2 is a movie that is sure to leave audiences squealing with glee. It is smart, it is funny and it is jam-packed with action. This sequel does not disappoint. It is a better movie than the first. There will be no Green Goblin controversy, with the silly costume and all. Doc Ock looks great (well, except for the man-boobs) and Alfred Molina really impresses in the role. He has a commanding screen presence whenever Doc Ock appears in the movie. Ock was definitely a highlight in the movie and watching him running around with those deadly tentacles was exceptional. Much of the cast from the first movie has returned - Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson) and Rosemary Harris (Aunt May). J. Jonah really stands out in the movie as he delivers one zinger after another - simply outstanding work. Tobey Maguire, once a controversial choice to play Spidey, has really embraced the role and gives a superb performance as the embattled Peter Parker. Sadly, there are no wet t-shirt scenes featuring Kirsten Dunst but she still manages to look cute and cuddly throughout (although there were times I felt distracted by her gigantic teeth, for some reason). Franco is angry and disturbed - and I really don't blame him! I'd be pissed off at Spider-Man too.

In the end, I can do nothing but sing the praises of Spider-Man 2. This movie is pure entertainment and surprisingly more violent than the first movie and audiences are sure to love it. Everything was great - the story, the action, the characters, the special effects - all top-notch. My only minor complaint would be that I would have liked to have seen Spider-Man in the movie a bit more, but in the context of the story of the movie, his screen time made sense. His absence caused a slight lull in the middle of the movie but it was not a serious problem.

It should be interesting to see where we go in Spider-Man 3 but getting into that debate may give away some of the secrets of Spidey 2. So I will end now by saying enjoy Spider-Man 2. It is everything we wish for in a summertime, superhero sequel. Hats off to director Sam Raimi and the entire crew for an excellent piece of work.

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