It's been two years since the mild-mannered Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) first began struggling with "the gift and the curse," and in Spider-Man 2, he's still coming to terms with his dual identity as the web-slinging crime superhero Spider-Man.
Now Peter is in college, and his relationships with the people he cares most about are crumbling. He wants to reveal his secret identity to Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), his friendship with Harry Osborn is stressed by Harry's growing hatred of Spider-Man, and Peter's Aunt May has fallen on hard times.
When a new foe, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), appears, Peter and Spidey face a new challenge. Is Peter up to it, or will he hang up his costume and return to being "Just Peter Parker."
• Tobey Maguire
• Kirsten Dunst
• Alfred Molina
• James Franco
• Rosemary Harris
• J.K. Simmons
I never really liked Tobey Maguire as Spiderman. Something about him irked me, he just never looked or sounded like me was taking the role seriously enough for my liking. Being cast as a superhero is a privilege. He just doesn't even come close to Hugh Jackman and Wolverine.
That being put out there I did enjoy some things about this film. One of these things is Peter Parker struggling with "responsibility". The "with great power comes great responsibility" quote from his Uncle Ben has been what Parker uses to justify what he does as a vigilante, but his day-life is suffering due to his night-life. Consistently late, Parker is struggling with the double life, and this ends up causing hell for him. It's good to see a rather accurate portrayal of a superhero that still actually has commitments
to keep to maintain his income and his secret identity.
Octavius is less of a villain, and more of an understood genius who gets taken advantage of. And whilst he does bad things, I do for some reason feel sorry for him more than I do for Parker. Beyond Octavius, the characters just really weren't convincing in this film for me. the movie was overall watchable, but this was my least favourite of the trilogy.
Being a past graduate of Natcol Design and Technology, I went into this movie with a keen eye on all the blue screening and animation techniques. The results, pretty damn good.
I found that the storyline did leave you with a sense of aye? though. I mean I stomached the fact that he did want to give away the glitz and glamour (or lack thereof) of being a superhero but, what was with him revealing himself so willy nilly? It was kind of like everyone that we were led to believe that he would never ever, under any circumstances, show his true identity to because of his fear or putting them in danger, would all of a sudden after a little mid life crisis, play parcel with my head. I don't know? Too soon?
I did appreciate however some of the new innovative ways he found to utilise his webs. From using the traditional method of a standard housespider web, to catch the falling survivor, to using them as a means of stopping a full powered commercial train. Cool
All and all though I found that this moving rewoke my urge to swing from building to building with a web that squirts from my hand.
P.S What was with the little kid that said "Don't worry I wont tell". Haha like yeah whatever. He wanted to say "How much will you pay me not to tell?" hehe
Ever thought to yourself "Man, I really could use another pair of hands here..." well, so did Doc Oc... so he built them. This funky four-armed unit clamps around his waist and interfaces directly with his nervous system, giving him 4 nearly-indestructable limbs with their own semi-sentient Artificial Intelligence to drive them. They sense his commands through his spinal column and action it in their own way.
When the control chip, that protects Doc Oc's higher brain functions and keeps him in control, gets overloaded by his experimental fusion reactor's malfunction, the AI in the arms starts to take control, turning Doc Oc from a mild mannered scientist into a maniac bent on rebuilding his failed experiment, at all costs.
Add to this the moral dilemma Peter faces (Does he continue as Spiderman and lose his life and education, or does he dump the suit and return to being "just Peter Parker" and have to face the social consequences of his inaction) and you have a movie with more plot twists than a bowl of spaghetti, and more action than the first movie.
Despite being impressed with the pseudo-science going on, and the high-calibre special effects, I was as uninspired by this movie as I was with the first one. A chronic case of sequel'itis (an inflamation of the movie's importance, caused by excessive PR.)
Overall, if you like this stuff, you'll love this one, but if you want something a little more from a movie, you'll find this one to be only worth it on discount nights.
Since watching the first Spiderman movie, I have been looking forward to this sequel.
I have to agree with the last reviewer and say that the special effects were better this time round. However, I did find myself doing a couple of double takes in the faster action sequences between Spiderman and 'Doc Ock'.
I have just bought the first movie, and plan, when the second reaches the price I paid for the first, to get it on DVD.
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