Wednesday, May 20, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Eighteen

Movie: Spider-Man 2
Release Date: 2004
Runtime: 135 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "Another of those infrequent sequels that just might be better than the original, Spider-Man 2 not only offers a surfeit of spectacular action sequences but also advances the first film's romantic subplot and continues to develop its principal characters. In Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi has a soulful young actor perfectly suited to convey the angst of the crusading superhero Spider-Man -- honor bound to serve humanity, yet deeply resentful that this responsibility exacts an onerous toll on his personal life. As the film opens, Peter Parker (Maguire) is struggling to keep up with both his college studies and his part-time job as a freelance photographer, while fighting crime as Spider-Man. His old flame, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), now a successful model and actress, still has feelings for Peter -- but he holds her at arm's length, fearful of engaging in a romance that could end tragically if his enemies learn of their relationship. And then there's his best pal, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father and has vowed revenge, not knowing that Peter is actually the web-crawler he seeks. Over-the-top villainy is supplied by Doctor Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a brilliant scientist who goes mad when mechanical tentacles become welded to his body in a laboratory accident. There's enough plot for two movies, with the doctor's depredations at times taking a backseat to the Peter/Harry/Mary Jane psychodrama. But Raimi is a proficient director, and he juggles the disparate story elements with admirable dexterity. The characters' interplay gives Spider-Man 2 a third dimension that most comic-book movies could use: It's fun to watch costumed combatants whaling the tar out of each other, but emotional underpinnings help make the physical conflicts more satisfying. As in the first film, Raimi and his special-effects team rely heavily on computer-generated imagery to give the fight scenes a larger-than-life quality. As a result, the sequel's visuals are, if anything, even more sophisticated than those of the original. Spider-Man 2, however, should never be mistaken for eye candy; it's an enormously satisfying adventure film for the kids that adults will find surprisingly affecting and enjoyable."

I know this review is a bit late, but I don’t cares.


I think I liked the second Spider-Man movie more than I liked the first one. Maybe it was the awesome action scenes, or the funny parts.
The best scene in the movie would have to be the train scene, hands down the best in the entire movie.
The funniest scene was when Spider-Man's powers quit working and he had to ride the elevator down.
My theory is that Aunt May has always known that Peter is Spider-Man.
Doc Ock’s mechanical arms reminded me somewhat of little puppies (go figure).
I also found it kind of fascinating the whole think between Peter and Harry concerning Spider-Man and the death of Harry’s dad. Especially when he found out that Peter is Spider-Man.
My least favorite scene in the movie was the end, you know with the wedding that Mary Jane ran out on *gag*.
Okay, I love this movie.

Dame Orchid

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