Posted on 1/17/10 09:54 AM
It would be way too predictable for me to use an exaggeration here like, "since this is better than the first, and I gave the first one an 8 out of 10, then I'm giving Spiderman 2 a 15 out of 10!!" This truly outdoes the first movie in terms of scale. And I guess that's how it works, you tell the origin story, after that you're free to explore different themes in that universe you've created. I don't like to use this word to describe a lot of things, but truly only one word describes this movie: epic.
There's a single driving force in this movie that instantly gets you worrying, and hoping for a good outcome: Peter Parker's tragic downfall, or to be more specific, him hitting ROCK BOTTOM with Mary Jane. He literally lost it all here at one point in this movie. I mean it doesn't get any more serious than being told "Oh, I'm getting married...? As if that weren't enough, he couldn't even be in her life as a friend because of his constant disappointments he caused her because of his responsibilities as Spider-Man. Add to that his stressful friendship with Harry, his identity crisis, and you've got a pretty complex story, superhero action movie or not.
You feel the full spectrum of emotions in this movie. Or at the very least, you feel the maximum emotion at one part of the spectrum, sympathy. I've said it already and I'll say it again; Peter Parker's crumbling relationship with Mary Jane was executed perfectly. There's two scenes that captures this feeling of desperation perfectly:
1) At that dinner party, Peter gets hit with a 3 part combo:
a) His friendship with Harry takes a further dive after being slapped by him twice.
b) His friendship with Mary Jane takes a further dive after being told by her that she doesn't want anything to do with him anymore, in so many words, and finally, not too long after.
c) Gets hit with the ultimate crushing blow as he hears the announcement that Mary Jane officially agreed to marry her boyfriend. I think anyone can imagine how embarrassed, humiliated, and heartbroken Peter must've felt standing there, as his world slowed down to a dreamlike state, vaguely hearing J. Jonah Jameson shouting to him to snap a picture of none other than Mary Jane and her new fiancÚ.
2) After falling to the ground after his webs failed him again, he picks up that newspaper and sees how he's hated by the city and gets no appreciation, with the scene then cutting to him sitting on his bed, tossing that paper away in disgust. It's at this point that we're on the edge of our seats, just wondering what he is to do next. His life is a complete tragedy.
Amazing, lengthy action sequences like the train fight.
Doctor Octopus a sympathetic villain. A scientist who lost his wife in a science experiment gone wrong. Plus his mechanical tentacles took over his thoughts telling him what to do. A much more sympathetic character than the Green Goblin. The cast?s acting in Spider-Man 2 is 80% Oscar-Worthy and Genius and Impressive and Realistic.
The way Sam Raimi directed this film was excellent as of all of his movies.