Spider-Man 2 Reviews
Side note: They must've thought girls screaming uncontrollably all the time throughout the film would sell tickets (yikes)
He's is unmasked in this film in front of a subway car full of people as well as in front of Harry Osborne (who wants to kill Spider-Man due to his guiltiness of "murdering" his father Norman) and even his love interest MJ. In the end of the movie there is a villain redemption as Doc Ock states he does not want to die a monster and takes control back over his body and the mechanical arms that were controlling him. The tension between Harry and Spider-Man increases and is presented heavily at the end of the film (even with Harry's knowledge that his best friend Peter Parker is the Spider-Man) as Harry is confronted by a cognitive image of his vengeful father and discovers the secret layer of the Green Goblin (very much giving the audience a taste of the next film). Overall, a great prequel to the life, love, and conflicts of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Stan Lee once again appears in the film as a man who saves someone's life from destruction caused by Doc Ock.
"I believe theres a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble. And finally gets us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want most, even our dreams." -May Parker
The Story still manages to keep the same over the top action packed campiness like before but it also incorporates some very interesting subjects that are very thought provoking and deeply meaningful. They really let all the emotions sink in when needed and many of those scenes help develop Peter's character. When it's not being Dramatic it can be comically funny and action packed and It really helps balance out the tone so the movie doesn't become too depressing. The only thing that kept bugging me from time to time was when Peter Parker and Mary Jane are arguing with each other. I'll admit, I did feel kinda uncomfortable when they did the engaged to someone else because of reasons plot, but thankfully they make those scenes short and they keep more of the focus on Peter's struggles and the action packed moments.
The characters still maintain the likable charm while also being given more depth to make them more interesting than ever. Spider-Man (AKA Peter Parker) has to face new challenges with living a double life of being Spider-man or not being Spider-man. I really like how well they establish how his difficulties of living in a double life as well as his struggle to keep his powers alive. Mary Jane gets a little more of a character arc than the last time and while I do think sometimes she can be sort of sour to Peter I can still understand why she feels the way she does. Dr Octopus is an awesome villain and he practically steals the show for me anytime he's on screen. Not only is his performance so fun to watch but he actually does have very human emotions sometimes. other characters like Aunt may don't have too big of a role but they do make different impacts on Peter's character at different points of the movie
The cinematography still keeps the same comic book style as before while also experimenting more with the action and the use of CGI effects. Like before, we get some pretty shots of New York city and some more Spider Man swinging around the place. The effects that caught my attention were Dr Octo's Robo tentacles. The way they move is so mesmerizing and anytime the movie kicks into high gear action the tentacles can do some really awesome stuff. Speaking of which, the action is even better than before and it goes further with showing off some pretty immersive effects and a lot of edge of your seat madness. Sometimes the CGI can look a little fake but everything else is done so well that you don't even care.
The music is once again helmed by Danny Elfman. I don't know if I can say too much about the score because it's basically the same as last time but I will say that it helps keep to the tone of being action packed or down to earth when needed.
This movie may just be better than the first Spiderman. Sure it does have a couple scenes that were kinda mean spirited to sit through, but in the end it really is worth it thanks to the the great action sequences and thought provoking story arc of Peter's struggle. It's definitely the best in the trilogy so far and when it comes to superhero films it is definitely up there with the greats.(A)