Spider-Man 2 Reviews
Doc Ock was completely wasted as a villain with very little screen time & development. Molina's depiction was very different to that of the comics, with none of Octavius' tyrannical nature apparent at all (& they gave him a wife whom he seems to forget about almost as soon as she dies). Ultimately his storyline was of little importance to the film & only served to provide a few action sequences to keep the audience from falling asleep.
Unfortunately this is very boring & not what it's hyped-up to be
My Score: 96%
It's very surprising for a sequel to surpass the original. Raimi manages to step up the game and provide web-slinging and action that completely blows the first film out of the park. In addition to that, we also got the introduction and departure of Doctor Otto Octavius, aka Doc Ock. The chemistry between Peter and Mary Jane creates an additional conflict along with Peter struggling with the loss of his powers. Spider-Man 2 is a brilliant sequel to a Marvel film.
Ok, I need to confess again. Well this is the weekend of nice surprises. I am not really that keen to see Spidey 2. I mean Spidey 1 is kind of disappointing to me. Action movie? Not my usual cup of tea. Comic hero? I don't even read comics. For the hype and the buzz. Reviews say this movie has depth and really make Spiderman seems more 'human', you know like common people. That's not really helping either. I know X-men 1 is about social outcasts, Batman has a childhood scar to overcome and Superman has kryptonite to fear. But Spidey has rent to pay, a job to keep, homework to rush, a granny to take care of and can't keep his girl. Ok, it is not really that new but the movie is relentlessly in painting Spidey as an ordinary man crushing under these stress that I begin to think superheroes are the ones who need to see the shrink most urgently.
Think that really says alot of us in real life. Responsibility. To Spiderman is saving the world and don't we have the responsibility to pay the bills, hold our jobs together, running on household errands. Not that we like to but simply we have the ability to do it and we need to play our roles as required. Along the way, there will be sacrifices. Our social life will be miserable, you don't have time to yourself, whatever you do there is a little voice that wants you to be considerate to others. Now , compare that to Spiderman. He has to save whoever, I mean everyone, who is in danger and you can begin to imagine the sacrifices he has to make. You'll soon get a pretty good idea this movie is trying to say. Heroes have problems, we know that. Heros can't reveal true identities, we know that too. But hardly a superhero movie that comes along to tell you that superheros have a responsibility that cannot escape 'cos only they have supernatural powers and they jolly well learn to cope with sacrifices and do a good job in saving the world.
As you can see I like Spiderman 2 very much. It really is a very good example that an entertaining blockbuster can be more than just big cast, big SFX, big names, big action etc. I think that is why superhero comic books are hot 'cos they promise more than just imagination. There should be similiar messages or a thing or two we can take away.
I really hope Spiderman 2 will inspire more action movies to develop more than what is already so good in the special effects department. X-Men 2 and the Batman & Robin movies are good examples that forsaking the 'drama' component and focus entirely on the SFX is not really a wise move.
Am I looking forward to Spidey 3. Well... not really. But I am always already to embrace it if it can really surprise me.
Expected Rating: B+