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Spider-Man 2 Reviews

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July 12, 2017
One of the best superhero movies of all time, Spider-Man 2 improves on the original in almost every way, and JK Simmons wearing the Spidey suit in the extended Spider-Man 2.1 is literally the best thing Simmons has ever done ever.
July 12, 2017
The absolute pinnacle of Spider-Man films. It captures Peter Parker perfectly and the essence of Spider-Man himself, with drama, emotion, comedy and great characters. (5/5)
July 12, 2017
Goddamn good one, this is. Still wildly inaccurate to the source material, but as a film; it's damn good.
½ July 11, 2017
good and bad at the same time
Super Reviewer
July 11, 2017
Similarly as dated as the first Spider-Man film is, Spider-Man 2 isn't the easiest re-watch. Raimi's direction is tight but it's also not as sharp as you may remember it. But this film stood for something more, which is quite often the fault of most MCU movies in this era. Thrilling, surprising, and poignant, Spider-Man 2 showed that you don't always have to play it safe with our favorite web-slinger, there's so much more underneath the skin to address.

What I really love about this film is how well it balances out screen time. We get introduced to a few new characters this time around, and of course none more prevalent than Doc Ock, played by Alfred Molina. Known now as one of the greatest superhero villains of all time, Molina stands out because of the way he's written as well as his charismatically tragic performance. It's really just your typical scientist gone mad idea, but juxtaposed with Peter's struggling personal life, it plays extremely well.

Which brings me to why this film and really Spider-Man in general have an impact on audiences so heavily, his problems. Spider-Man is no longer getting bullied in high school, but that didn't remiss him from dealing with deep personal problems as a growing man. As frustrating as it is to see him try and navigate Mary Jane's mind without telling her how he really feels, it's an issue that Peter has always had. The very idea of holding in your true feelings to "save the ones closest to you" feels like it comes straight out of decades of Spider-Man lore. Even if it feels sour in today's world, it surely wasn't back in 2004. Peter also has to come to terms with the guilt he still holds over his uncle's death, and that his best friend wants to kill him. All of that while trying to balance a real job with The Daily Bugle and his life as Spider-Man is a lot to keep up with.

It's those real-life problems and issues that will always be appealing to fans, and it's no different here. However, as I said, there are still a lot that's dated about this film that even the insanely good action can't overcome. I mentioned it in my review for the first film, but seeing every woman in the film either scream their head off for men throughout every action scene, or in complete awe of what a particular man can do in every action scene isn't as forgivable as you may think. Surely there's other things women can do right? It's also not the easiest to watch James Franco complain and whine about Spider-Man in just about every scene. Besides that, Spider-Man 2 is a brilliantly poignant superhero-action film. At the end of the day, there aren't too many superhero films that can say that.

+About something more

+Balances everything well

+Train sequence

-Females written poorly

-Harry Osborn

July 10, 2017
Spider-Man 2 continues the success of the first movie with an involving story, well-wrought characters, and thrilling action sequences.
July 10, 2017
Spider-Man 2:

- Better Acting

- Better Emotion

- Better Writing

- Better Technical Aspects (VFX, Sound Design, Music, etc.)

- Better Directing

- Better Characters

- Better Story

- Better than the first (oh wait, i said that numerous times... oh well, i'll just say it again XD)

- None

Overall: A+ (10/10)
July 10, 2017
An instant classic for the ages.
July 10, 2017
In 2002, Sam Raimi proved he was the right man to give cinematic life to Marvel Comics'most popular character.With this sequel, he proves he can do the same thing again, only a lot better...
Two years after the events of the first movie, Peter Parker's life hasn't got any better: the woman he loves is engaged to his boss's son, his best friend accuses Spider-Man of said friend's father's murder, and his powers are beginning to fail him(comparisons with Smallville aren't a problem, since the show's creators contributed to the Spider-man 2 script).Plus, there's a new weird guy in town: Dr.Otto Octavius(Alfred Molina), aka Doc Ock.Trouble's on its way...
This film is far more exciting and gripping than its predecessor, and it also contains some humor(check out Raimi-regular Bruce Campbell's cameo).The original actors are excellent, while Molina's Ock is more conflicted and charming than Willem Dafoe's superb Green Goblin.The movie also contains the most breathtaking action sequence ever,featuring Spidey, his nemesis and a speeding train.
A real triumph within the genre, it makes the expectations for the third movie very high, as people wonder what Raimi can do to overshadow the greatest superhero movie after Batman Begins.
The standout of summer 2004
July 10, 2017
Spider-Man 2 still has some of the cool action sequences that made the first so entertaining, it has a menacing, yet sympathetic villain and it improves with a pretty deep story and character depth. It doesn't have quite as much of the action like the first movie, though it does something that most superhero movies don't usually do is focus on the guy under the mask (be it the hero or villain) and give a bit of depth to that character and it makes for a surprisingly deep superhero movie.
½ July 10, 2017
A fantastic movie and my favorite Spider-Man movie at the moment.
July 10, 2017
½ July 9, 2017
Molina's Octopus coupled with classic Spidey action and greater emotional depth provide an improved, fleshed out second outing.
July 8, 2017
This is not just the best spider-man movie it is also one of the best superhero movies ever.
July 7, 2017
I enjoyed this movie
½ July 7, 2017
one of the best comic movie, great storytelling, action, & villain
July 7, 2017
Best Spider-Man movie up to date. Molina was a baroque villain more so than Dafoe in a sense. This movie is everything a fan of this comic want to see the emptiness Peter feels in losing mostly everything and not being able to have a life of his own.
July 7, 2017
Spider-Man 2 is by far the best Spider-Man movie ever. Even with the famous reboot with Garfield as the face of the new franchise and now Tom Holland. This movie feels like you're watching comic book pages being ripped off the book and plaster into the big screen. Sam Raimi has captured the essence of what Peter Parker life really is. Peter frustrated with having to live and not an ordinary live is taking a toll on him. Losing his best friend, due to the fact that he is Spider-Man and Harry wants him dead... and losing the girl.. not being able to go school. Peter takes on a journey to rediscover why he is Spider-Man, and why he must do what no one else can! This movie is phenomenal, the best Spider-Man there is!
½ July 6, 2017
Spider-Man 2 remains to be the best film in the franchise and one of the best superhero films of all time!!!
½ July 6, 2017
No doubt deserves to be in the conversation of top 10 comic book movies of all time. I just finished this movie and it completely holds up today. The special effects and score are amazing. Toby Maguire may be a little old for the role but plays the part perfectly. Kristen Dunst is also great as Mary Jane. But man J.K. Simmons is J. Jonah Jameson, he is hilarious and brilliant as this character. As a long time spiderman fan Sam Raimi improved on where the first one lacked and stepped up his game. This film is the complete package and leaves you wanting more.
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