Well I’ve seen Spiderman 2 twice now, once on Thursday with Mark and then again last night with my dad. Have to say that it is superb and goes beyond the achievements of the first film. I’ll begin to explain my opinion so….the character arcs are better developed in this film especially the love story between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Dunst and Maguire do a solid job in the acting department and are complemented by a great performance from Alfred Molina as “Doc Oc”. There are some slow moments in the film but the last 45 minutes is pretty much non-stop acceleration.
A special mention has to go to the CGI guys on this film as the blending of real and CG elements is handled much better than the first one. It’s now harder to distinguish between the two and the fact that they fool you 90% of the time is a tribute to SFX wizards. They also managed to inject characterisation into “Doc Oc”s metal arms and they are genuinely scary in most of the scenes. Things I think they could have improved on/changed:
- I would have devoted less time to the “Peters life is crap at the moment” vibe. They made the point and it should have been left at that.
- There was no reason given on why he periodically lost his powers. Its hinted that this was because of his state of mind but it isn’t fully explained.
They’re the only two things I can think of changing and overall it was a superb movie.
Tony’s Rating: 9/10
Plot Synopsis: Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire) can’t seem to catch any kind of break. Being Spiderman has brought him nothing but problems as far as his personal life is concerned. Not only that, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is engaged to astronaut John Jameson, and Peter may lose her forever. Things are so bad for him that he is pushed past his breaking point, so he decides that he doesn’t want to be Spiderman anymore, until a freak accident transforms Dr. Otto Octavius into Dr. Octopus, a super-villian with four metal tentacles coming out of him. Peter realizes that only Spiderman can stop him, but of course, problems arise. Mary Jane gets caught in the middle, and Harry Osborn, who still blames Spiderman for the death of his father, Norman Osborn, also the Green Goblin, wants him dead. Spiderman will have to push himself past his limits if he’s going to survive.