Movie Stats & Links
||Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst,
Alfred Molina, James Franco
||Bring them along.
||Lots of fighting.
||Lots of chasing.
||Lots of laughing.
||The El train
one-liners to list.
||Avi Arad, Laura
I liked "Spider-Man 2" so much better than the
original for many reasons, but a big reason was simply this Ė Doc Ock
had a better costume. Alright, I take that back a little Ė Doc Ock
didnít have that dorky mask that the Green Goblin had, and the
tentacles kicked way more ass than the glider. Enough about costumes,
what about the movie?
A Movie Review
Our core cast of characters are back for part
two, and that probably made all of the difference in being able to
fully develop the characters, and set up the easy third installment.
Youíve still got Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, still a
nerd, still trying to come to terms with his destiny, and still in
love with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who you still wonder if
she has been able to figure out who Spidey really is, but even so,
sheís now set her sights on J. Jonah Jamesonís (J.K. Simmons)
astronaut son. Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) is back, always giving
motherly advice to Peter, and Harry "I want Spider-Man dead" Osborn
(James Franco) returns, this time running the company, setting his big
goal on Dr. Octaviusí (Alfred Molina) work being able to transport his
company into the stratosphere.
Iím sure from the trailers youíve been able to figure out the main
story line, namely a freak scientific accident transforms the nice Dr.
Octavius into a crazy man named Doc Ock with tentacles attached to his
spine. Heís out to find Spider-Man, namely because Harry promises a
butt-load of radioactive material to carry out his science fair
project if Doc can bring Spidey to his doorstep. Harry clues the bad
Doctor on to the fact that Peter has been able to take pictures of our
hero, so Doc takes the one thing from Peter that would make him find
Spider-Man, namely Mary Jane. And so the fights are on, the chases are
on, and you can tell the advancements in technology just from the
scenes of Spider-Man jumping from building to building.
The other good thing about this version versus the original is that
since weíve already got the characters simply established, the
director and writers are able to give a little more time into further
character development. They use an interview Peter has with Dr.
Octavius to let us into the Docís psyche, but further develop Peterís
love/hate relationship with his destiny, further develop Mary Jane
really being in love with Peter, and how Harry will eventually follow
in his fatherís footsteps as the bad guy, straight out of the comic
And I think those last six words in the previous sentence sum up
why certain comic book franchises are monsters, and why others fail Ė
those that succeed are based on story lines that have already been
written in the original comic books.
Pretty much if you liked the original Spider-Man, youíll probably
love this follow-up. And if you didnít see the first one, this oneís
not all "Oh my God, Iím Spider-Man, Iím in love with Mary Jane, I have
to save the world" and fight scene, chase scene, sentimental scene,
fight scene, chase scene. Nope, this one has a little more of a story,
a little more character insight, and still some fun action and good
I gave "Spider-Man" 4 Ĺ, but this one kicks it up a notch, so itís
an easy 5 stars out of 5 for "Spider-Man 2". Kirsten still looks great
with water cascading down her body, Tobey has really filled into the
role, and itís a great set-up for what should be a great "Spider-Man
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!