Spiderman 2, 2004 “One of the Best Superhero Flicks” – Movie Review
“One of the Best Superhero Flicks, Period!”
The second installment in the Spiderman series is a continuation of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy, it is set 2 years after the events of Spiderman thus the old characters from the original Spiderman
reprise their roles.
Peter Parker is played by Tobey Maguire and he is joined by Kirsten Dunst (Hidden Figures), James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Rosemary Harris (This Means
War). Peter is finding it difficult to balance between his normal life and his responsibility as a full-time hero, in addition, his relationship with his love interest and closest friend Harry Osborn is becoming more strained. Things go from bad to worse when a failed experiment by Dr. Otto Octavious (Alfred Molina) kills his wife and grants him superhuman abilities such as control of highly enhanced robotic arms.
For many Spiderman 2 is the best in the series, not many arguments can be made about the film. Our main characters have evolved in their respective careers, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is pursuing her career in Broadway, Harry Osborn (James Franco) has climbed the ladder at Oscorp Industries after the death of his father and Peter Parker is now in college but is struggling to balance his normal life and duties as a hero.
The story mainly focuses on Peter, after victoriously declaring he is Spiderman at the end of the first film, he is not prepared to handle the responsibilities. He is constantly knocked down both emotionally and physically, this is excellently portrayed throughout the film.
The action sequences are just as good as they were in the first film, especially the epic train sequence with Spidey and Doc Ock. It is reminiscent of a scene in the new Spiderman film as shown in the trailer.
The supporting characters are still are a key component of the film, Harry is on a downward spiral after his investment in Doc Ock's experiment falls apart, at the same time he is still coming to terms with the death of his father. This leads to an intense scene with Peter that is deserved given the excellent writing for the character.
What is clear in this film is that it focuses on the characters and how crazy a superhero’s world can be especially if he/she is still young. Doc Ock as the main villain is a huge positive in this film, the character’s motivations are clear and solid, unlike the hollow villains we see in the film genre. Not only was this a good film, the official video game for it was a huge success. Definitely a film worth adding to the collection.