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The Best Superhero Movie Ever,
"Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts."
Spider-Man 2 was everything a comic book movie should be. From the opening credits, which were done cleverly by using comic stills to explain the events of the first film, to the closing credits, I sat in the jam packed sold out movie theater mesmerized as Sam Raimi flawlessly put together the definitive comic book movie.
To begin with, I enjoyed this movie more than the first one in every category. I felt more characterization. I could relate with Parker's emotions on a higher level than the first movie. Also, all of the other characters put on better acting performances than the previous installment. The overall plot, I felt, was better too. This time, the plot surrounded Peter Parker, played by Toby Maguire, going through the days with his ongoing struggle as he leads on a double life. He has no time for his friends, his school work; he's even on the brink of being fired from his job of a pizza delivery boy. Meanwhile, he wants his relationship with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) to grow, but he has never made a move, because he can't, being Spider-Man and all. Harry Osbourne, played by James Franco, continues to be friends with Peter, but has an ongoing growing hatred for the man that killed his father, Spider-Man. From there, we meet Dr. Otto Octavious, a good hearted scientist that wants to create a new type of fusion energy. At the same time, he has created four mechanical arms, able to work with the reaction which he straps onto his body. With the use of trillium, supplied by OsCorp, Dr. Otto Octavious attempts this fusion process. However, things take a horrific turn for the worse when the reaction gets out of control and leaves Dr. Octavious victim to an explosion that leaves the mechanical arms welded to his body. Thus, Dr. Octopus, or Doc Ock as they call him, is born. From there, the movie becomes a dazzling spectacle of directing at its finest. Despite the action sequences being amazing, Sam Raimi does a magnificent job of making them believable, and not overdoing them either. There is still a lot of focus on Peter Parker, which makes this the most accurate and best comic book adaptation to date.
Although I liked the first Spider-Man, I felt the acting was a little dry, and there wasn't as much onscreen chemistry between Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. This, however, is all fixed in Spider-Man 2. Toby Maguire is now an even more believable Peter Parker, and Kirsten Dunst is great as Mary Jane. Also, the two of them seemed to click onscreen, as they seem to work so well together. Willem Dafoe was great as the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man, yet I felt that Alfred Molina was even greater as Dr. Octopus in this one.
Growing up and watching the corny Spider-Man television cartoon on Fox Kids, Dr. Octopus has always been my favorite villain in the series. I imagined the fantastic possibilities of the use of the mechanical arms in combat, and while I felt my thoughts were creative, the fight scenes in this movie were better than I could have imagined. An amazing combat sequence atop a speeding train is among my favorite sequences, but there are others, and I won't go into detail of them. I can tell you though, I was very pleased.
It seems director Sam Raimi has hit a homerun with this one. Improving upon the first installment in every category, it seems Sam Raimi has finally found his groove. The film sets up a third installment, and all I can say is that I literally can't wait. I hear May 2007 is the tentative date of release. Overall, Spider-Man 2 combines everything that a comic book movie should be to create an exhilarating ride that shouldn't be missed by any movie watcher. Much recommended.
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