Spider-Man 2

SpiderMan2“I believe there’s a hero in all of us”

Tobey Maguire returns as Peter Parker, a.k.a Spiderman, in the continuing film series, based on the highly popular comic series originated by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee who also appears in a nice heroic cameo role. Director Sam Raimi and filmmakers make every frame count beginning with a creative art work sequence by Alex Ross that summarizes the previous installment and ending with a great setup for the next installment.

Peter finds great success in his superhero duties, but can’t seem catch a break (or even a snack), as he rides an emotional roller coaster while trying to balance his personal life, attend college, and make a living. His relationship with life long love, MJ…Mary Jane Watson, played by Kirsten Dunst, strains, but the genuine care and honesty remains. No chance of a raise from Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, well played again by J.K. Simmons, who continues to sling slander at Spidey to sell more newspapers. Of course, friend Harry Osborne resents Peter’s job and continues to seek vengeance against Spider-Man for the death of his father.

Wait I don’t think Spider-Man has enough challenges…how about a nemesis to battle against? In this episode, Dr. Otto Octavius (a.k.a. Dr. Octopus), well played by Alfred Molina (Maverick), fits the bill. He seeks to use fusion with nanotechnology and AI arms, but the arms end up having a personality of their own.

Filming began before an official script was completed, but it doesn’t affect the plot at all. You see new opportunities and possible future villain introductions, most notable Dr. Connors, played by Dylan Walsh (Road to Perdition) while screenwriters also tie up some loose ends, especially in a great interior scene where Peter talks with his Aunt May, well played by Rosemary Harris. Filmed in California, Chicago and New York City, Spider-Man 2 comes highly recommended and has a rating of PG-13 for action-related violence.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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