Go get em' Tiger
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris and JK Simmons.
Two years after acquiring the abilities of a superhuman and defeating a psychopathic villain, Peter Parker (Maguire) now lives out his adult life as a college student. Despite being a super genius of the 21st century, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man can't handle the weight of the real world that even his Spidey senses can't solve.
2002 was the year of one of the most successful comic book movies of all time. It wasn't without numerous flaws, but wasn't hard to figure out a franchise would be born. In his next ride, Sam Raimi returns on the director's chair to ground Spider-Man to the hero every fan has longed looked up to and related to. Parker had to balance being a hero, rejecting his feelings for the woman he loves, Mary Jane Watson (Dunst), missing class, his best friend who likes him but hates his alter ego, declining grades and to top it all of, Aunt May's house ready for foreclosure from the bank. Man, Stark never had this problem. Just goes to show that money is the best superpower out there.
All this weight stressing out Parker was the best direction the sequel could have taken. Not only is the villain perfectly executed, but such problems your average Joe undergoes in their life is as real as it gets. This is what basically won the fans over yet again and most of the critics who ditched the first movie. Not many audiences go for the godhood hero. Sure, we have plenty of those, but it is always best to ground them just enough to appeal to everyone else.
Where's the fun in having the luck without the hardships? But Parker is not alone in his endeavors. Dr. Otto Octavius (Molina) is a renowned scientists of fictional studies with a genius level that rivals that of at least 3 Einstein combined. Even the best minds of the world need to look over their notes and calculations over and over to avoid improbable mistakes. The web hits the fan eventually, when an experiment is miscalculated and nearly destroys all of New York. Otto loses his wife, credibility and sanity. He does however, gain an extra set of limbs and turns into a mad scientists.
This is where the special effects department does it right. Most of the fights with Spidey are CGI and they managed to make it believable enough to convince the viewer. Adequate body construction, obvious gravity in play; basically the works. Surprisingly enough, Doc Ock's titanium A.I. arms still hold up after 8 years. It sure would be cool to see an updated version of them. Like Norman Osborn and his Jekyll & Hyde state of mind, Molina's character battles his own intelligence. It was his brilliant mind that caused the death of his wife and also to question his calculations. Being infused with his new toys, that primitive -primal negative instinct always kicks in to say "No, you were not wrong. We just have to prove to them how right you are" You know what I mean.
Harry Osborn (Franco) is still his father's bitch. Stuck in the past with a personal vendetta towards Spider-Man for "causing" Norman's death. Like father like son, he is haunted by Osborn' senior's ghost and joins the Goblin family (Which we will see in part 3). And then we have Parker and his constant rejection towards M.J. His powers stop working almost permanently and the real cause of it all is trying to balance his personal life, alter ego and his bonds with Harry and Mary Jane Watson.
One hell of a burden for a mortal. Only when he lets go, and takes a chance with M.J. does he realize the possibilities of managing the impossible. I must say, it is still a favorite part of the movie where he dodged the car ever so elegantly. We can't forget how Parker behaves when he abandons his powers. It feels wrong, but shows that being a hero takes more than wearing a costume. Being a hero is like being a man. As for M.J., Dunst gets better in her role for the character, although my biggest complaint is the fact that she and every other woman in the movie screamed way to much to the point where I wanted them to just die.
The choices you make that mold your existence. Everyone debates the train fight scene. They would be correct. Action and Drama well crafted to show just how strong Parker can really be, how devilish Octavius can let himself go the will of the people to protect someone they don't know; someone whom they shouldn't owe anything.
Overall, it is a better sequel, and the best in the series in terms of story, character development and cool action sequences. it also has one of the best endings to a hero franchise ever. However, part 3 has the best action.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus