Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 ★★★★★

When you think back to the 2000’s, super hero films weren’t a dime a dozen like they are today but there were two big franchises everyone loved; X-Men and Spider-Man. The first entry grossed $100 million dollars on its opening weekend (at the time no other film had done so) and naturally fans wanted a sequel. 2 years later we would get an anticipated film that end up becoming what many believe to be one of the best comic book films of all time. Peter Parker is experiencing a tough time in his life when the film starts. He’s late for work, school and just about everything else because of his duties as Spider-Man and it’s starting to take a toll on him. He loves Mary Jane Watson but cannot confess his true feelings as he fears if someone where to find out his secret identity, her life would be in danger. Everything seems to be headed in the wrong direction for Peter and now he has to face off against a scientist who he’s had great admiration for, who’s tragic accident led to having 4 robotic metal arms who influence him into a villain known as Doctor Octopus. For a film that came out in 2004, the visuals hold up extremely well (it actually won an Oscar for its effects) and the combination of practical and CGi works wonderfully. Small things like the arms of Doc Ock or even just Spider-Man swinging through the city it all looks so good and at the peak of it all is the unforgettable train sequence. It’s tense, well choreographed and one of the best action scenes of all time in my opinion. Some of the truly best aspects of the film come from Peter’s dilemma of being Spider-Man versus Peter Parker. He feels an obligation to do good but he also wants to be happy and enjoy his life but the constant bad luck he has in the film makes you really care about him and his struggles. Sam Rami really put his signature touch all over, especially the infamous hospital scene that really reminds you of Evil Dead, and it makes this film feel totally unique. If I had to point a flaw sometimes the back and forth between MJ and Peter can be quite tedious but it’s a small nitpick in an otherwise great film. Spider-Man 2 is not just a great sequel but an all time classic.