Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 ★★★★½

The Power of the Sun in the Palm of My Hand.
Spider-Man 2 is undeniably brilliant.
It's quite possibly the best balance of the comic's wackiness and the serious high stakes that a blockbuster like this needs. But also what makes this installment stand out, in particular, is the balance that Raimi and Maguire find in both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Both sides of the hero go through significant character arcs both weaving into another effortlessly.
Introducing Alfred Molina's Dr. Otto Octavius is a fantastic villain who is responsible for two of the best sequences of modern superhero films with the infamous train scene and the hilarious body horror scene as surgeons attempt to remove the metal arms.
A significant improvement and a real turning point proving that superhero films can embrace their origins whilst portraying complex character stories.

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