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ZeldaNinja567’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
FIRST TIME WATCHING
2004 was the year of great superhero movies. This and The Incredibles were movies that further cemented superhero movies as a place to stay. I also compare this to another movie franchise with a sequel that came out in 2004 that is one of my favorite movies (it has a green ogre). I compare it in the sense that both movies defined their franchises and became household names. Regardless of any comparisons, this movie is incredible.
The themes in this movie are excellent. I love how Peter has to deal with losing MJ and how that affects him. I appreciate the character interactions between everyone. It makes the world lived in and open. The characters in the movie continue to be phenomenal. I didn't mention J. Jonah Jameson, but this movie gave him more to do and he is unforgettable. J.K Simmons is perfect as this character and it's a no brainer they brought him back for the MCU. Peter is great here and I love Tobey Maguire's performance. Doc Ock is an excellent villain with a humanized performance from Alfred Molina. It hit all of the right notes. Like the last movie, the cinematography, editing, and directing are all top notch. The action in this movie is unbelievable. The train fight and Spider-Man stopping the train is one of the best scenes I have ever watched. I could go on and on, but every aspect of this movie has been nailed to a t. I was invested in every scene from beginning to end.
Spider-Man losing his powers wasn't the best plot point because it wasn't clearly established. However, I would argue that Peter losing his powers needed to happen. Other than that, I got nothing.
This movie had a tall order to fill, and it exceeded my expectations. I cannot recommend this movie enough and it is a must watch movie. From the brilliant characters, to the excellent plot, to the jaw-dropping action, there is something for everyone in this movie. My score is a 99%. My Spider-Man 3 review will be interesting, to say the least.