Spider-Man 2 is a rarity--a sequel that is better than its predecessor. The success of Spider-Man can be greatly attributed to the audience’s ability to relate with the character. Peter Parker is just like all of us … he is an everyman.

(2004) Film Review

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Directed by Sam Raimi
Click to enlargeComic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Screen story by Michael Chabon, Miles Millar, Alfred Gough

Cast (in credits order)
Tobey Maguire .... Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Kirsten Dunst .... Mary Jane Watson
James Franco .... Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina .... Doc Ock/Dr. Otto Octavius
Rosemary Harris .... May Parker
J.K. Simmons .... J. Jonah Jameson
Donna Murphy .... Rosalie Octavius
Daniel Gillies .... John Jameson
Dylan Baker .... Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn .... Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Vanessa Ferlito .... Louise
Aasif Mandvi .... Mr. Aziz
Willem Dafoe .... Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Cliff Robertson .... Ben Parker
Ted Raimi .... Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks .... Miss Brant
Bruce Campbell .... Snooty Usher
Gregg Edelman .... Dr. Davis
Elya Baskin .... Mr. Ditkovich
Mageina Tovah .... Ursula
Daniel Dae Kim .... Raymond

Produced by
Avi Arad .... producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... executive producer
Grant Curtis .... co-producer
Stan Lee .... executive producer
Laura Ziskin .... producer

Original Music by
Danny Elfman
John Debney (additional music)
The Ataris (song "The Night the Lights Went Out in NYC")
Christopher Carrabba (song "Vindicated)
Kris Roe (song "The Night The Lights Went Out In NYC")

Cinematography by Bill Pope
Addional photography by Anette Haellmigk
Film Editing by Bob Murawski

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence.
Runtime: 127 min

For rating reasons, go to FILMRATINGS.COM, and MPAA.ORG.
Parents, please refer to PARENTALGUIDE.ORG

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Spider-Man 2 - Music From And Inspired By
Various Artists - Soundtracks - 2004
1. Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional
2. Ordinary - Train
3. Did You - Hoobastank
4. Hold On - Jet
5. Gifts And Curses - Yellowcard
6. Woman - Maroon 5
7. This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) - Taking Back Sunday
8. Give It Up - Midtown
9. Lucky You - lostprophets
10. Who I Am - Smile Empty Soul
11. The Night That The Lights Went Out In NYC - The Ataris
12. We Are - Ana
13. Someone To Die For - Jimmy Gnecco featuring Brian May
14. Spidey Suite - Danny Elfman
15. Doc Ock Suite - Danny Elfman
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Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 2 is the highly-anticipated latest installment in the adventures of the legendary superhero, an exciting and fun-filled adventure, which reunites the cast and filmmakers from the blockbuster first film, including Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons, under the leadership of director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel's Avi Arad.

In Spider-Man 2, the web-slinging hero encounters a formidable new adversary, the villainous "Doc Ock," played by Alfred Molina. Also joining the ensemble are Daniel Gillies as John Jameson, Vanessa Ferlito as Louise, Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors and Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius.

Two years have passed since the mild-mannered Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) walked away from his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and decided to take the road to responsibility as Spider-Man. Peter must face new challenges as he struggles to cope with "the gift and the curse" of his powers while balancing his dual identities as the elusive superhero Spider-Man and life as a college student. The relationships Peter holds most dear are now in danger of unraveling as he clashes with the powerful, multi-tentacled villain Doctor Octopus aka “Doc Ock” (Alfred Molina).

Peter’s life-long yearning for M.J. becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to abandon his secret life and declare his love. In the meantime, M.J. has moved on with her life. She has embarked on an acting career and has a new man in her life. Peter’s relationship with his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) has been overshadowed by Harry’s growing vendetta against Spider-Man, whom he holds responsible for his father’s death.

Peter's life becomes even more complicated when he is pitted against a powerful new nemesis, Dr. Otto Octavius (Molina) -- “Doc Ock.” Peter must now learn to accept his fate and harness all his superhero talents in order to stop this diabolical madman in his octagonal tracks.

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In 1940, someone at Republic Pictures realized the similarities between comic books and cinema, and Captain Marvel was rebirthed on the silver screen. Though Captain America, Batman and Superman soon followed suit with their own serials, the low budgets and lack of technology made convincing adaptations impossible. Though the Batman television series of the ’60s was highly entertaining, its campiness turned it into something altogether different from the original text. Our current decade brings another comic-to-screen revival, though a majority of the films have either strayed too far from the original sources or have become too shallow to enjoy. Thankfully, Spider-Man 2 swung in the midst of the commercial hoopla and saved the day for superhero films everywhere.
The movie picks up two years from where Spider-Man left off...
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Spiderman 2 and the IH Syndrome
(IH =Isolated Hero)

Click to enlargeDespite the truly terrible stunt doubles (who actually got full-face shots even though they looked nothing like the main actors) and the sometimes overdone computer animation, this movie won my heart because it didn’t pin its hero into eternal isolation.

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In a summer filled with discord and conflict, we needed a hero to bring us all back into focus. And just when we thought he had left us and wouldn’t return, we get a new and better dose of heroism from none other than Spider-Man. Click to enlargeWhile our young hero may be going through some difficult times of self-searching, the lessons he learns are lessons that will benefit us all. Not only are we exhilarated by the movie experience of the summer, but we come away feeling good and finding answers about the struggles we go through in our own lives -- we realize they have value and help us become the very person we need to be to help the planet we live on.

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Benn has an undergradute degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska and is working towards a masters in both Business and English. He owns some farmland and is currently writing a novel. He lives in Lincoln, NE.
Click to enlargeSpider-Man 2 is a rarity--a sequel that is better than its predecessor. The success of Spider-Man can be greatly attributed to the audience’s ability to relate with the character. Peter Parker (TOBEY MAGUIRE) is just like all of us … he is an everyman. In this installment of the series, Peter is learning how to utilize his gift while balancing real world responsibilities and desires. He’s been given a gift that, at times, seems like a curse and a burden. We learned in the first Spider-Man film that “with great power comes great responsibility”. In this film we witness the struggle with responsibility.

Click to enlargeIt’s also easier to relate to the villain of this film. Alfred Molina plays Otto Octavius who eventually becomes Doctor Octopus. Octavius is trying to capture the power of fusion to provide a cheaper and cleaner energy source through the help of OSCORP which is now being run by Harry Osborn. Octavius’ intentions are genuine, yet Osborn sees dollar signs and prestige. Octavius designs tentacles to handle the materials during testing that react to his brain impulses, however an accident leaves the chip that controls the tentacles damaged and the appendages now have partial control over Octavius. There’s a not so subtle argument against messing with nature.

Click to enlargePeter is torn between his unspoken love for Mary Jane Watson (KIRSTEN DUNST) and his implied duties as Spider-Man. He is struggling financially and with his school work and the pressure builds even more when Aunt May gets behind in her mortgage. He has no time for his friends as well and the stress has taken its toll on his powers--we learn the mental often affects the physical. Peter doubts who he is and who he’s called to be. Is being Spider-Man worth it or does it come at too high of a personal toll?

There is a very powerful scene where Spider-Man saves a train full of people and has removed his mask. His dual-nature is revealed and he is physically exhausted from the effort required to save all aboard. The crowd joins its effort to pass him back along the train in a very savior-like symbolic moment. We all need each other!

Another powerful moment comes when Aunt May is talking to Peter and states “there’s a hero in all of us. Sometimes we have to give up the thing we want the most … even our dreams.” Everyone can relate--sometimes we have to sacrifice a promotion to have time at home, move closer to aging parents to care for them, or face up to the fact that OUR wishes may not be the most important thing.

Click to enlargeWithout giving too much away, Spider-Man 2 is one of the best overall films I’ve seen this year. It manages to find great balance between character development and action sequences. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments as well … quite a few more than the first film. The character of Peter Parker is one we can all relate to. Each of us have our gifts and at times they feel like burdens, but our job on Earth is to utilize them as best we can. Sometimes responsibilities will take their toll. We may be torn between our own selfish desires and what we know is right in our hearts. No matter what we are all in this together whether we know it or not. Go see Spider-Man 2!


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