July 13, 2004

Spider-Man 2

Very damn good. Almost excellent. If this is formula, it is formula very well done.

One problem these comic book movies tend to have, as I've mentioned on this blog before, is a villain that is much more interesting than the hero. The first Batman movies are a great example of this. However, this film balances the hero and the bad guy very well. Doc Ock is quite a compelling villain, but he doesn't outshine Spidey. And, you don't just hate Ock. You have to feel for him to a degree because he has been taken over by these artificially intelligent arms. This might be the most imaginative villain construct I've ever seen. Credit Stan Lee for that.

Peter Parker's existential conflicts are nicely portrayed without detracting from the action, adding enough to the story such that supposed grownups like me can appreciate the whole film more. Or at least this gives us something to kid ourselves with. I would begrudgingly admit that I was getting impatient with all of Peter and Spidey's mooning over the woman that he won't let himself have.

I also really appreciated the guts of the storytellers of Spider-Man 2 to allow the mask to come off to a limited degree, relieving some of that tension that is caused by the hero's incessant and absolute anonymity. Yes the magic here arises from the humanity and youth of our hero. They could not have casted Spider-Man better than Tobey Maguire.

My attention span is almost non-existent; I am very easily bored. So, I can always gauge the quality of a movie simply by how many times, during viewing, I wonder what time it is or how much time is left. Whenever I'm watching a film at home I usually keep tabs on this as it plays. However, Spider-Man 2 held me enrapt all the way to the end credits. For a 2+ hour movie this is actually quite an accomplishment.

Wayne says, check it out!

p.s. Question: Was Spider-Man always spelled with a hyphen?

Posted by Wayne at July 13, 2004 09:23 AM

Good review, cant wait to see it tommorrow [I live in the UK!]
As for your question, Yes.
Evidence here!

Posted by: bhell13 at July 14, 2004 07:06 AM

Thanks for the link. It's funny, but I thought that it was always spelled without the hyphen, as one word. I know you'll enjoy the film.

Posted by: Wayne at July 15, 2004 12:13 AM
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