Since discovering he has the power to protect the defenseless, Peter Parker’s life has become one big scheduling conflict. Between his 9-5 job as a pizza delivery guy, college classes and keeping the streets of New York safer, Peter (Tobey Maguire) has no time for a personal life. This means he also doesn’t have the time to see his childhood crush, the pretty red-headed, MJ (Kirsten Dunst). The recent success of MJ as a Broadway actress makes Peter proud but his best-laid plans to finally see her perform are foiled when he’s again pulled into helping police. Sad over disappointing the girl of his dreams, Peter watches from the sidelines as she puts her faith elsewhere.
Living in anonymity is Spider-Man’s best friend, and so Peter is unable to share with anyone who he really is. Especially not to his best friend Harry (James Franco) who continues his quest of revenge on Spider-Man. Harry arranges for Peter to meet the great scientist Doctor Octavius (Alfred Molina), but when the experiment goes horribly array, the man is left injured and his beloved wife dead. This experiment suddenly becomes reality and Peter must again step up to protect those he loves.
Working my way through the Marvel adaptations is more fun than it should be. Such is the case with round two of Spider-Man’s adventures. Actually, this sequel is more fun despite the villain being equally, well, ridiculous. Although to be fair, the franchise takes an interesting approach to their villains. Unlike most counterparts, here are villains who fight against themselves. Neither of them are bad guys prior to an experiment that goes horribly array. Giving Peter a new enemy each movie is also something I appreciate as I detest seeing the same villain repeatedly come up against the good guy. You can get away with it twice (maybe) before it feels like the hero never wins.
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Part of this series appeal is how Peter loves MJ; it’s so pure and adorable! I love their banter even though she can get on my nerves! Nevertheless, I love their final scene together (about time she has some gumption!). Same as before, the cast is impressive and in addition to its stars we see Elizabeth Banks, J.K. Simmons (The Closer) and in a surprise appearance, Emily Deschanel (Bones), watch closely though or you’ll miss her. The filming improves, and the overall direction is better. Plus the opening title sequence is not just creative, but also a snapshot reminder of what happens in film one.
The writer’s give some poignant message, and because of this, they approach the story with more heart. In particular, the scene closer to the end in which the people Spidey saves i well done, and hits a nerve in sticking up for a champion, to believe in without reservation. Still not my favorite hero from Marvel, Spider-Man 2 is nothing if not a good time.
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CONTENT: There’s tense moments during the battles Peter takes up, and he’s beat up several times. Doc. Ock terrorizes citizens. One “intense” scene finds a train almost going over a dead end portion of tracks into the water. MJ is kidnapped. Profanity is rare if anywhere in the script. Spider-Man 2 is PG13.