Spider-Man Battles Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2
Jul 2, 2004 (Updated May 4, 2007)
Review by Marie Dragonfire
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Cast, story, effects, Doc Ock. Everything really.
Cons:Rude people in the theater.
The Bottom Line: Spider-Man 2 is absolutely amazing. People who liked the first movie, and fans of the comics should go see this movie. This is a movie to see in the theater.
I really enjoyed Spider-Man and Ive been looking forward to seeing Spider-Man 2 for a long time now. The first preview I saw for it was very short and didnt show a lot, but it made me want to see the movie even more. I wanted to go on opening day, but I wasnt able to. I did make it on the second day, after I watched the first movie again.
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When discussing some things about Spider-Man 2, I will mention a few things that happened in the first movie and that will be spoilers for that movie. Read with caution if you havent seen that movie yet. I do think that people should see Spider-Man before seeing Spider-Man 2.
The life of a super hero wasnt easy for Peter Parker. He helped people and captured criminals whenever he could. Doing that didnt pay his bills though, so Peter had a job delivering pizzas that he lost for being late one too many times. He was also missing some of his college classes and one of his instructors, Dr. Connors, warned him he was in danger of failing. Peter was working on a research paper on Dr. Otto Octavius, who happened to be a friend of Dr. Connors. Peter no longer lived with Harry, and the two didnt see each other that often anymore. Harry was obsessed with finding Spider-Man and making him pay for Normans death. Peter was living in a very small, run down apartment, and he was behind on the rent on it. He still sold some pictures of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson. Peter had trouble with his abilities at different times, which reinforced his thoughts of giving up being Spider-Man and living a normal life again.
Peter still loved Mary Jane, but he hadnt seen in her a long time either. He was still convinced it would be too dangerous for them to be together. Mary Janes picture was plastered all over the city on billboards for a perfume and she was acting in an off Broadway production of The Importance of Being Ernest. Peter didnt make it to the show on time, and the usher refused to let him enter. After the show, he saw Mary Jane leave with another man. A little later Peter learned that Mary Jane was dating John Jameson, an astronaut and son of J. Jonah Jameson.
Otto was working on a fusion experiment for Ozcorp. Harry was running the company and looking to Otto to make the company a fortune. Harry arranged for Peter to meet Otto. The two got along well, and Peter also met Ottos wife Rosalie. The two were very much in love. During the demonstration, Otto revealed four robotic arms that he used during the experiment. The arms were linked to Ottos brain so he could control them. The arms were very advanced, so he also included a special chip that would make sure he remained in complete control of the arms. Things went wrong during the experiment and something happened to Rosalie. The arms were fused to his body and the special chip was destroyed. He wasnt the same anymore, though he decided to continue his work. He made an agreement with Harry to get something for the experiment in exchange for Spider-Man.
Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborne
Alfred Molina - Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock
Rosemary Harris - Aunt May
J.K. Simmons - J. Jonas Jameson
Donna Murphy - Rosalie Octavius
Daniel Gillies - John Jameson
Dylan Baker - Dr. Curt Conners
Sam Raimi - Director
Spider-Man 2 was released on June 30, 2004. The movie has already broken some box office records. It was rated PG-13 and 127 minutes long. I dont think this is a movie for young children. There were a few in the theater when I saw the movie, and they were very bored when there wasnt any action going on. The movie is based on the comic book and characters created by Stan Lee.
Spider-Man 2 picked up a while after the end of the first movie. There was a bit of a recap of the major events from the first movie provided during the opening credits. I like how that was done. At one point, it was mentioned that it had been two years since Bens death. Several characters returned from the first movie. Some like J. Jonah Jameson werent around too much in either movie. It seemed like Harry wasnt around as much since he and Peter had grown apart. Mary Jane was a bit more important in this movie. I think Aunt May also had a few more scenes this time. Since several characters returned, it wasnt necessary to spend as much time setting things up or introducing new characters. Doc Ock was the only new character that had a lot of screen time. He was a complex, well developed character.
Since there wasnt a need to set up and explain everything like there was in the first movie, Spider-Man 2 was able to get to the story and action a bit quicker. A big part of the movie this time was how Peter was struggling with the reality of being a super hero. People in the city did like him, but some considered him to be a criminal because of the way he was portrayed in the press. He did a lot of good as Spider-Man, but that didnt pay his bills. He felt like he couldnt be close to anyone because that would put them in danger. Peter was still struggling with guilt over the deaths of Ben and Norman. I have read some things about the movie that complained about some of what Peter was having to go through. I think that made the movie seem more realistic. When you really stop and think about it, being a super hero wouldnt be great all the time, especially with some of what was related to Peters situation. It would be really tough to have to keep such a big part of your life secret all the time. I wasnt bothered by Peters struggle with being a super hero. That made the movie richer and more than just a mindless action movie.
There was a lot of action in Spider-Man 2. The action sequences were very well done. Spider-Man was again swinging through the sky. I think those scenes looked a bit more natural this time. Spider-Man caught criminals at different times during the movie. He rescued people, including Aunt May and Mary Jane. He fought Doc Ock in some very impressive fight scenes. They had one fight on top of a moving elevated train. There were some explosions. I thought there was enough action in the movie to keep things interesting. There were some more serious and emotional scenes in the movie as well. Those scenes were a little slower, but that didnt bother me. Some people could be bored by those parts, especially if they are just looking for nonstop mindless action. There was a bit of violence during the fights, as well as during the scene when Doc Ock first woke up after his accident, but those parts werent too extreme. I didnt think that the movie that violent overall.
Special effects were important for Spider-Man 2 like they were in the first movie. CGI effects were used to show Spider-Man swinging through the sky. I think those effects did look a bit better in this movie. I know that some of the backgrounds for different scenes were created using computers from some things Ive read about this movie, but those parts blended in well. Im not sure exactly what kind of effects were done for Doc Ock, but I think that his robotic arms were CGI. I dont know for sure though. Special effects were necessary for this movie, like they were in the first.
I watched a Spider-Man cartoon all the time when I was little. I have a few of the comic books, but not to many. I know some things about the characters, but not as much as die hard fans would. I do know in the comics that Peter and Mary Jane had a complicated relationship. I dont know if she ever dated John Jameson though. I dont remember anything like that. Aunt May turned up in the comics and the cartoon, though I dont think she had to deal with the situation that she had in the movie. I dont remember Harry at all. I do remember Doc Ock, but not how he ended up that way. I figure that things were different from the comics since things are always changed around some when movies are based on books. Some things that happened in the movie were predictable - I think Ive yet to see an experiment go right in a movie based on a comic - but there were other things that I didnt expect. There were a few scenes in the movie that hinted at things to come in the next movie.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man was the main character. He had been well developed in the first movie. His development continued in this movie. He is a complex character, full of doubts like a normal person. That makes him more realistic to me. Harry returned, though he and Peter werent as close as they once were. Harry didnt have a major part in this movie, but he was still developed well. He was obsessed with finding Spider-Man and avenging his fathers death even though his relationship with his dad wasnt always the best. He seemed ok when he first turned up, but as the movie progressed, he seemed to slip further into his obsession and even start to descend into madness. Mary Jane seemed to be around more often. She also grew over the course of the movie. She was acting in a play, which was her dream, and even doing some modeling, but she was troubled by things. She was even more conflicted about her emotions in this movie. Aunt May didnt have too many scenes, but she was a full character too. She had her own set of problems she was trying to deal with.
Otto Octavius/Doc Ock was the main new character added to Spider-Man 2. He was a very complex man. When he and Peter first met, Otto was a kind, intelligent man. He was doing his experiments with fusion to try to find an alternate energy source to help people. He believed in using his intelligence to do what he could to help others. He was also deeply in love with his wife Rosalie, and she returned his feelings. The two only had a few short scenes together, but it was clear how they felt about each other. When the experiment didnt go right, what happened to Rosalie along with the problem with the robotic arms radically changed Otto. He was going to do the experiment again, and he wasnt going to let anything stop him. He was violent at times. I really liked this character. I liked him better than Norman/Green Goblin. Before his accident, Norman was already obsessed with keeping his company running and did seem to have some anger issues a few times. The accident just made that part of Norman worse. He was a decent bad guy, but I just liked Doc Ock better. Otto had an accident as well, but his personality change was more complete. I think he just looked cooler with those robotic arms than the Green Goblin did with that strange helmet.
John, the man Mary Jane was dating, wasnt in too many scenes at all and he really wasnt developed. Most of the characters in the movie are well rounded and have depth to them, which doesnt happen too often in movies that are marketed to be blockbuster summer movies. Usually those movies go for the action and special effects, and the characters suffer, and end up being flat, one-dimensional characters. I have seen and enjoyed many movies like that, but the fact that the characters in this movie were developed so much made the movie that much better. It gave the movie a heart.
I thought that the acting in Spider-Man 2 was good. Tobey Maguire has become Spider-Man now. He does well with the part. Ive never been overly fond of Kirsten Dunst, but she did really well in this movie. Mary Jane had a lot of emotional scenes, and Dunst did very well with them. I could tell how conflicted Mary Jane was about some things because of her expressions. I think she did better in this movie. For the people who enjoyed seeing her in the very wet shirt in the first movie, there was a scene in this movie where Mary Jane was wet, and the top of her dress was clinging. It wasnt as noticeable this time, but it was there. James Franco did really well as Harry. The character had some mood swings, and Franco was believable with those parts. J. K. Simmons didnt have too much to do in this movie, though he may have been around in a few more scenes. He fits the part perfectly. I thought that Alfred Molina was wonderful as Otto. I think he gave the best performance in the movie. He made Doc Ock one of the best movie villains ever. He wasnt over the top like Willem Dafoe was as the Green Goblin. Willem Dafoe did make a brief appearance in some sort of vision Harry had. Cliff Robertson made a similar appearance in a vision Peter had.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man - He was juggling being a super hero with going to college and working. He had problems that regular people had in addition to problems related with being Spider-Man. He was conflicted about what he chose to do with his life.
Mary Jane Watson - She was now an actress and modeled for a perfume ad. She had feelings for Peter but she was tired of him letting her down. She was dating someone else.
Harry Osborne - He had been Peters best friend but the two grew apart. Harry was running Ozcorp, the company his father started. Harry was focused on finding Spider-Man and getting revenge for his fathers death. Harry was having mood swings and drinking more.
May - Peters aunt. She was a kind woman. She still missed her husband Ben. She was having some problems that she didnt share with Peter at first. She worried about her nephew a lot.
Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock - He was a very intelligent scientist working on an experiment with fusion. He was kind and believed he should use his knowledge to help people. He saw it as a gift. He changed greatly after an experiment didnt go right.
J. Jonah Jameson - He was the editor of the Daily Bugle.
John Jameson - Astronaut that Mary Jane was dating.
I loved Spider-Man 2. I wouldnt hesitate to get see it again and I will be getting the DVD. I do think I was surrounded by the rudest group of people Ive had the misfortune to sit near during a movie, but even they didnt stop me from enjoying the movie. People who liked the first movie should go see this one. This is a movie to go see at a theater. People who enjoy movies based on comic books should like this one. I think this is the best movie Ive ever seen that was based on comic book characters. It is already one of my favorite super hero movies, along with the first movie and the X-Men movies.
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