Monday, 10 March 2014

Spider-Man 2 Review

Spider Man 2

Release Date: 30th June 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Marvel Enterprises
Lauren Ziskin Productions

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 127 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $783,766,341 

Plot Summary
As Peter Parker gives up 
his crime-fighting identity 
of Spider-Man - in a 
desperate attempt to 
return to ordinary life and 
keep the love of M.J. 

A ruthless, terrifying new 
villain, the multi-tentacled 
Doc Ock, forces Peter to 
swing back into action 
to save everything he 
holds dear.

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

Director - Sam Raimi
Based on Marvel Comic Book "The Amazing Spider-Man"/
Executive Producer/Consultant - Stan Lee
Based on Marvel Comic Book "The Amazing Spider-Man" -
Steve Ditko
Screen Story - Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and
Michael Chabon
Screenplay - Alvin Sargent 
Producers - Avid Arad and Laura Ziskin
Production Designer - Neil Spisak
Costume Designers - James Acheson and
Gary Jones
Director of Photography - Bill Pope
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Stunt Coordinator - Scott Rogers
Fight Choreographer - Dion Lam
Special Effects Supervisor - John Fraizer
Special Visual Effects Designer - John Dykstra
Visual Effects Supervisors - Scott Stokdyk,
Greg Anderson, Tim Hawkins and Eric Durst
Animation Director - Anthony LaMolinara
Film Editor - Bob Murawski 
Music - Danny Elfman


2005 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk,
Anthony LaMolinara and John Fraizer (Won)
Best Sound Mixing - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell,
Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph Geisinger (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Paul N.J. Ottosson

Years ago, I had neglected to watch SPIDER-MAN 2 on its home release after it came out, let me tell you I wish I had watched it because boy was I missing out for being insecure. Years later, the second sequel would become a prominent choice in the category and a much loved fan-favourite. In its magnitude scope that presents the well-developed narrative plot arc and the explosive pulse of action. Containing the similarities of SUPERMAN II (click here) in the film's story, it never got too quick to be rich. Tobey Maguire is still far from evocative to be the title character and sadly he still has one year left to portray Spidey in just one more movie. Astounding in the movie was Alfred Molina to play one of Spider-Man's more deadliest foes; the character is added with sympathy as his main development into a worthy foe. It's a shame to see a villain to lose everything that he had and hoped for to follow his dream.

One last main section to note in this post, the visuals like the machine tentacles for Dr. Octopus are rendered graphically more than the first. The CGI is far from aging in the historical obscurity and truly put together in the real time.

Very resourceful of SPIDER-MAN 2 to come off as expectedly and I truly find it to be a very great movie at the top of its game. 

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. My favorite spiderman movie. I like it more that The Amazing Spiderman.