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Spider-Man 2
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Directed By
Sam Raimi

Written By:
Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Alvin

Cast:
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Bruce Campbell, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Gillies, Donna Murphy, Vanessa Ferlito, Ted Raimi

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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Movie Review by Chris
August 16th, 2007

It's been two years since Peter Parker (Maguire) transformed into Spider-Man, and he is still trying to balance life perfectly. His love for Mary Jane (Dunst) is becoming much stronger, as he finds it hard to not let her down. His friendship with Harry Osborn (Franco) is at risk, as the young Harry is frustrated with Spider-Man getting away with his father's death. And if this wasn't enough for the super hero, a new enemy is in town. Dr. Otto Octavius (Molina) is involved in a freak scientific accident and becomes the dangerous Doctor Octopus.

Spider-Man 2, is the direct sequel from director Sam Raimi, also responsible for the first movie. Simply put, Spider-Man 2 is a bigger, more expensive film then the first. As the firts film introduced us to character and how Peter originally got his powers, Spider-Man 2 is more of a personal exploration into Peter's world. So it does have amazing visual effects, great sound mixing and mind blowing action scenes, but the think I enjoyed the most about this movie was thinking about the complications that Peter must live with.

Tobey Maguire actually has a tougher role to play here as this sequel is more personal then the first. In Spider Man, Peter was happy that he received these powers, but by the end, he learned that in fact, theyre not as special as he might think. In Spider-Man 2, Peter faces a grave decision. Do I continue to live and fight as Spider Man, or succeed and love as Peter? There is a point in this movie where Peter actually throws Spider Man away from his life, and he is happy and such. Thats until he learns that Spider Man is needed, and Peter doesnt realize that until he is already gone. So Tobey Maguire does a lot better in here. I truly appreciate him as an actor taking on a complicated role in this movie. But he does it all very well and his acting never really lacks here. Alfred Molina is another one of the best actors in this movie. Playing as Doc Ock, the latest villian in the franchise, he does an amazing job with it all. We can tell, as an audience, that maybe he has some problems to.

The action in Spider-Man 2, is bigger and better looking then the first film had brought us. There is an amazing fight which takes place on the side of a building after a bank robbery, this is one of the biggest fights in the movie. It's cool just how amazing the visual effects are in the movie. The film had actually won an Oscar for best visual effects. There are plenty of details involved here as the effects range from falling stones, to Spider Man swinging through the city with the camera following close behind. We also get fights on trains and in an abandoned building by the water. All of the lighting and explosions and such all look great and they never lack to surprise us.

Spider Man 2 is probably the most perfect superhere movie ever made. Its fun and an emotionally challenging film.

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