So I'm a little late to the Spidey 2 party, what can I say? Life gets in the way, and being out of my teens and twenties, I'm over the "stand in line the night before the big blockbuster movie premieres" syndrome.
Ok, so I even did that in my thirties, but The Phantom Menace cured me of that forever. On to the review....
If I were one to give movies ratings, which I generally don't, I'd have to give Spiderman 2 five stars out of a possible four. It was incredible, not just as a superhero movie, but against any action/adventure film. (No, it's not Citizen Kane, all right?)
I went in with high expectations due to all the positive buzz, and I was not disappointed. Spiderman 2 grabbed me right from the opening credits, where an overview of the first movie was shown via a combination of live action shots and Alex Ross renderings. It was a great refresher to prepare us for what was ahead.
In this film it's been a couple of years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has donned the red and blue tights. The responsibility of being Spiderman while also trying to pay the rent and do well in college is starting to take it's toll. He may be able to shoot webs from his wrists, but he's still gotta sleep.
Being the responsible person depicted in the first film, Peter has a tough time turning his back on crime and people otherwise in trouble. As you can imagine, living in NYC this would be a full time job on it's own. He's starting to fail in school, does not see his friends, and can't even hold down a job as a pizza delivery guy. He's extremely stressed, and it's even started affecting his web-slinging abilities.
His friend Harry Osborne (James Franco) is still harboring a hatred of Spiderman due to the death of his (Harry's) father which is bordering on obsession. Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter are still doing the "I love you but I can't tell you" dance, which handled differently, had the potential to be extremely annoying, but was done well here.