Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Toby Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
Studio: Sony Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For stylized action violence)
Even the special effects are better this time around. One of the few major problems with the first Spider-Man movie was that there were too many times when the CGI Spider-Man looked more like a video game character then a real life person, and that the CGI and live-action didn't always merge successfully enough for the effect to be seem less. Well that problem is gone here. When I heard that the film makers spent $210 million dollars making this movie I was wondering what the heck could they possibly have spent the money on. After all, that's almost the entire budget of all three of the "Lord of The Rings" movies, and those movies cost $300 million to make all three of them! Looking at "Spider-Man 2" I'm guessing a good chunk of change went to paying the actors for their work in the movie, however there was also a considerable amount of money spent on the special effects, to make them look as good and seem less as they possibly could. While watching the movie I honestly couldn't tell when the Spider-Man I was watching was a CGI character or a real life person. Really, I couldn't separate the two without knowing ahead of time which scene's had the CGI character and which scene's didn't, the special effects are THAT good!
Another part of the special effects I loved were Doc Oc's mechanical arms. It would have been easy for the film makers to just slap on the mechanical arms as nothing more then a prop that they needed for the character, but the film makers take it a step further by giving those arms life. They think, they react, they have life, and the arms are just so much fun to watch as you don't know what they are going to do next. I can't even explain what makes them so good, but trust me when I say that you'll absolutely LOVE those arms when you see them! Danny Elfman's score for "Spider-Man 2" this time around is also much better. The score for the first movie was a good but ultimately forgettable piece of work, however the score in this movie (like the story and the CGI) has much more life, emotion, and oomph to it. I didn't buy the score for the first movie, however I will be buying the score for this one. "Spider-Man 2" is ultimately the best superhero movie ever made, one of the best movies of the year, and I honestly believe that this movie is good enough that it might be nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture of The Year!" It's THAT good!
"Spider-Man 2" is a movie that everyone regardless of age, gender, and personal taste can enjoy! Not since "Superman: The Movie" was released has the bar been raised so high for the superhero genre! While the movie may be too scary for kids under the age of 12 (unlike the first film, I believe this film earns its PG-13 rating) everyone else owes it to themselves to see not only this superhero classic, but this movie classic! There is only one downside to this movie being so good, and that downside is that there is NO WAY "Spider-Man 3" will be any better! But we need not worry about that until 2006. In the meantime go see this movie, whether you liked the first one or not, as this is one of the best films of the year, and it may even be one of the best movies of all time!
Parents, there are a couple strong curse words, but no sexual content and the violence is very stylized. Recommended for ages 10 and up.