Directed by: SAM RAIMI
Produced by: LAURA ZISKIN and
Starring: TOBEY MAGUIRE, KIRSTEN
DUNST, ALFRED MOLINA
Released by: Columbia Pictures
Short: Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, struggles
with "the gift and the curse"
of his powers, as well as a formidable new
nemesis, amid gorgeous special effects.
Cartoon for the PG13 Audience
times have caught up with the cartoons—it’s
not necessarily all glory and fantasy anymore. Case
in point: Spider-Man 2, where the movie is slowed
down—in more ways than one—by today’s
conflicts. No, we are not talking about Iraq. Your
hero now is confronted with personal issues and mind
games that gum up his web-slinging bravado, leaving
him to choose between his supernatural path or his
human side, falling in the traps of love and peer
pressure. It’s that same peer pressure that
in the end makes him overcome his "sickness"
and gets him swinging around Gotham again, benevolently
strikes a pose
The other characters are also entangled in their own
mental webs. Certainly the flick would not be complete
without an appearance by Norman Osborn, AKA the Green
Goblin (Willem Dafoe), who in turn exercises pressure
on his son, Harry Osborn (James Franco), to kill Spider-Man.
All is well that ends well: This episode introduces
Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), a conflicted bionic man who
regains control of his mechanical arms and destroys
his own creation (a super-fusion device that promises
to generate massive amounts of clean energy for the
planet), thereby saving New York.
In the plot twist for M.J. (Kirsten Dunst), she does
not show up at her wedding and finally the two platonic
lovers open up, but Spidey’s identity is revealed
in the process. Lots of noisy action keeps you alert
in between the reflective sessions. Stay tuned for
the third installment in two more years.