Wednesday, December 23, 2009

#411: Spiderman 2 (2004)

Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco & Alfred Molina

Spiderman returns to the big screen, swinging into combat against a machine-gone-wild, transforming inventor Dr. Otto Octavius into the evil Doc Ock. Meanwhile, Pete continues to struggle in his relationships with the lovely Mary Jane Watson, as well as continuing to conceal the fact that he had killed the father of his best friend, Harry.

Sorry it's taken me so long to write this one, but there really isn't a whole lot to say about these blockbusters. The fight sequences are great - but nowadays, most are, so that's not a whole lot to say about a film.

The acting is mediocre - Tobey isn't at his finest here, Dunst is at her average (which is equivalent to her best, from what I've seen), and Franco is fine. And I'm still surprised that Molina took this role - he seems to have been making some fine films until this one came out, and I haven't really seen him since.

But to top it all off, Spiderman is unmasked to the public in this film. Peter seems not to care whatsoever if he's found out, standing on top of buildings with his mask off, saving runaway trains with his mask off... it just doesn't fit with the story. Lame lame lame.

Eh, it's only a film to see on the big screen, nothing more.

Fun Trivia (Stolen from IMDB):
  • Tobey Maguire's participation was in doubt at one point because he was suffering severe back pains. Jake Gyllenhaal, was lined up to play Spider-Man and had already begun preparation, but Maguire decided to take part after all. However, according to the DVD commentary, the "My back!" joke after Peter falls from the roof was purely coincidental, as it was written into the script before Maguire's problem arose.
  • Danny Elfman, who did the film score (for this and several other films by Sam Raimi) had some sort of falling out with the director during the course of this film, and has been quoted saying "To see such a profound negative change in a human being was almost enough to make me feel like I didn't want to make films anymore." He has stated that they'll never work together again.
  • The phone number on Peter's helmet for Joe's Pizzeria is to a real NY Pizza place. 212-366-1182. Evidently they love the publicity.

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