Got to catch Spiderman 2 yesterday night with a buttload of friends, and what can I say. Spidey is the only thing coming out of Marvel Entertainment (apart from X-Men 2) that can keep me engrossed for over 2 hours. I never dreamed that Doctor Octopus could be such an interesting villain, but I suppose that’s due to the 2-D nature of comics.
My problem with the first spidey movie was that the action sequences were pretty weak compared with the scenes where the actors were just talking to each other. So much goes on in Tobey Maguire’s geek visage that it’s almost a shame whenever he puts on the mask.
In the sequel though, the action choreography was brilliantly done. The fight sequence outside the bank and on the train were just fantastic.
Unfortunately, it was the people scenes this time around that felt weaker. In one dinner party scene in particular, Peter is subjected to a series of socially-inept-geek-type mishaps, then gets in to a fight with Harry, then finds out that MJ is getting married. If that’s not scene economy, I don’t know what is. I just kinda wish it didn’t seem so … comic-book-like (and I don’t mean anything written by Alan Moore, I mean something written by Stan Lee).
I do understand where the filmmakers are coming from though. They need to subject the hero to a whole crapload of trials and hardships, before his character can grow. This is where the overall movie is strongest; you develop an emotional attachment with Peter Parker because you feel so sorry for him. And when he finally gets to kick some ass, you can’t help but start cheering. This is what made the Spiderman comics so popular, and I’m glad that Sam Raimi’s movie captured it all so well.