Spider-Man 2

Dan Goldwasser Movie Reviews

It’s not often that I don’t get to see a movie before it’s released. It’s even rarer that I completely miss the press screening for one of the biggest movies of the year. In this case, I was at the airport last week on my way to Boston when the press screening for Spider-Man 2 was happening, so I was just out of luck with that.

We got a half-day at work today, and a bunch of us went out to lunch, and then caught the 4pm show at the Mann Village theater. I paid $10.50 for a ticket. Plus $1 since I bought it online with my credit card earlier. In a nutshell, this is a movie I don’t mind paying that kinda money for. In fact, if I see it again (and I just might!) I’ll be happy to pay $10.50 again for it. But that’s it. No more (since the DVD will prolly only cost $20)!

Where to start? Umm… the story is great. Solid and engaging, it keeps you interested the entire time. It’s not an action-heavy film; it’s more about the characters. Definitely a plus! But when there is action, it’s cranked up to the max. This has some great sequences in it! By far, my favorite sequence was the Hospital escape, which was so Evil Dead that I can’t begin to express my glee. It was easily pushing an R-rating here. I loved the chainsaw bit, too.

In the first film, Peter is going through “changes” – certainly a metaphor of some type, if you know what I mean. In this one, he starts losing his powers because of stress. Basically “performance anxiety”, and he can’t (ahem) shoot his web. It’s a rather obvious metaphor if you think about it… I do also love how this film tied into the first film, continuing plot points and character development. And I can’t wait for the third film, which has two potential plotlines based on the end of this film. Bill Pope’s cinematography is so much better than the flatness of the first one – here we have a NYC that is rich with colors, shadows, and depth. And he got to play with the camera moves, which is classic Raimi.

In addition to the look of the film, the visual effects have also improved. Kudos to my homies at Imageworks for a job well done! Musically, I felt this was a natural progression from the first score. Danny Elfman did a fine job, but there was nothing really new about this one – except the Doc Ock theme, which was cool – but underused in my opinion. Chris Young did a good job contributing to the very very awesome train sequence, and I hope that it’s on the soundtrack album.

So to sum up, go see this film. Right now. Stop reading. Go! GO!

Oh yeah. When leaving the theater, we saw Meathead, aka Marty DiBergi. It looked like he was buying the entire concession stand, since he was so fat. I mean, he wasn’t Michael Moore fat, but he was pretty damn big. I guess he just eats anything he sees. Too bad his movies haven’t been very good lately – he had some great classics in the 80s!