Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and Alvin Sargent and Stan Lee
Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) continues to thrill New Yorkers by thwarting criminals with his superhuman powers. But beneath the Spider-Man suit, nerdy Peter Parkerís personal life is in shambles: his newspaper boss (J.K. Simmons) demands more photos of the mysterious Spider-Man; the bank is about to foreclose on the house of Peterís beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris); his landlord is hounding him for past-due rent; and heís still too insecure to declare his love for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). His best friend, Harry (James Franco), introduces Peter to Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), an eccentric scientist who has invented a futuristic mechanical monster that attaches to his body. During a demonstration, a miscalculation results in the octopus-like mechanism taking control of the man, and a new villain emerges. The solid story, special effects, nonstop action, humor and heartfelt sympathy for Peterís character make "Spider-Man 2" an entertainment experience that leaves us hoping for "Spider-Man 3."
"Spider-Man 2" has been called the best super hero movie ever made. Roger Ebert said that and many film critics and reviewers, including myself, agree. This film has it all-a terrific story, stellar performances from the cast, great special effects and music and a few surprises along the way.
Tobey Maguire is fabulous as the dynamic hero Spider-Man and the nerdy geek Peter Parker. He realistically deals with many concerns and he has a lot to juggle. This includes explaining to his girlfriend Mary Jane why he is often late or absent, and why he can't make an eight o' clock curtain to see her act in a play. His spent energy in capturing criminals and preventing crime is full-time work, yet he also goes to college and is behind in his studies. When he loses his job as a pizza delivery boy, paying his rent becomes a real issue.
The film, despite being a comic book, superhero movie, manages to be dramatic. Yet there are plenty of jaw dropping scenes, including the runaway subway scene, which may just be the best superhero action sequence ever filmed. Some humor is appropriately added into the mix too. The content issues are minor, as listed below, and we heartily award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this picture. Keep looking up! Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is never far away.
Content Description: Sex: Romantic kissing. Language: A-1; PO-1; H-3; OMG-1 Violence: Comic book type fantasy violence; an innocent woman dies during an experiment but it's not graphically shown; a villain robs a bank and destroys part of the building; an elderly woman is kidnapped; some fights between Spider-man and Doc Ock; a subway accident in which no one is seriously injured; a car is thrown through a restaurant window; some people are killed in an operating room but it is not gratuitous; a drunken character punches a man twice; one character is threatened and held over a balcony. Drugs: A character gets drunk and is obnoxious. Nudity: Mild cleavage. Other: A man who saves the city from destruction drowns and his body is briefly seen floating in the water.