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July 11, 2004
-- Review --
Spiderman 2 will wrap you in its web
By Teague Neal
would rather hear about Jennifer Lopez’s latest date or Britney’s latest
annulment than see this continuation crap, you say?
hear ya, but just hold that thought for a couple minutes. That’s all I ask.
an age when all the studios bring out sequel after sequel, people are beginning
to question why these imitations are lighting up our movie screens.
they’re not always flops.
for example, the box office blowouts Star Wars -- with five movies so far and
number 6 coming out next spring -- and the three first-class Lord of the Rings
like the much-beloved Lord of the Rings series – which offered one explosive
film after another for three years – inspired us, made us cry and made us
laugh as all our friends tried to imitate Gollum.
2 is proving another worthy sequel.
refresh your brain, which is no doubt stressed with a seemingly fruitless
journey for the rare, incredible movies, the original Spiderman started off with
the fabled story of high school student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) on
a field trip to a museum, where he’s bitten by a genetically modified spider
that managed to get loose from the lab.
signs up for a televised wrestling match, using his new spidery senses to win
the fight with intense speed.
the judges won’t give Parker his money and when a robber takes it all from the
promoter, Parker lets him run off.
thief races out and kills Parker’s beloved uncle.
then begins his second life shooting his webs amongst
also decides to make some extra cash by snapping photos of himself for the Daily
Bugle, a downtown newspaper.
winds up in a showdown with the Green Goblin, a man-turned-monster who becomes
his arch rival while reeking havoc all over the city – until Spiderman kills
2 begins with a very downtrodden Parker.
life is falling apart. Spiderman has taken over his life, leaving hardly any
time for those he holds dearest to him, including his Aunt May
(Rosemary Harris), his only surviving direct family.
also has no time for his best friend or the woman he loves, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten
pal Harry Osborne’s (James
kick off of the movie: “Where you been, pal. You haven’t been returning my
calls. ... Been busy taking pictures of your friend.”
entire exceptional film is based on this comment, as well as Parker’s
realization that “No matter how hard I try or what I do it will always be the
ones I love the most who will have to pay.”
2 is a much more human based movie and you see the three people Parker holds the
closest to him deteriorating.
Jane is dating another man while Harry is still suffering greatly about the
recent death of his father, a lab owner who turned into the Green Goblin.
constantly asks Parker, who takes pictures of Spiderman, why he won’t tell him
who Spiderman is.
gets fired from his job and his marks in university get lower and lower.
new arch enemy looms within the film.
assure you by the time the credits roll you will see layers and layers of issues
unfold with Parker’s former trusting trio.
seem him regaining their trust, showcasing the actor’s skill in several
Now go to the theater and you’ll find Spiderman 2 is a sequel that’s much better than the original.
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