Spiderman 2

Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi (2004)

122min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With the reluctant hero's origins covered in the first movie, a sequel offered returning director Sam Raimi the chance to have some real fun. And that's exactly what he does, harnessing advances in technology to deliver a fantasy adventure that's slicker and more stylish than its predecessor. Two years after events in the original, Tobey Maguire's web-slinger is struggling to cope with the responsibilities his powers bring, a task complicated by the appearance of multi-tentacled villain Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). A more complex adversary than Willem Dafoe's hammy Green Goblin, Doc Ock's physical clashes with Spider-Man are the film's highlights - unfortunately, he's underused, as the action often takes second place to sentimentality. While the focus on Spidey's feelings for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) adds emotional depth, it also dilutes the adrenaline-rush excitement. Quibbles aside, however, the feature's still the most solid of the Spidey movies, with the wit, charm and imagination to satisfy the fussiest of fans.

Summary

Peter Parker continues his fight for justice, but unrequited love and personal worries take their toll and he is tempted to abandon his web-slinging alter ego. However, the arrival of deadly new bad guy Doctor Octopus plunges him into a race against time to save New York. Comic-book adventure sequel, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco and Rosemary Harris.

Cast & Crew

Peter Parker / Spider-Man Tobey Maguire
Mary Jane Watson Kirsten Dunst
Doc Ock / Dr Otto Octavius Alfred Molina
Harry Osborn James Franco
May Parker Rosemary Harris
Rosalie Octavius Donna Murphy
J Jonah Jameson J K Simmons
Betty Brant Elizabeth Banks (2)
Snooty usher Bruce Campbell
John Jameson Daniel Gillies
Dr Curt Connors Dylan Baker
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson Bill Nunn
Hoffman Ted Raimi
Ben Parker Cliff Robertson
Norman Osborn Willem Dafoe
Mr Ditkovich Elya Baskin
Raymond Daniel Dae Kim
Man dodging debris Stan Lee
Director Sam Raimi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Jul 2004
Drama