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Spider-Man 2

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Sam Raimi
  • 122 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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, the feature's still one of the most solid of the Spidey movies with the wit, charm and imagination to satisfy the fussiest of fans.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter Parker / Spider-ManTobey Maguire
Mary Jane WatsonKirsten Dunst
Doc Ock / Dr Otto OctaviusAlfred Molina
Harry OsbornJames Franco
May ParkerRosemary Harris
Rosalie OctaviusDonna Murphy
J Jonah JamesonJ K Simmons
Betty BrantElizabeth Banks (2)
Snooty usherBruce Campbell
John JamesonDaniel Gillies
Dr Curt ConnorsDylan Baker
Joseph "Robbie" RobertsonBill Nunn
HoffmanTed Raimi
Ben ParkerCliff Robertson
Norman OsbornWillem Dafoe
Mr DitkovichElya Baskin
RaymondDaniel Dae Kim
Man dodging debrisStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorSam Raimi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2004-07-16
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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