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Spider-Man 2
- Toby Macguire

Overview - Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero. Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero. Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a scientist driven mad by experiments involving powerful mechanical arms. When the deranged Octavius (AKA Doc Ock) forms an alliance with the vengeful Osborn, who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father, the wall-crawling hero is in for his biggest battle yet. With SPIDER-MAN 2, Raimi retains--and improves on--all of the elements that made the first film so good, including an excellent story (crafted, in part, by acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon), tight pacing, and stunning special effects. Parker's internal conflicts are even greater than before, and Maguire adds emotional depth to every scene. Returning actors Dunst, Franco, Harris, and J.K. Simmons (once again portraying Parker's tough-talking boss, J. Jonah Jameson) are all pitch-perfect in their roles, and, as the once-noble Octavius, Molina is remarkable, relishing his villainous lines, while giving the character a surprisingly vulnerable side. Throughout the movie, Raimi expertly balances drama and humor with dynamic action sequences, making SPIDER-MAN 2 feel more like a continuation of the original tale rather than an obligatory sequel. For a Hollywood movie, that's a real feat.

Cast List

Laura Ziskin - Producer/screenwriter, MURPHY'S ROMANCE/SPIDER-MAN 3
Stan Lee - American comic book author/editor, Marvel Comics movies
Stanley Martin Lieber - American comic book author/editor, Marvel Comics movies
Tobey Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Toby Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Alvin Sargent - American screenwriter, PAPER MOON/ANYWHERE BUT HERE
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Sam Raimi - Director, EVIL DEAD
Avi Arad - Executive producer, many Marvel Comics properties
Alfred Molina - British actor SPIDER-MAN 2
James Franco - American actor, Freaks & Geeks/TRISTAN & ISOLDE
J.K. Simmons - American actor, Oz/SPIDER-MAN movie series
Jonathan Kimble Simmons - American actor, Oz/SPIDER-MAN movie series
Bill Pope - Director of photography, BOUND/THE MATRIX
Michael Chabon - Writer
Danny Elfman - Score composer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
Rosemary Harris - British actress, SPIDER-MAN (2001)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 127
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396399938
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2016

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Theatrical Release: JUNE 30, 2004

Reviews:
"[A] triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original....An entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned." - 07/09/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.59


"[With] strong characters and honest feelings....Better than its predecessor, and also superior to most other comic-book-based movies." - 06/29/2004 New York Times, p.E1


"[T]he fun here comes when Peter and the spider are at their most integrated." Sight and Sound, p.81-2


"Stuffed with great performances, eye-popping special effects...and real drama..." - 09/01/2004 Uncut, p.128


"The special effects soar even more exhilaratingly than they did in the original..." - 12/01/2004 Premiere, p.163

 
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