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Spider Versus Mechanical Octopus: Spider-Man 2 Review

Colden Fell

     This is the second week of “Spider-Man” month and with good reason. With two weeks until “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theatres, I’ll continue the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” trilogy with “Spider-Man 2.” This sequel follows Peter Parker as he struggles to be the typical college student, and the wall crawling arachnid in spandex. But with him flunking out of science class, Peter has to do a research paper on his teacher’s friend, Otto Octavius.

     Otto is working on an experiment at Oscorp, now run by Harry Osborn, to create a devise to make him have the power of the sun. In order to do this, Otto has to connect four mechanical arms onto his back. This experiment backfires as the experiment goes out of control and Otto turns into the villain of the film, Dr. Octopus. It’s up to Spider-Man to stop Doc Ock from stealing from banks to rebuild his machine to do the experiment over. But this might be a problem for Spider-Man because something happens to him in the film that I won’t spoil for you.

     This film is a great sequel. It really deals with the issues one has to go through in young adult hood like trying to get good grades in college and have a decent relationship while trying to be a superhero; it can be pretty stressful at times. Tobey McGuire does a good job as Peter Parker/Spider-Man once again and he improved his performance in this film. He went from being the typical high school nerd turned superhero to the typical college nerd great superhero. Alfred Molina as Doc Ock is a step down from The Green Goblin. Doc Ock is a more interesting villain but I think Dafoe did a better job as Goblin than Molina did as Doc Ock. When Dafoe played the Goblin you could see that he was being forced into doing what he was doing and he didn’t want to be in the Goblin’s control. Alfred Molina doesn’t really give any remorse. He’s just like this mindless thing that’s doing these things so he can finish his science project. Doc Ock is more determined but doesn’t have much emotion.

     Even though the villain isn’t that strong, the action scenes are fantastic - A definite step up from the original. The effects are more realistic than the original even though the effects in the first installment where great. I love the train sequence between Spider-Man and Doc Ock. It’s so intense and very enjoyable. The climax is also very well executed with the battle on the docks.

     “Spider-Man 2” is a great sequel with fantastic action and effects. I would suggest that if you enjoyed the first film you’d like this one as well. See It.

SPIDER-MAN 2: Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence. Staring: Tobey McGuire, Alfred Molina, and James Franco. Director: Sam Raimi. Genre: Action. Year: 2004.