I went to see Spiderman 2 expecting a complete photocopy of the first one. Boy likes girl. Boy has superpowers. Boy meets super villain. Super villain steals girl. Boy saves girl. Yippee. In some ways, Spiderman 2 was an exact photocopy of the original, but it was so much more in so many ways.
The first movie was such a disappointment to me. All the happened was this, and that’s about it: Boy likes girl. Boy has superpowers. Boy meets super villain. Super villain steals girl. Boy saves girl. Yippee. There was no suspense and it was just blah. Another thing that disappointed me about the first movie was the choice of villain. I wouldn’t have dreamed of using The Green Goblin as the ultimate Spiderman villain that should have been in the first movie. I thought that the villain should have been Doctor Octopus.
Spiderman 2 was everything that Spiderman 1 should have been. It was absolutely amazing. There were times where, even though it was about one in the morning, my eyes were wide open, my jaw was hanging open, and I was breathing fast. It was incredible. There are so many movies that use special effects today that hardly any of them seem special at all. WOW.
Granted, the subplot involving Doctor Octopus is a but corny. I say subplot, because, although it’s a super hero movie and the main plot should be about good guy vs. bad guy, the movie is actually more about the romance between Peter Parker and Mary Jane and how Peter is struggling to decide between a life that he feels his duty, or a life that he truly wants. Other than the silliness of the whole good guy vs. bad guy plot, the movie was extremely good and extraordinarily well made for a super hero movie.
I couldn’t help but clap a few times when Spiderman saved people. I gasped in the suspense, I jumped in surprise. This is what movies are supposed to be. Smart, funny, beautiful, exhilarating…. this movie, even though it was just a superhero movie, was all of these. It was so amazing. I went to see it at midnight, and it was TOTALLY worth it!
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