Movie review: Spider-Man 2

Thought it was great! I cannot name a better superhero movie. Only Batman comes close and I’m disqualifying that for lack of actual superpowers.
It’s not afraid to put the action on hold for a bit and have some actual storytelling and that’s good, it’s probably a big part of what made it so good. This isn’t just an action flick; Peter Parker really has his own problems and isn’t certain that he really can or even wants to play the hero. The problem with the X-Men movies has been that they just have too many people to really explore each character in depth. With 2 hours devoted to a single superhero Spider-Man can really be fleshed out.
As for the villain, Doc Ock is a much better villain than the Green Goblin was. Alfred Molina does a superb job of making Octavius a real person, and not just your standard supervillain who goes crazy and wants to kill people and smash stuff up. As with Spider-Man they really devote the proper amount of time to his development. There’s real depth to him.
Kirsten Dunst plays Mary Jane to a T and I have to say I’m happy to see how MJ plays a part in Peter doubting himself. Is he willing to give up MJ in order to be a hero? Is he willing to give up being a hero in order to be with MJ?
James Franco

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