Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

     
 

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Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to holdSee more details below

Overview

Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and Peter have noticed he's beginning to buckle under the strain. Parker's friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is also beginning to fray due to Peter's seeming alliance with Spider-Man, whom Harry blames for the death of his father, the nefarious Norman Osborn. As Parker weighs his responsibilities to himself and those around him against the obligations that come with his special powers, Spider-Man is faced with a new nemesis -- Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a deranged scientist whose latest project has turned him into the near-invincible cyborg Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Raimi, who helmed the first film, and much of the original cast has also reunited for this sequel, including Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Bruce Campbell.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Another of those infrequent sequels that just might be better than the original, Spider-Man 2 not only offers a surfeit of spectacular action sequences but also advances the first film's romantic subplot and continues to develop its principal characters. In Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi has a soulful young actor perfectly suited to convey the angst of the crusading superhero Spider-Man -- honor bound to serve humanity, yet deeply resentful that this responsibility exacts an onerous toll on his personal life. As the film opens, Peter Parker (Maguire) is struggling to keep up with both his college studies and his part-time job as a freelance photographer, while fighting crime as Spider-Man. His old flame, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), now a successful model and actress, still has feelings for Peter -- but he holds her at arm's length, fearful of engaging in a romance that could end tragically if his enemies learn of their relationship. And then there's his best pal, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father and has vowed revenge, not knowing that Peter is actually the web-crawler he seeks. Over-the-top villainy is supplied by Doctor Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a brilliant scientist who goes mad when mechanical tentacles become welded to his body in a laboratory accident. There's enough plot for two movies, with the doctor's depredations at times taking a backseat to the Peter/Harry/Mary Jane psychodrama. But Raimi is a proficient director, and he juggles the disparate story elements with admirable dexterity. The characters' interplay gives Spider-Man 2 a third dimension that most comic-book movies could use: It's fun to watch costumed combatants whaling the tar out of each other, but emotional underpinnings help make the physical conflicts more satisfying. As in the first film, Raimi and his special-effects team rely heavily on computer-generated imagery to give the fight scenes a larger-than-life quality. As a result, the sequel's visuals are, if anything, even more sophisticated than those of the original. Spider-Man 2, however, should never be mistaken for eye candy; it's an enormously satisfying adventure film for the kids that adults will find surprisingly affecting and enjoyable.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Sam Raimi raises the bar of excellence with Spider-Man 2, a highly evolved sequel that brims with superb comedy, heartfelt characters, and dazzling visuals that nail the wall-crawler's universe in a fully respectable and exciting way. With the luxury of having the origin story behind them, the filmmakers let loose with this one, all the while still staying true to the character-driven focus that made the first film so fresh and appealing. Tobey Maguire again holds the spotlight amazingly well, this time comically tortured by his director, who seems to finally be having fun with the franchise. Back is Raimi's energetic visual style, something that has been missing since his Darkman days and one thing that the original was sorely lacking. Of course, the hero always needs a villain, and this time it's Alfred Molina playing a Doc Oc that isn't over-the-top in the usual flamboyant way, but brimming with a conflicted sense of sadness mixed with maniacal purpose. His tentacles deserve credit as well, as they add little touches of flair even when they aren't throwing Spidey through walls or bashing up city streets. Kirsten Dunst delivers another charming performance, while James Franco takes the Harry Osbourne character through the next step in his tragic arc, pointing straight toward events in the third film. The real surprise is Rosemary Harris as a truly touching Aunt May, who ends up being the emotional backbone of the story. Her speeches to Peter are devastating and resonate throughout the film as the events are played out. Again, it's this kind of attention to character that really makes the series shine. While Spider-Man 2 is a visual feast brimming with action, it never plays dumb to its characters or the audience. Raimi and company have effectively expanded on the world they created, making every scene essential to what has happened before and a building block of what's to come. Eagle-eyed fans will appreciate the nods to various other characters in the universe, the most immediate being Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors (who eventually becomes The Lizard in the comics), along with Daniel Gillies's John Jameson, whose character is a direct setup for canine villain Man-Wolf. However close to perfect the final film is, there are a few things that don't ring so true -- Harry Osbourne needs a little more sympathy instead of being angry from the get-go, while Peter's tall and skinny neighbor supplies a great laugh, but doesn't end up serving much of a purpose in the end. Still, those are nitpicks and very well might end up paying off by the time the third movie rolls around. With advanced effects, a much more satisfying Danny Elfman score, and a filmmaker at the top of his game leading the charge, Spider-Man 2 is a classic superhero movie that deserves the near-unanimous praise that it has garnered.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
UPC:
0043396170230
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:16:00
Sales rank:
24,887

Special Features

Disc One:; Audio commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent; Spidey Sense 2.1-trivia track with integrated pop-ups that take you on the set during key scenes; Disc Two:; Sneak Peek: Spider-Man 3; Inside 2.1 featurette; Multi-angle: Danny Elfman's score; With Great Effort Comes Great Recognition featurette; VFX Breakdowns - An in-depth look at the visual effects of Spider-Man 2.1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina Dr. Otto Octavius, AKA Doctor Octopus
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
Donna Murphy Rosalie Octavius
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Daniel Gillies John Jameson
Dylan Baker Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Vanessa Ferlito Louise
Aasif Mandvi Mr. Aziz
Willem Dafoe Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Cliff Robertson Ben Parker
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks Miss Brant
Bruce Campbell Snooty Usher
Brooke Adams Felicia Hardy
Joel McHale Mr. Jacks
Bonnie Somerville Actor
Jason Ortiz Henry

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Producer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Joseph M. Carraciolo Executive Producer
Michael Chabon Original Story
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
John Frazier Special Effects
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Gough Original Story
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound/Sound Designer
Anette Haellmigk Cinematographer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Anthony LaMolinara Special Effects
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Miles Millar Original Story
Bob Murawski Editor
Scott P. Murphy Art Director
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Paul N.J. Ottoson Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Greg P. Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Tom Valentine Art Director
Thomas P. Wilkins Art Director
Robert Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Laura Ziskin Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spider-Man 2.1 [Extended Cut]
1. Main Titles [3:26]
2. Pizza Man [4:45]
3. J. Jonah Jameson [1:27]
4. Dr. Connors [1:13]
5. "Surprise!" [5:15]
6. Peter and MJ in the Backyard [3:13]
7. Mr. Ditkovich [1:55]
8. Otto Octavius [3:45]
9. Wash 'N' Dry [:38]
10. The Importance of Being Earnest [1:32]
11. Car Chase [1:43]
12. The Importance of Being on Time [:17]
13. Web Failure [1:00]
14. The Elevator [1:24]
15. Peter Calls MJ [1:03]
16. Otto's Demonstration [2:33]
17. Horror Hospital [2:05]
18. Ock Awakens to the Horror [:36]
19. New Villain in Town [6:03]
20. Doc Ock's Lair [:35]
21. Bank Heist [1:27]
22. Battle Building [1:18]
23. Planetarium Party [1:30]
24. Spidey Crash Lands in Alley [2:17]
25. Ock Rebuilds [:52]
26. Diagnosis [2:11]
27. Spider-Man No More [3:20]
28. "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" [:03]
29. Peter Attends MJ's Play [4:59]
30. Jameson Gets the Suit [1:31]
31. Peter's Confession [1:49]
32. One More Little Chance [2:21]
33. Peter and the Burning Building [2:23]
34. Frustation [1:43]
35. Peter and Aunt May in the Backyard [2:49]
36. "My Back! My Back!" [1:47]
37. MJ Doubts John's the One [4:10]
38. "Do You Love Me, or Not?" [2:53]
39. Enter the Octopus [2:33]
40. He's Back [2:07]
41. Clock Tower Fight [3:52]
42. The Train [1:33]
43. A Train to Catch [1:21]
44. Grateful Train Passengers [2:28]
45. Harry Learns the Truth About Peter [2:24]
46. The Final Confrontation [1:16]
47. Peter Appeals to Otto [:49]
48. Web Love [2:48]
49. The Return of the Green Goblin [2:43]
50. Here Comes the Bride [2:41]
51. The Final Swing [2:14]
52. End Credits [3:10]

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