Rewatched Spider-Man 2

Watched Spider-Man 2 from

Spider-Man 2 is a movie starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Alfred Molina. Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

The character development was integral to the story, even if it didn’t totally make sense for Peter’s powers to be connected to his psyche. I was impressed how much this did feel like a piece of a larger story, carrying forward emotional arcs and setting up future plot. (Too bad the third movie sucked.)

This Spiderman came out when I was in college so it’s “the” Spiderman for me.

Interesting choice to have a horror director, but I feel like it paid off. He really went all out horror on one scene in the hospital, and it really worked for setting Doc Oc up as a monster. He did a good job including funny moments, like Peter in the broom closet, and playing them out fully, not cutting them short. Lots of little running gags showing how Peter just can’t catch a break in anything. I feel like he let moments play longer than films do today, giving them breathing room and more weight.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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