Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
This is, in my opinion, one of the better superhero movies ever made. Pretty much this, Iron Man 2, Superman II, and the 60’s Batman. I was going to say Batman Returns just to stay with the second in a series thing, but I gotta be honest, the Adam West Batman is just so goddamn brilliant I can’t even lie about it for the sake of everything being the same. And that’s a BIG GODDAMN DEAL for me.
Peter Parker is having Problems, of the everything kind. His whole life is being ruined because of his alternate gig of being Spider-Man, so he decides to forget his super-powered persona and focus on satisfying himself. However, when the brilliant Dr. Otto Octavius (aka Dr. Octopus) gets grafted with four evil metal arms and starts running amok, Pete remembers what his uncle told him, that with great power comes great responsibility, and takes up the mantle of the Amazing Spider-Man once again to stop him.
I’ve always said (in my other blog where I review comic books from the 60’s) that a superhero is only as good as his enemies, and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock is a huge reason why this movie is so good. He’s never really completely a bad guy, and there’s a redemptive arc for him in the film. This is completely contrary to the comics, but who cares, it works really goddamn well here. Also, Spider-Man is at his most entertaining when everything in the world is going against him, and that’s pretty much the plot of the first half of this film. The more Spidey suffers, the happier I am, and that’s why I love this movie so much. Also, Sam Raimi shows off his form in the best possible way in a couple sequences here, like when Octavius is in the operating room to get detached from his new arms, and they go all Evil Dead on everybody. I could pretty much watch that scene over and over again and die a happy, clapping manchild.