Spider-Man 2 details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Daniel Gillies, Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Comic Book Heroes on DVD|
|Run time:||2 hours 2 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Nov 2004|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Tobey Maguire reprises his role as Spider-Man, tackling both a crisis of identity and new villain Dr Ock.
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Outstanding superhero sequelBy Philip Concannon from London , 25 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]It's not easy being a superhero. When you have to juggle your life-saving antics with holding down the day-job and trying to make the grade at school, life can be tough. It's made even harder for Peter Parker(Tobey Maguire) by the fact that his friend Harry(James Franco) wants Spider-Man dead and the love of his life Mary-Jane is about to tie the knot.
No wonder Spidey's webs aren't firing as they used to, and Peter soon thinks it's time to call it a day. He dumps his suit claiming 'I am Spider-Man, no more', and starts to get on with the rest of his life. Unfortunately there's a new villain on the scene in the shape of Dr Octopus(Alfred Molina).
Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' was a fine stab at the comic-book genre, and admirably attempted to focus as much on the characters and relationships as the explosions, but never really took off. It suffered from a weak villain and action sequences that weren't really worth the wait.
No such worries this time around, Raimi's sequel is a magnificent achievement. The effects are as spectacular and slick as you'd expect, but Raimi never loses sight of the fact that the heart and soul of the film lies with the rich characterisation. Tobey Maguire gives a wonderful performance as Parker, and an extended sequence after he gives up his superhero role is beautifully judged.
There's also a worthy adversary this time around thanks to Molina's Dr Octopus. A dazzling mix of innovative effects and great acting, he manages to convince as an essentially decent man driven mad by science. The battles between the two characters are gripping, and a sequence set on a speeding train is a breathtaking show-stopper.
'Spider-Man 2' is a glorious reminder that the terms 'summer entertainment' and 'quality' are not mutually exclusive. It so eclipses the rest of the brain-dead, cynical rubbish passed off as blockbuster entertainment, that it seems almost indecent to mention them in the same breath.
Is this a great 'summer film'? No. It's a great film, simple as that.
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spiderman 2By cossybaby (5 reviews) from Southampton , 05 Oct 2009i think this one is as good as the first which for most films is rare !!! spiderman catches the attention of all ages as we all watched it when we were younger and the kids these days love it to ! so it was a good film to sit with the family and watch
Very good for a number 2By a customer from London , 22 Sep 2009I usually do not like number 2 movies, but I was nicely surprised with Spider-Man 2. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone that liked Spider-Man.
Sort of on par with the first but for different reasonsBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 04 Sep 2009Second Spidey film, man builds extra arms, get out of control, becomes evil, Spiderman loses his powers & his girl, can he get them back?
Bigger in everyway than the very entertaining first & maybe a bit too much CGI rather than story. However, still a very good watch. Tobey Maguire is perfect in the role as is the very under-rated J.K Simmons (I love him in Juno).
Sort of on par with the first but for different reasons.
spiderman 2By a customer from Droitwich , 29 Jul 2009It wasnt as great as i had expected & v slow to get going. Plot was a little weak. Not a film worth going out to buy.
A sequel with legsBy RJNeb2 (1013 reviews) from London , 17 Jul 2009Now that the back story is out of the way, it's full on into the story, and (surprisingly) some further character development for Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man in this hugely enjoyable sequel. More conflicted and faced with an even more formidable villain in the shape of Doc Ock, there are thrills and spills galore, emblazoned with the boldest energy, with only the overly-familiar plot and some ropey CGI to let things down a little.
Looks absolutely spanking in Blu-ray too.