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Issue: Winter 2004

Spider-man 2 (2004) movie review

When A Boy Loves A Girl

Peter Parker, Spider-Man, has a crisis of purpose. He is struggling to live his life when he is constantly stopping for heroics. The love of his life moves on and he cannot hold down a job -- Spider-man must go. However Peter's hero is taken over by a an artificial intelligence of his own creation, becoming Dr Octavo, the city and its people are in grave danger. Will Peter step up? Will M.J. marry someone else?

In this flimsy story we are not deeply engaged and concerned about the characters. Rather, we watch a long-winded action-or-inaction flick while the actors walk through their roles.

Movie poster, Spider-man 2; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Spiderman 2; Festivale film review
Sacrifice Destiny Choice

Yes, there is the usual special effects, excited music and racing about, but those things support a story, they can't make it alone.

In a franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe there is a risk that skipping a film could impact on the overall arc of stories. This one can easily be skipped without any real loss.

Ultimately, SPIDER-MAN 2 is long, slow and harmless. At its end we discover the identity of the next Green Goblin. Other than that, watch it for completion sake.

No drama, no surprises.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 30 Jun 2004
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See also: Spider-man (2002); Spider-man 2 (2004); Spider-Man 3 (2007); The Amazing Spider-Man (2012); The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014); Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018); Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019); Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021); Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One (2022)

Just the facts:

Title: Spider-man 2 (2004)
Written by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Alfred Gough
Directed by: Sam Raimi

Running time: 2h 7min
Rating: M

The Players: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

Official website:
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