by Chris “Excelsior” Mason
I tried my best to not include spoilers, but I failed. Read on at your own risk.
I looked up WOW in the dictionary and there was an ad for Spider-Man 2! Wow is the best word I can use to describe Spidey 2â€¦ In 2002 after almost two years of ‘hype’ and rumors here at SHH!, organic/mechanical web-shooters, power ranger goblin, all of itâ€¦ I was still blown away by the first film – it was everything we expected. Now here we are again two years later and a whole bunch of rumors nearly behind us. Spider-Man 2 is set to open and will no doubt set all new box office records. Now, not every blockbuster film can have its sequel out-shine its predecessor! Spider-Man 2 does just that! I saw the film with a packed house in Westwoodâ€¦ there was a definite buzz in the air, as I overheard stories of what people’s expectations were for this one and how much they loved the first film.
Working on SHH!, I’ve heard all the rumors, and I’ve tried to stay away from what I knowâ€¦ in some cases trying to forget what I knowâ€¦ once the lights went down and the curtains opened my mind was a blank slate. The now familiar Danny Elfman opening credit cues start up, the Marvel logo flips on screen as we go into a series of Alex Ross painted pieces that retell the story of the first film in a stylized comic form. I got little goose bumps; I was back in that theater two years ago about to see a Spider-Man movieâ€¦
Enter DOC OCK.
The balance of the characters and the requirements of a film of this nature (fast-paced-action-packed-summer-blockbuster), are near perfect, just the right blend. This wouldn’t be a Sam Raimi film without humor. One particular scene involving Spidey in an elevator is a stand outâ€¦ and brings out the geek in all of us who have ever walked around uncomfortably in a costume in front of normal folks. Raimi is one of those directors that has a certain “style” – mention Sam Raimi and more often than not you hear EVIL DEAD. Spider-Man 2 (as well as the first film) are no doubt Raimi films, but the director has put his style in the backseat for this franchise, instead focusing on letting the stories of our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man take front stage. Not every director is confident enough o do that. Which in my book makes a SAM RAIMI film a must see.
The special effects this time around are amazing. The seamless interaction between live action actors & CGI stunt-doubles is nearly flawless. The clock tower & train fights are some of the best superhero fight sequences ever put on film. Both actors and stunt men poured all into this film and it shows and they should be commended. To quote Ray Lykins: (Alfred Molina’s OCK stunt double) “For seven weeks we rehearsed the train fight, every move, every step, to the point of where I couldn’t lift my arms anymore”. The fights between Ock & Spidey make the battle between Spidey & Green Goblin seem like a warm up round. They are truly a ballet of fists, claws and websâ€¦ Not to mention the sound of Ock approaching, it’s enough to give you the heebie-jeebies!
Mary Jane is as beautiful as ever, and we never tire of seeing her in some sort of peril – or wet! Harry on the other hand, as much as he wants to be nothing like his father Norman, he has become his father, picking up the reins of OSCORP. The film ends with as many answered questions as unanswered ones. Is Doc Ock dead? What does Harry find behind that hidden mirror? Does MJ get married? Does Peter save Aunt May’s house? And was that Stan Lee again saving another kid from fall debris? The film certainly leaves many things open for Spider-Man 3.
I for one will be seeing this film again and again. And rest assured The Hype! will be there every step of the way as the seeds of Spidey 3 begin to take root!
Source: Superhero Hype!