Every once in a while, a movie will come along that makes you smile from ear to ear. A movie that awakens a sense of childish glee and invokes a more innocent time when you were filled with awe and wonder. A movie that speaks to the 10-year old in all of us, telling us stories of good and evil; of love and sacrifice; of power and responsibility. A movie that makes almost $200 MILLION in four days…yikes. Spider-Man 2 is one of the those movies, and I couldn’t stop smiling for a whole day after leaving the theater. It’s an absolute triumph in every possible way.
It’s hard to imgaine that director Sam Raimi could craft a sequel that lives up to its near perfect predecessor, a film that shattered box-office records on its way to becoming what many critics and fans alike perceive as the best comic-book movie ever made, but he pulls off brilliantly. Spider-Man 2 perfects every single imperfection of the first film. The villain is scarier, the acting is better, the storyline is deeper and more moving, the action is faster, the special effects are more spectacular, and for some strange reason, even the theater popcorn tastes better.
An A+ effort from everyone involved, and the perfect summertime action/adventure film. Go see it, and you’ll be a bubble-gum chewing 10 year-old again. Joy!