Martens' Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews from an avid movie-goer

Spider – Man 2 (2004) Review

Released: June 30, 2004
Running Time: 2 hours 7 minutes

I will start by saying that Spider – Man has always been my favourite comic book character since I was a child, watching the cartoons, and reading the comic books, this was a character that was just a kid, he wasn’t a grown up. I will do my best to keep my bias towards the character from disrupting my review of the movies because as everyone knows “With great power (writing movie reviews), comes great responsibility (being unbiased)”.

The second Spider – Man movie directed by Sam Raimi after doing a great job in bringing the character to the big screen. The cast included the following returning actors from the first one; Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider – Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary – Jane Watson (MJ), James Franco as Harry Osborn, J.K. Simmons as J.Jonah Jameson, Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May, and Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben. The movie brought in several new characters to the screen, which included the following actors; Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius, Daniel Gillies as John Jameson, Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors, Christine Estabrook as Mrs. Jameson, and Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius / Doc Ock.

The score was once again made by Danny Elfman, and it built on the strengths of the first score, and improved upon it. The screen story was co – written by a group of people which included Alfred GoughMiles MillarMichael Chabon, with the final screenplay being adapted by Alvin Sargent.

This is my favourite Spider – Man movie out of the 5 released from 2002 – 2014. I love that nothing was going right for Peter Parker as a character throughout the first half of the movie. Spider – Man was going strong, but the man behind the mask’s life was slowly falling apart. We see Peter struggle with wanting a normal life, and not knowing how to balance being a superhero and a working student trying to get the girl.

The action sequences are more fluid, and exciting. The movie managed to do what few sequels are capable of doing, and that is building on what was explored in the first movie, and making it better. The movie’s villain was a more sympathetic villain, who is struggling with what he is doing. The movie is both somehow darker and funnier than the previous movie. Tobey Maguire shows that he truly was Peter Parker (in my opinion Garfield was a better Spider – Man).

Spoilers Ahead!!



The following are a list of bad things that happens to Peter Parker throughout the first half of this movie

  • Peter loses his job as a pizza delivery boy
  • Almost lost his job at the Bugle, because he wants to take pictures of things other than Spider – Man
  • His grades at college are slipping, especially in Dr. Connors’  class
  • Aunt May’s house is getting foreclosed
  • He’s behind on rent
  • Mary Jane is seeing someone now
  • Harry Osborn hates Spider – Man because he blames him for the death of his father
  • Harry grows increasingly more upset at Peter for not telling him how to find Spider – Man
  • Aunt May walks away from Peter when he explains to her why he is responsible for the death of Uncle Ben
  • He stains all his clothes red and blue after putting his suit in the wash with them
  • On his way to MJ’s show, his scooter gets ruined, and he arrives late to the show, not being able to see it, leading to MJ growing more disappointed with him
  • Peter sees MJ make out with her boyfriend John Jameson
  • Because of all the stress from the list of bad things happening to him above, his web shooting ability is malfunctioning at random times
  • Peter has to go to a high society event in which John Jameson is the headliner, who also ends up engaged with Mary Jane by the end of the night


While JJ is trying to think of names for Otto, he goes through a number of names, one of them being Dr. Strange. He says he likes it, but that it’s taken. Which I found was cool that they included little snippets of easter eggs.

In the extended edition there are a lot of fun scenes, one of them being very hilarious, which shows J.Jonah Jameson in the Spider – Man’s suit making the web noise, crawling and jumping all over his office. (you can see the scene linked here)





Spoilers Are Done!!

Overall, I loved this movie, and has been the benchmark for other Spider – Man movies ever since. It balanced the darkness of the villains, the lightheartedness of a comic book movie, built upon the first one, and set up the next one beautifully. This movie while it did have its share of flaws, there was not many that I could see in my opinion. I would give this movie 8.5/10.

What did you think of my score? Which Spider – Man movie did you enjoy the most out of the 5 that has been released thus far? Are you excited for the release of Spider – Man: Homecoming? What are your thoughts on the future of Spider – Man?

Thanks for taking the time to read this review, and I hope you enjoyed it!

I will be reviewing all of the solo Spider – Man movies that have been released since 2002, one day at a time leading up to the release of the new movie Spider Man: Homecoming. The reviews will be posted below when they are uploaded.

On Sunday, I posted the Spider – Man review, which is linked here.

On Tuesday, I posted the Spider – Man 3 review, which is linked here.

On Wednesday, I posted The Amazing Spider – Man review, which is linked here.

On Wednesday, I posted The Amazing Spider – Man 2 review, which is linked here.

On Friday July 7, I posted the Spider – Man: Homecoming review, which is linked here.

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