What Steven Spielberg movie? I’m all about the webs, baby. You’re either gonna see it or not so I’ll just skip the ooohs and ahhhs and cut right to the spoilers and commentary.
Oh, one thing. Step back with me to the halcyon days of 1994. Remember the guy who directed Dead Alive and Meet The Feebles, and the guy who directed the Evil Dead movies? They’re gonna be critically acclaimed directors who make billions of dollars at the box office. No, really.
Very funny old world.
Those spoilers and commentary are going to come in reverse chronological order, by the by. So if you thought you could click through and read just a little more before I ruin the ending? No. In fact, I’m going to spoil things which may happen several movies later. Just sayin’.
The last line is perfect, but not quite as perfect as the last look on MJ’s face. Yeah, she’s made her choice, but it’s going to be really hard for her to stick to it. She’s having a tough time of it mere moments after she urges Peter on.
Too much taking off of the mask. Taking it off on the train, OK, because there’s a payoff. Taking it off in the final battle, OK, because there’s a payoff… but it probably should have been one or the other. I’d have kept the train unmasking and dropped the final reveal. Octavius is brilliant, right? So let Spider-Man trade physics dialogue with him when they’re trying to figure out how to stop the fusion reaction, and Octavius says “Wait — you’re Peter Parker.” Anyhow. Taking the mask off because he’s lost his powers — just dorky and killed the impact of the train unmasking. But that’s the only complaint I have.
I enjoyed the awareness of the first movie. This is a series, not a bunch of movies about the same characters. In particular, the scene where MJ kisses John Jameson upside down and the scene where MJ and Peter talk in the backyard, again? Yeah, those were really good.
Excellent sense of whimsy. Musical montages are good. Even the goofy ones.
Oh my god, those were fight scenes. In particular, and I don’t recall the first movie doing this quite as well, you get a real sense of Spider-Man as an incredible hand to hand combatant, which of course he is. Proportional strength and reflexes of a spider, remember? He’s not all webs and quips. The sequence where he fights Doc Ock after the bank robbery was so good I wanted to take it home with me.
The first scene with Octavius and Peter Parker was my favorite scene in the movie, though. Doc Ock was much more grounded, and much richer a character than was the Green Goblin. Better written? Maybe, and maybe Alfred Molina just took the role seriously. So far, we’ve had the Green Goblin and Doc Ock, both of them men wrestling with inner (or not so inner) demons which speak to them of pride and avarice. The truth that Molina puts into Octavius’ interest in Peter makes his bout with madness work much better on screen. The malevolent living tentacles don’t hurt at all, mind you. His costume is about ten times better than anything they came up with for the Green Goblin.
Speaking of which, it looks like young Harry’s going the same way; and then there’s Curt Connor, who in comics continuity winds up as a villain struggling to maintain humanity; and of course (I admit I did not know this off the top of my head) John Jameson winds up as Man-wolf, yet another villain struggling against his villainous nature. So there’s your villain theme for the series.
In the credits, MJ is the only person who appears in photo-realistic images, as opposed to Alex Ross paintings. This is no doubt deeply significant.
The next one isn’t coming till 2007. Damn it.