SpiderGuy 2

Right. So I saw Spiderman 2 on Wednesday night. You know, I didn’t like the first one, so I wasn’t expecting to like the second one either. And, I’m sure to no-one’s surprise, the movie lived up to my expectations. (No, I didn’t much care for it.) The pacing was much poorer than in the first Spiderman movie. There was about an hour of the film where there wasn’t much happening besides Peter Parker being all angsty. There were no less than four points in the movie where they revisited the Uncle Ben guilt-trip, and each time wound up with somebody in tears. Now, it wasn’t all bad. One of the biggest complaints I had about the first film was the absolutely horrible animation of Spiderman when he went swinging around the city. The animation is much better this time around. That’s not to say its good, though, just better than in the first Spiderman. The lighting, however, sucked. Spidey never looked like he was being lit by the same lights as the rest of the scene. (Really, I should stop going to see CG movies, because I see all the problems.) Alfred Molina was quite good as Doctor Otto Octavius/Doc Ock – he didn’t play Ock way over the top (like Willem Dafoe did the Green Goblin), but he was largely wasted. He didn’t have anywhere near the screen time he should have, especially given that he was supposed to be the Big Bad. As with the previous Spiderman, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson was the true highlight of the movie. He so perfectly captured the JJJ from the crappy Spiderman cartoon I grew up with that I couldn’t help but laugh every time he was on camera. Sadly, none of the other performances really lit up the screen. I loved seeing Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s cameos, but, then again, I love seeing those guys on screen no matter where they show up.

Ah well, more movie karma for me.

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