Quick-Thoughts: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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This movie is almost more Evil Dead-ish than Army of Darkness

Spider-Man 2 is definitely, at least, “top twenty comic-book movies” material. Doubling on your signature directing style and halving on the superhero cheese while elevating on a couple emotional beats left quite dry in its predecessor was a smart way to go about with this sequel. The best part is, it still maintains that fast-paced stamina from its original despite its over two-hour runtime. Sure, the follow-up suffers from the same writing dilemmas as the first one — standing the test of time is a bitch, huh? — that pushed back it’s score by a punishable leap, yet Sam Raimi’s iconic visual presentation here surpasses a titanic majority of its genre in creativity and added textures for this to be considered anything less than groovy.

Verdict: B

“Spider-Man 2” is now available to stream on Starz.

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