Peter Parker can’t seem to catch any kind of break. Being Spider-Man has brought him nothing but problems as far as his personal life is concerned. Not only that, Mary Jane Watson is engaged to astronaut John Jameson, and Peter may lose her forever. Things are so bad for him that he is pushed past his breaking point, so he decides that he doesn’t want to be a super hero anymore, until a freak accident transforms Dr. Otto Octavius into Dr. Octopus, a super-villain with four metal tentacles protruding from his torso. Peter realizes that only Spider-Man can stop him but, of course, problems arise. Mary Jane gets caught in the middle, and Harry Osborn, who still blames the web-slinger for the death of his father Norman Osborn, also the Green Goblin, wants him dead. Spider-Man will have to push himself past his limits if he’s going to survive. —IMDb
Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Raimi became fascinated with making films when his father brought a movie camera home one day and he began to make Super 8 movies with childhood friend Bruce Campbell. In college, he teamed up with his brother’s roommate Robert Tapert and Campbell to shoot Within the Woods (1978), a 32-minute horror film which raised $350,000, as well as the short comedic film It’s Murder!. Through family, friends, and a network of investors Raimi was able to finance production of the highly successful horror film The Evil Dead (1981) which became a cult hit and effectively… read more
For some reason, this has lost a lot of prestige in the past few years, and I'm not sure why. I still think it is an amazingly fun movie with great direction, acting, and special effects. It captures the light, fun tone that made the comics so iconic in the first place, while also remembering to honor and respect the human core to the story. In short, it's everything that superhero movies should want to be.
I never really understood this film's revered status upon release. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire certainly have a lot of fun devising new ways for Peter Parker suffer - and I'll always love the wordless "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" sequence - but the screenplay is too much of an episodic, unstructured mess. Though I must say the Doc Ock ER scene is one of the most brilliantly executed moments of Raimi's career.
I think I know what you mean about the script being episodic. The transitions from scene to scene could definitely be better (there's actually a dissolve used at one point, lol). Unstructured, though? I don't see it. Everything that happens to Peter in this film is meant to reinforce the responsibility that he took on at the end of the first film. He made a choice to be Spider-Man, and now he has to live with that choice.
Raimi’s camera is even more playful than last, but what this really brings to the franchise is a greater human focus; or, an examination of imperfect beings taking on morally perfect guises while juggling a veil of normalcy; or, a case study on the importance of work/life balance in an intensifying labour market. Lame quips aside, the film again is quite alright as it is, although I just don’t embrace it as transcendent a work; Molina’s acting presence alone actually engages me most, through all the greater overtones.