FILM REVIEW: Works well enough |

FILM REVIEW: Works well enough

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Richard Chittick

Though Kimberly grotesquely overanalyzes “Spider-Man 2,” she’s right in that it’s a decent flick. The first quarter is brutally slow as Peter Parker struggles with every single facet of his life, from work to school to girls to his superpowers. All this character development that Kimberly so adores just got tiresome after awhile. But eventually, Otto Octavius has his brain taken over by the menacing motives of four artificially intelligent robotic arms he attaches to himself as part of a failed nuclear scientific experiment.

And thus the action ensues. Without a doubt, the hospital scene where the new and improved Octavius comes to life seemed rather violent for the number of pre-teens who were in the theater with me when I saw the movie on Wednesday’s opening night. There’s no blood a la “Kill Bill, Volume One,” but there are definitely a handful of people who become the figurative upside-down goldfish floating in the water. But once the action gets going, it keeps moving rather nicely, as Octavius, aka Dr. Octopus, decides to recreate nuclear experiments while at the same time capturing Spider-Man.

Occasionally, the falls and tumbles that Peter Parker takes seem outlandish, especially when he suffers a psychological breakdown that somehow completely strips him of his superpowers. But these are no more unbelievable than the basic underlying story of both Spider-Man movies: teenage boy turns into supernatural superhero because he is bitten by a radioactive spider. I’m not completely against acknowledging the emotional content of this movie. The children’s reaction to Spider-Man saving them from certain death when an elevated train is sent screaming toward a dead end spur is touching. So is the moment when Spidey saves his Aunt May in a way similar to the moment when he rescued M.J. from the collapsing terrace in “Spider-Man.”

A nice touch to the sequel is the way the entire first movie is recapped in the opening credits via animated stills. While these images won’t suffice for not having seen the first, they do help jog the memory when key moments of the sequel rely on a knowledge of what happened last time. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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