Spider-man 2: First Impression

Has there ever been a sequel so substantially superior to its predecessor than Spider-man 2 is superior to the first film?

I gave the original Spider-man a B-. Spider-man 2 is grade-A summer action, and one of the most spectacular big screen adventure films ever made.

It gives Alfred Molina the role that will finally win him the attention and legendary status he deserves.

And Tobey Maguire invests his emotions in the character as if he’s going for an Oscar.

It’s an out-of-the-park home run. I haven’t had so much fun at a summer movie since… wow, I can’t remember when.

Here’s my early-draft review, which I’ll be revising a bit tonight when I get back to my desk at home.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Hmmm. I knew if I included that statement, I’d be challenged by somebody somewhere. And I admit, I had forgotten about Star Trek 2. That may drive me to revise the review… to say “it rivals “Star Trek 2″ as the sequel most superior to its predecessor….” Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    “There has never been a sequel so substantially superior to its predecessor than Spider-man 2 is superior to the first film. “

    Ummm… Star Trek 2?