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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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • 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?


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