While I’m not a huge fan of Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy on its own, there’s no denying that Spider-Man 2 is the best Spider-Man film made up-to-now and one of the best super hero films period.
How Molina managed to make Spider-Man’s hammiest villain a sympathetic , three-dimensional, cool threat is a feat I’m still trying to puzzle out. The entire sequence from the bank robbery to the extraordianily touching scene with the people on the train is my favorite bit. It showcases Spidey’s and Ock’s powers in a dynamic setting and gives Peter his best hero moment to-date. It also makes clear the unique relationship Spider-Man has with New Yorkers, who may love or hate him from afar (depending on what JJJ is printing) but almost uniformly love him as one of their own when in personal contact with him.
I’ve had to break it up to get as much of what I wanted as I could, but enjoy the three-parter and we’ll continue our Spider-discussions next week with Spider-Man 3. No! Wait! Come back!