June 29, 2004 – "Why is that person with the dynamite eyes and that adorable dimple climbing up that building in that stupid spider outfit?" we asked. The answer: "Because he is Spider-Man, silly. That's what he is paid to do." Actually, he is "Spider-Man 2" in the movie released nationally on Wednesday.
Oh, that's right. And we are paid to review, or at least preview, his efforts.
Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, geek, and Spider-Man, superhero, is back again, and none too soon, critics say. He has lost none of his appeal since the original Spider-Man movie a couple of years ago. In fact, he may have gained more, if that's possible.
By now, Spidey, as he is fondly called, has become the toast of New York. No small feat, but scaling buildings is a good way to get your foot in the door. Spidey is still in love with Mary Jane Watson, (Kirsten Dunst) as in the first go 'round, but he cannot declare his love, lest his enemies use the knowledge against him.
As Spidey keeps his love silent, M.J. gets engaged to an astronaut. As if that weren't enough, people at his newspaper, the Daily Bugle, think he is a "menace." Oh dear. Now, we know better, but they, alas, do not.
And then comes Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a new supervillain who is terrorizing New York City, experimenting with a "fusion" alternate energy source which has gone awry.
Spidey, however, has decided to abandon the Spider-Man role and reveal his love and his identity to M.J. Crime in the city rises 75 percent in his absence. What is the love-stricken Spidey to do? His conscience nags him. How can things get so out of hand for a simple fellow?
Market Square East is so anxious to provide the answers to these questions that it is opening the movie on Wednesday instead of waiting all the way to Thursday this week.
"Spider-Man 2" runs 2:07, is directed by Sam Raimi, who directed the first one, and is rated PG-13 for stylized action violence.
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