Spider-Man 2: Melissa Moseley
EW Staff
February 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spider-Man 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
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PG-13
Wide Release Date
06/30/04
performer
Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Daniel Gillies, Rosemary Harris, Alfred Molina, Ted Raimi, J.K. Simmons
director
Sam Raimi
Producer
Avi Arad
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Michael Chabon, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A

Once you’ve won the battle against an evildoer and kissed the babe — upside down, no less — what’s a superhero to do for an encore? In the case of ”Spider-Man 2,” director Sam Raimi’s not messing with a winning formula (the original grossed more than $400 million). The sequel, which reunites Raimi with costars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco, begins two years after the original left off, but stays centered on Spidey’s battles to snare the girl and slay the bad guy. ”It’s really a story of one boy turning into a man, trying to understand what it is to be a responsible human being,” says Raimi.

Maybe, but it’s not all life lessons, thanks to the introduction of reviled comic-book character Dr. Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus, a multi-tentacled megalomaniac played by Alfred Molina. With steel-like appendages to supplement his limbs, ”Alfred would have me in stitches with his eight arms and legs, doing his Tevye from ‘Fiddler on the Roof,”’ says Raimi. ”He sings ‘If I Were a Rich Man.”’ Since Molina’s now part of the Spidey franchise, we’re guessing that’s one tune he won’t have to sing much longer.

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