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Spider-Man 2 Review: That Movie From 2004 Really Holds Up

Well the day is finally here, the DVD I bought on eBay of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 arrived at my place last night. I’m so excited!! I’ve been waiting for this day for so long and now today, October 20th, 2023, here is Hard Drive’s much anticipated Spider-Man 2 review. The film from 19 years ago, that is! 

Great news. I really think that anyone who liked the first Spider-Man is going to simply love Spider-Man 2. There’s a refined focus on the action, and some of the bloatier elements of the original have been phased out in exchange for a pace that never lets up. I sure was skeptical, but I can tell you that Spider-Man 2 is an improvement on Spider-Man in every way. 

Just to be clear, I am talking about the Tobey Maguire movies, the ones before the MCU and all of that. Really good stuff here, folks. 

If any gamers are reading this, by the way, you simply HAVE to play the games they made based on these movies. They’re called Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. Remember Bruce Campbell, the charming character actor that pops up in some small role in all of those movies? Well he’s like a God in Michigan, where I’m from. Seriously. He may be a guy you vaguely recognize, but up here he’s a star on par with George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Shaggy 2 Dope. 

Anyway, he is the narrator of the whole Spider-Man game! You gotta check out Spider-Man, on the GameCube. It’s a really, really fun Spider-Man game. And once you get through that, which I’m sure you will, you can keep going and check out Spider-Man 2! Bruce Campbell is in that one, too. Just like the movies, that game is even better than the very solid first one. 

This isn’t from the GameCube games I’m talking about. I’m not sure what this is.

For a guy like me, that only plays stuff after it’s been out for a few decades, Spider-Man 2 may very well be the game of the year! And I’ve played a lot of great retro stuff  in 2023. Final Fantasy, Baldur’s Gate, Resident Evil. It’s truly one of the better gaming years I can remember having. 

Anyway, sorry to get sidetracked from the movie. I think Doctor Octopus is a really neat villain, and in my opinion, Willem Dafoe is an actor we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future, as he continues the engaging Norman Osborne storyline first introduced in Spider-Man One

I also just found out that there’s a Spider-Man 3, but I don’t think I’m ready to think about that for a little while still. I bet it’s pretty good though, right?