|Submitted by Michaela Kihlstenius |
(Dec 02, 2005)
Other films in this genre normally concentrate on special effects, a hastily written script, and a fantastic but already famous character, which the filmmakers know is very popular to begin with. Spider-Man 2 has special effects and a famous character, but in contrast to other action films it has an outstanding script. What makes this film extraordinary is that it focuses more on the main character’s personal life rather than his life as a superhero. It is very unusual for this type of film to focus this much on the hero’s personal dilemmas, instead of his great powers.
Peter Parker is so consumed by his feeling of obligation to fight crime as Spider-Man, that he has no time for a personal life. Being a superhero takes up more time than he first thought it would. He is tired all the time, he misses out on school, and he is never on time for his two jobs. He barely sees his friends anymore, either. Everywhere and all the time, there are people in danger who need his help. But he does not find it rewarding enough to help them any longer. As he says at the end of the first film: “This is my gift, this is my curse”. Peter has had enough, and wants to quit his “job” as Spider-Man. This inside struggle that he is dealing with, and his depression that comes with the feeling of not being able to be there for everyone, is very emotional to see and take part of.
Unlike other films with a superhero in the leading role, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed quite casually. I get so frustrated and angry when I watch Batman or Superman, and they never reveal their true identity. It seems to be the worst thing that can possibly happen. And if, for some reason, anyone does find out who they are, they die or get amnesia or something similar. This is not the case with Spider-Man 2. Three times in this film, his mask is taken off in public. This causes a major effect on the people in the film who see him and on those who is watching the film. Spider-Man becomes human in this way. He becomes someone you care about, and do not have to fear.
Spider-Man 2 has everything a great film needs. It has action, impossible love, and it deals with the personal dilemmas of everyday life. Even though we are not superheroes ourselves, it is easy to relate to what Peter is going through. Spider-Man is not flawless, as superheroes in other films are made out to be.