Has there ever been a sequel so substantially superior to its predecessor than Spider-man 2 is superior to the first film?

I gave the original Spider-man a B-. Spider-man 2 is grade-A summer action, and one of the most spectacular big screen adventure films ever made.

It gives Alfred Molina the role that will finally win him the attention and legendary status he deserves.

And Tobey Maguire invests his emotions in the character as if he’s going for an Oscar.

It’s an out-of-the-park home run. I haven’t had so much fun at a summer movie since… wow, I can’t remember when.

Here’s my early-draft review, which I’ll be revising a bit tonight when I get back to my desk at home.

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