In anticipation for my trip to New York City I will be counting down with some of my NYC movies (and even some that I don't like just for a change of pace). Hope you all enjoy.
I feel a bit sorry for Spider-Man 2 these days. I feel quite alone in my belief that Sam Raimi's film was and STILL IS the best superhero movie ever made. Hell, I don't even think The Dark Knight is the best "Batman" film, let alone the best superhero movie, but such it is that The Dark Knight is now the title-holder of such a claim to most people. Such is life.
I, however, will continue to burn the flame for Spider-Man 2 - the only film in the trilogy that I think is any better than "good" (that'd be the original). And it is so far and beyond better than the third installment that it hurts. Man, how bad was Spider-Man 3? Answer: Very. I watched this film three times in one day, actually. True. I bought it on DVD and watched it when I got home. Then I watched it that evening when a friend came over and I watch it again when said friend had gone home. I was a little obsessed.
Everything this movie has to offer is the height of its genre. Granted, it would be nice to see a director take on one of these superhero movies that actually knows how to choreograph an action set piece with the clarity and, well, the awesomeness of James Cameron (a major reason why I'm anticipating Avatar), but it's still a hoot to watch. One of the film's most surprising aspects is actually it's cinematography. From the sunny New York City represented to the blissful odes to comic book paneling (that Doc Ock hospital sequence!)
The others can have The Dark Knight and I'll keep Spider-Man 2.