that of Sam Raimi Spider Man The trilogy had a great influence on its genre and on blockbuster cinema as a whole. All these years later, in the age of cinematic universes, Spider-man 2 remains one of the greatest comic book movies ever made, if not the best. Tobey Maguire brought new dimensions to his definitive interpretation of Peter Parker; Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock strikes the perfect balance between twirling wickedness and true pathos; the set pieces like the train fight are always a sight to see; and Spidey losing his powers creates an interesting conflict that makes him wonder if he’s emotionally equipped to take on his “great responsibility.”
Despite the critics praising Spider-man 2 as arguably the greatest superhero movie ever made and one of the most satisfying sequels of all time, Raimi still felt the need to return to the editing room and re-edit it for a DVD release in 2007 . Lined Spider-Man 2.1, the extended cut of Spider-man 2 makes a bunch of unnecessary edits to an already perfect movie.
The elongated cut of Spider-man 2 adds eight minutes to the runtime, consisting of both deleted scenes removed from the editing room floor and extended versions of existing scenes. But the editing choices in this new release are really weird, and they all hurt the tonal balance of the movie. The new scenes are all superfluous and unnecessary, and slow down the flow of the story, like Mary Jane shopping with her friends and J. Jonah Jameson dressing up as Spider-Man.
Spider-Man 2.1 spoils two of the funniest moments in the movie. The key to comedy is timing, and timing works very well in the original cut of Bruce Campbell’s cameo appearance in Spider-man 2. He plays a theater usher who gives Peter a series of little tips to improve his appearance, such as tying his shoe and adjusting his tie, before ultimately denying him entry into the theater. Spider-Man 2.1 extends this sequence and takes too long for the drill to land as effectively.
The scene in the elevator is one of Spider-man 2the most hilarious moments. Spidey finds himself unable to pull webs, so his only way to descend to the ground is to enter an office building and take the elevator. A man gets in the elevator and says, “Spidey’s cool outfit”, mistaking him for a cosplayer. What makes this scene work so well is the understated awkwardness. In Spider-Man 2.1, there is a completely different version of this scene. The guy in the elevator instead recognizes him as the real Spidey, introduces himself as a PR agent, and randomly starts snapping his fingers and coming up with weird ways to spice up Spidey’s public image – it’s like watching Michael Scott improvising. This version of the scene is so wacky and over the top that it plays out like a comedic moment from a Michael Bay movie.
When Peter visits the doctor’s office and dreams of being Spider-Man so he can talk about his insecurities without revealing his secret identity, the doctor tells him that he has a choice not to be Spider-Man. This scene is a major emotional catalyst for Peter, but the poignant point of the scene is lost in the extended cut as the doctor wanders around with a scoreless story before finally getting to the “you have a choice” part.
Spider-Man 2.1 is not the only alternative version of Raimi Spider Man films available in the home media market. The “editor’s cut” of Spider-Man 3 can be found in some Blu-ray boxes. This reissue seemed a bit more necessary than Spider-man 2‘s, because unlike Spider-man 2, Spider-Man 3 has been panned by critics as a deeply flawed film. Bob Murawski’s “Editor’s Cup” Spider-Man 3 doesn’t change as much as fans might hope – it still has that infamous ‘Dig on this’ scene in the jazz club – but it downplays Venom’s controversial role and includes a few new scenes to deepen the arcs of Peter and the Sandman. It made much more sense to modify Spider-Man 3 than Spider-man 2, because there was room for improvement in Spider-Man 3.
The lesson here is pretty obvious: Re-releases should be reserved for movies that weren’t edited properly the first time around. Justice League needed a version that adheres to Zack Snyder’s vision as opposed to the watered-down studio version that hit theaters. Spider-Man 3 needed tidying up with a few more modifications, but its predecessor didn’t. The “special editions” of the original Star wars The trilogy has made it clear that dabbling in the classics is a bad idea. Spider-man 2 did not need an alternative cut more than The black Knight needs one. If a movie touches audiences and has a profound effect that makes them want to see it again and again, leave it alone.
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