Spider-Man 2
Sam Raimi is a genius, plain and simple.  His adaptation of Spider-Man shattered box office records, and in this film he has accomplished the rare distinction of crafting a sequel as good as, if not better than, the film it follows.  After a whirlwind of Alex Ross stills that recap the last movie, this one finds college student Peter Parker trying to hold down a job, keep up his grades, and get his shit together in time to win Mary Jane Watson’s heart.  Oh, plus he has to save New York from supervillains.  And protect his secret superhero identity from the vengeful son of his old nemesis.  He becomes increasingly resentful towards the burdens of being Spidey and decides to quit, just as mad scientist Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) starts hunting him in an evil octopus suit.  Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man radiates loneliness, human frailty, and frustration.  Just go watch this movie; I don’t know why we’re even talking about it..  Reviewed  15 December 2004