now that i've had a few hours to recover from this hangover...
i've never been a big fan of dr octopus (though he's not as lame as, say, the rhino). but he was pretty fucking badass in this movie. i wasn't really familiar with alfred molina but apparently he's done a lot of work (including several other movies i've seen).
the character work is fantastic. doc ock's arc is pretty good, and all the important character arcs from the first movie are continued here. even aunt may gets a couple powerful moments. and i was pretty satisfied with the ending, something i can't really say about the first movie.
so yeah, maybe it is better than the first one. i still need to see it again before i decide that, though.