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Spider-Man (2002)

US 121m, Colour
Director: Sam Raimi; Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons

Spiderman is the first in a series of entertaining movies based on the Marvel Comics’ character of the same name. This first film begins with Peter Parker’s pre-Spider-Man senior high-school days and the genesis of his super powers after being bitten by a genetically altered spider whilst on a school outing. Despite his preposterous origin, Spider-Man is the best of the series to-date, particularly with regard to Peter’s process of self-discovery and his efforts to master his new-found powers. Likewise, Maguire has excellent on-screen chemistry with Dunst who plays Jane – the girl next-door and love interest. Great special effects, a faithful adaptation to the original comic, and a good balance between action and comedy lay the foundation for one of the finest comic book adventures brought to the big screen (Klaus Ming April 2011).

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7 comments on “Spider-Man (2002)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    04/30/2011

    I’m out of step with this one. I should like it. I’ve been a Tobey Maguire fan since The Ice Storm and a Kirsten Dunst fan since Interview with a Vampire and Mother Night. I’ve read comic books since they cost twelve cents. But this one left me cold. I loved the guy who played J. Jonah Jameson, but that was about it. I feel the same way about the Christopher Nolan Batman movies. I’d take either of the Bryan Singer X-Men movies in a heartbeat (flawed as they were). Maybe it was because the ground was too familiar from the comics. Maybe it was that Maguire didn’t show me anything I didn’t already know about Spidey. Maybe too much angst-ing and not enough super-ing.

  2. Klaus
    05/02/2011

    I recall liking this movie a lot in theaters, and still quite enjoyed my re-watch this past week – despite the fact that i’ve never been a big comic fan. J. K. Simmons was pretty funny as Jameson and was equally entertaining in the sequels.

  3. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/02/2011

    Maybe it’s the superhero movie for people who aren’t comic book geeks. That would explain why Roger Ebert liked it so much. 🙂

  4. Klaus
    05/02/2011

    I think you’re on to something there! 🙂

    • Anthony Lee Collins
      05/03/2011

      This is why I hold out hope that the upcoming Burton/Depp Dark Shadows movie might be good. Depp is apparently a major DS geek, grew up watching the show (as I did), so maybe they’ll do it right.

      It doesn’t always help. The guy who made the Daredevil movie was a DD fanatic, but the movie still sucked.

      • Klaus
        05/03/2011

        Daredevil was indeed awful. I’s not even heard of the comic and still disliked the movie.

  5. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/03/2011

    The coffee shop scene where he picks her up (exploiting his blindness) and the playground fight after that are okay. And of course I liked Kevin Smith’s cameo. But it would have been a far better movie if Smith had written it, too.

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