in about 100 words or less
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).