Movie Reviews | May 3rd, 2002

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Starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris, Cliff Robertson
Written By: David Koepp
Directed By: Sam Raimi

If you don’t know anything about Spiderman by now, than I don’t know what to say. Maybe you’re a retard? I’ve been looking forward to see this movie since I’ve heard who was in the movie and when I saw the trailers.

I was nervous though about the CGI and how the Green Goblin looked though. Those things didn’t really matter when watching the film because you get enwrapped into the story. I’ll briefly explain the story to all the degenerates who don’t know anything about Spiderman. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is a geek who lives with his Uncle Benny and Aunt May. He gets made fun of at school and picked on. He’s in love with this red headed goddess, Mary Jane, played by the grown up piece of ass Kirsten Dunst. His best friend is Harry Osbourne (James Franco), and his father is a scientist named Norman Osbourne (William Dafoe). While at a field trip to some science lab, Peter Parker gets bite by this genetically enhanced spider and wakes up the next morning all buff and has spider senses. Yadda Yadda Yadda, he’s Spiderman and fights evil. I have to say that I never read the comic books, but I collected a lot of them. I do remember the awesome cartoons with Iceman and Firestar, and the cheesy live version. Now this movie is one of the best comic book movies of all time. Though that’s not saying too much. The first Batman was good and so was X-Men. Spiderman has a great story that a lot of people could relate to. That’s why the comic books are so popular. Besides having super powers, he has real life problems as well.

Getting fired from jobs, getting picked on at school, too shy too talk to girls. So basically this is me minus the super powers. Besides the story, this movie had great action scenes as well. I also think this movie is a little darker than other comic books movies. There was a lot of scenes that I enjoyed as well. I liked when Parker discovers what he could do and adds a little bit of humor to the movie. I liked one scene that tipped it’s hat to NY, was when the Green Goblin is fighting with Spiderman on top of a bridge. All the people on the bridge start throwing shit at the Green Goblin saying “you mess with one New Yorker, you mess with all of us.” I thought that was great to hear. The fight scene with Flash Thompson was great to see and seeing “Amazing Spiderman” wrestle “Bonesaw”, played by old school wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage was fun to watch. There was a lot of cameos in the film too. Always stoned Macy Gray, Stan Lee, the legend Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, and from the Opie and Anthony show, Jim Norton: “He Stinks!”

I thought Tobey Maguire played a perfect Peter Parker. He must have done so much working out and aerobics because he was cut. He still looks like a dork though which makes him good for the role. Kirsten Dunst is moving up my list of beautiful woman in films because she was drop dead gorgeous in this. I hope she sticks with the red hair in more films. I remember when she turned to ash in Interview with a Vampire and now look at her. Yum. William Dafoe is one of two actors that looks scary as hell without any makeup. The other is Christopher Walken. I don’t think they needed to have this body suit thing to make him the Green Goblin. They should have put some green makeup on him and he’s all set. Though his acting was really good and creepy. He didn’t have to make jokes and play Prince music when riding the glider. He was a good villain, though he did sound like Nicholson’s Joker sometimes in the movie. J.K. Simmons plays J. Jonah Jameson and you might recognize him as the anal raping nazi in OZ. James Franco and others were just as good as main characters too.

I guess this is the section where I discuss the technical part of the film. The CGI Spiderman rocked. It looked 85 percent real which is good considering the other movies. I understand that they couldn’t do half the shots if they didn’t have CGI so I’ll let that go. Some of the CGI looked fake like when Peter Parker is running on top of the buildings and it’s a CGI version of Parker. Didn’t really look well but it was for a split second so it’s okay I suppose. The CGI Green Goblin still could have used some work. Though it looked better than the trailers and TV spots. CGI always looks even worse on the TV screen for some reason. Sam Raimi (Evil Dead Trilogy, Darkman) did a superb job directing and had some really creative camera shots. Danny Elfman did the score and has made yet another good theme. The theme sounds like Batman and that’s a good thing.

To wrap up this very long review, this movie will be one of the best summer movies this year and Spiderman will be considered by most people, the best comic book movie ever. Definitely go see this, RIGHT NOW!

Bottom Line:
Favorite Scenes: When Peter Parker discovers his powers, the high school fight and a lot of the other action scenes.
Running Time: 0 minutes
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