Spider-Man 1 -- Movie Review #JPMN





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Published on Apr 28, 2012

• Spider-Man (2002) -- Relatable, emotional, and amazingly fun, 9/10.

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Directed by Sam Raimi and released in May of 2002, this friendly superhero adventure film quickly set the record for largest opening weekend gross of all-time, eventually earning over 820-million dollars, and launching a wildly successful trilogy of movies starring Tobey Maquire as the titular, spider-bitten hero. As with most initial installments, the first act of this picture deals exclusively with the origin story of Spider-man, and the first of his many villains, the Green Goblin - played with a deranged duality by seasoned actor William Dafoe. The early montages that share hapless teen Maquire discovering his new powers, and how best to design a crime-fighting persona around them are relatable, funny, and immensely enjoyable to watch unfold. Despite being unquestionably talented, the beautiful Kirsten Dunst plays the dough-eyed love-interest with an unfortunate amount of confusion and corniness... rather than a suitable equal to Maquire's much more expansive, yet nuanced performance. Luckily, the at-the-time new-comer James Franco picks up the slack in the supporting cast department with a wonderfully conflicted performance that kick-started this Oscar-nominated actor's very successful career. Cliff Roberston and J.K. Simmons contribute limited, but astonishingly memorable performances as Uncle Ben, and the Daily Buggle's chief editor, respectively. Assisted by tremendous special-effects, and a wonderful score by Danny Elfman, the nail-biting action sequences here are incredibly well-done, exciting to watch, and easy to follow. They expertly transform this playful teen-romance drama into a big-budget popcorn film, while still maintaining it's heart and purpose. Dunst's upside-down kiss with her web-crawling hero remains one of the lasting images of early 21st-century cinema. The dialogue is overly hokey and expositional most of the time, but the story itself is an iconic one, cleverly adapted for modern fans of the decades-old comic. Despite it's missteps, this is a playful, and light-hearted adventure that deserves to be applauded for it's skillful adaptation, and entertaining execution -- ending with a powerful final scene that skillfully sets up the equally impressive sequel. Definitely worth-watching more than once, "Spider-Man", is "Relatable, emotional, and amazingly fun". 


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