Friday, June 29, 2012

Spider-Man (2002) Review.

Thoughts: Since the new Amazing Spider-Man is coming theaters soon, I thought it would be a good time to review the classic Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. Although the 2000 X-Men movie started the new wave of comic book movies, this movie perfected it. His tragic origin and relatable character qualities made Spider-Man one of the greatest heroes not just in comic books but in any media. It manages to balance fun action with character development very well. The cast in the movie is great. Tobey Maguire is great as Peter Parker and plays him excellently. Also Willem Dafoe plays the duel personality of the insane Norman Osborn perfectly, which Heath Ledger later reflected in his performance as the Joker. Some complaint that Peter/Spider-Man "whines" too much but I really do not see that in the movies. The reason he is such a relatable hero is because Peter is an average nerd who gains great power and must learn responsibility. So do you think you could have done any better in his situation? Also Luke Skywalker is similar to Spider-Man in many, although naming them would spoil the plot. My only minor complaint is the changes made from the comic to the movie. Although the main origin was very similar, Spider-Man's powers are a little different in the movie. He can shoot organic web, however in the comics and upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" movie he makes his "web shooters." This is important in the comics because Parker is science genius in the comics but it really is not shown in the movie as well as it should have been in the movie.

Also you can watch the full movie below. It was posted on YouTube but it is not in high quality.

Disclaimer: This is one of my favorite movies of all-time; therefore I am a little bias.

Directed by: Sam Raimi
Genre: Action Adventure, Comic Book,
Release date: May 3, 2002 (1993-06-11)January 23, 1943 (1943-01-23) January 23, 1943 (1943-01-23) May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)
Running Time: 121mintues
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The Good: Amazing acrobatic fight scenes, The Green Goblin is a great villain that is very well developed, Excellent acting, Spectacular soundtrack that captures the feel of swinging though New York city perfectly, Perfect casting of the characters, One of the best soundtracks of all time, Has heart, Very relatable, Shocking plot twist,

The Bad:

Plot: The following plot summery is copied from
Note: I am not posting as much of the plot summery as usual since it would spoil to much of the plot.
High school senior Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) lives in Forest Hills, a quiet neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, with his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) and Aunt May (Rosemary Harris). He secretly loves Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), a warm-hearted girl next door, but he is too shy to approach her. His friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) is the son of Dr. Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), president of the Oscorp manufacturing corporation, which is working to win a contract to supply weapons to the United States Army. On a field trip to a genetics laboratory, Peter is bitten by a genetically engineered spider. He passes out in his bedroom at home, and the next day his vision is perfect, he has become more muscular with superhuman strength, his wrists emit web strings, and his reflexes are super-quick. At school, he saves Mary Jane from a split-second fall and easily defeats her bullying boyfriend in a fistfight. Realizing that the spider's bite has given him spiderlike powers, he trains himself to scale walls, jump between rooftops, and swing through the city. Watch the movie to see what happenes next.

Plot: 9.6/10- This is how tell an origin story right. The pacing is great and has plenty of time for character development. The only cliché is the "damsel in distress" cliché, although it really did not bother me.

Action: 9.5/10- The action scenes in Spider-Man are amazing. Although the effects are slightly dated, the choreography is stunning. It captures Spider-Man's acrobatic ability very well and the Green Goblin's fighting is great also.

Acting: 9.6/10- Every member of the cast were casted perfectly for their roles. There is not a single weak link in the main cast.

Special effects: 8.8/10- The effects looked spectacular for 2002 and hold up surprisingly well today.

Soundtrack: 10/10- The soundtrack is one of the best of all time and every time I hear it I feel like I am swing though the city like Spider-Man there are very few soundtracks that captures the feel of a movie like that. Listen to it below.

Comedy: 8.1/10- Spider-Man is not a comedy but the part when he first gets his powers is very humorous.

Would I Watch This Again: I have seen over 15 times and I could watch 15 more times and never get tired of it.

Overall: 9.5/10- Spider-Man is the template that

Closing comments: Spider-Man is not only one of the best comic book movies of all time it is one of the top 50 best movies of all time.

Recommended for: Anyone, Comic Book Movie fans, Action movie fans,

Watch the full movie below.

Disclaimer: This is rated PG-13.

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  1. Sounds like a good movie. :D I'd heard it was one of the best super hero movies ever. :)
    Thanks for posting the film, I'm going to watch it now :)

  2. @Shena Tokala: Glad you decided to watch it. Please tell me what you think after watching it. :)


  3. @Shena Tokala: Glad you decided to watch it. Please tell me what you think after watching it. :)


  4. I've convinced my mom that we should give the first Spider-Man and Batman movies a try; I have them both on hold at our library. We'll probably watch them after we see The Amazing Spider-Man in theaters, though.


  5. @Jamie: That's great! :D I think you will like both of the movies.



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