Movie Stats & Links
||Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe,
||Okay, but not too young.
||It's good for dudes and dudettes.
||Kirsten in a wet t-shirt.
||Nothing to graphic, but there is
||Lots of it.
||Lots of them.
||Peter Parker beginning to
discover his powers, especially trying to get the webbing to
||Too many to list.
||Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin
Sure, sometimes the effects looked a little cheesy.
Sure, the Green Goblinís mask looked pretty stale. Sure, the ending
pretty much assures a future storyline. And sure, the film people took
some liberties with parts of the spider-man story. But with all of
that, "Spider-Man" is just a fun time, showing that even nerdy kids
can be super-heroes.
A Movie Review
This big-screen version of the comic book,
Spider-Man, gives us Tobey Maguire as the nerdy, picked-on teenager,
Peter Parker. Heís a brain and likes to take pictures. He is also in
love with the girl next door, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but
too shy to do anything about it. Being raised by his Aunt and Uncle,
one day on a field trip Peter gets bitten by a genetically altered
spider. Overnight Peter has become a svelte dude, muscles in tone, and
with incredible energy. Then, one by one, Peter finds that he has
weird powers and that his body has changed in more ways than just
being in shape. All of a sudden he has little barbs coming out of the
palms of his hands that allow him to climb walls. Heís super strong
and he fights the school bully and punches him down the hallway. He
has strange webbing that shoots out of his wrists. And he now has
What to do, what to do? Youíre a teenager in love with a girl who
seems to like sports cars and you donít have one. Youíve got new-found
strength and the local wrestling circuit is offering $3000 if you stay
in the ring with the mean-olí wrestler. Maybe using your new powers
for material gain is the way to go. So thatís what Peter does, but
when he gets stiffed from the money he is owed by the shyster
wrestling promoter, and a chain of events a little too obvious
happens, well, Peter realizes that his power should be used for good,
for saving babies in fires and stopping the bad guys, but what kind of
movie would that be. You need a villain. Enter the Green Goblin.
The Green Goblin is born when Norman Olson (Willem Dafoe) becomes
the human guinea pig for an untested performance enhancing treatment.
Things donít go as planned, and now Norman has voices in his head,
namely the Goblinís, making him do bad things as he cruises around on
a glider-type device. So, the Goblin creates havoc at a company
picnic, Spider-Man does his best to save the day, and now the Goblin
knows one thing stands in his way from world domination Ė Spider-Man.
The Goblin is now on a quest to kill Spidey, and the rest of the movie
is born as Spider-Man has to protect his loved ones and eventually go
on to defeat the Goblin.
In the end "Spider-Man" is what it is supposed to be: Not as dark
as Batman, not as serious as Superman, but just a fun time. Sure,
there are some dark episodes, like when Peterís uncle dies, and sure,
there are some serious sides like Peter realizing he canít be with the
woman he loves because it endangers her life, but mostly this movie is
just fun as Spider-Man comically captures the bad guys, J. Jonah
Jameson wisecracks his way in the editorís office, and Peter is happy
knowing he is cool, even if people donít know itís him.
What makes this movie really work is simply Tobey Maguire. Just
nerdy enough to be Peter, just cool enough to be Spider-Man, he was a
great choice for the role. Kirsten Dunst is also great as the
"girl-next-door" but not so hot she is unattainable by the nerdy kid.
J.K Simmons is a perfect J. Jonah Jameson, and Dafoe works well as the
rich dude gone crazy. All in all I just liked the way things clicked
together in the movie. Raimi, the director, is already on board for
the sequel, as is Maguire, and the story of the Hobgoblin is already
in place. I hope they keep part II just as fun as part I.
If you like a movie that can be just a good time if you let it,
youíll do well to see "Spider-Man." Itís got some romance (one of the
best kissing scenes of all time in my opinion), itís got action, and
the dream for every nerdy kid out there Ė to be cool. Itís 4 Ĺ stars
out of 5 for "Spider-Man."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!