Spiderman (2002) Movie Review By Ryan Balkwill

Genre: Action, Adventure  

Directors: Sam Raimi 

Produced: Laura Ziskin, Ian Bryce

Screenplay: David Koepp

Casts: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Joe Manganiello & Elizabeth Banks.

Plot: When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

This film was in interesting for it’s time because it was the start of a birth of super hero movies for the 21st century. While this does have the marvel logo at the beginning it is not connected to anything else that the MCU put out in later years (being way before all of that).

I like this film because it’s the first time Spider Man appears on a big screen and this film is an important part of my childhood. Toby Maguire was born to be the geek nerdy side of the character of Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst was really good as Mary Jane and I enjoyed the relationship between Peter and Harry (his best friend) and the romance between Peter and Mary Jane felt fluid and natural, they come together and the casting for Aunt May and Uncle Ben was excellent and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborne was good but The Green Goblin looks stupid and he has some corny dialogue. I wished to see more of Peter Parker’s time in high school.

My favourite bit of the film is the way they did the Ben Parker death, where the burglar passes peter after his wrestling fight and peter does not stop him. Peter later finds Ben dying and it was too late to save him.  

The Main Characters are Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Toby Maguire) A academically brilliant but socially inept boy who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains spider-like abilities. And Norman Osborn/Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) A Scientist, engineer, billionaire, founder and owner of Oscorp who tests an unstable strength enhancer on himself and becomes the insane and powerful Green Goblin

I Recommend this film for all on DVD and Blu-ray.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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