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The movie that started the revolution....

  • Nov 8, 2009
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When I heard they had made a big screen, live action adaption of  one of Marvels most profitable and most popular heroes, Spider-Man I was a little  less than enthusiastic seeing as I grew up watching the Spider-Man 1994 animated series when I was  younger. But after finally viewing it  and seeing it for what it is, Sam Rami's Spider-Man  is a masterstroke among the comic book films and is quite possible the   film that started the  Marvel revolution.

Spider-Man   when I first saw it I thought it was a little bit contrived and  pointless but  now seeing it again after a long time I  fully appreciate the great style and care that was put into making this movie.  Sam Rami crafts  a heartfelt, smart, gutsy  and  highly entertaining Super hero movie, it's one of the best of the best  of the best  and  it really set the benchmark for all other  Superhero movies to follow.

Tobey Maguire(Who was really a nobody till he made this movie.) Shines  here as  everyone favorite wall crawler he is very humble, smart and caring  but he lacks the wit  and  humor that made Spidey so cool back in the day, but  Maguire makes  up for that  character flaw with his  his great sense of right and wrong and  cool, hyper energy  as Spidey makes due. Willem Dafoe(Who really steals the show.) Is  sinister, psychotic, malicious, smart  and cunning as Spidey's arch rival  The Green Goblin, he brings the  same power and sense of   evil that The Goblin had in the comics and is a true  blue, straight from  the  mind of Stan Lee   incarnation of how  the character was on paper and  makes it something really amazing to watch Dafoe play him, he rocks the house.  Kirsten Dunst(While not my first choice for MJ.)  She does good here as the main love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man while she has the look and the style she  lacks in the  emotion department   sometimes in the film being reduced to nothing but pure eye candy, but that's what MJ was in the series, the comics and now in the movies, but all in all Dunst does good here. The cast is like I said fantastic and does great with there assigned part, they really bring this film up into the stratosphere of greatness and make this one of the best comic book movies around.

Spider-Man  is  original in the best  sense  and is  something of a  stand alone  amongst the sea of other comic book adaptions, It's a favorite of mine and a great piece of film making   that is too be cherished and  loved for the great entertainment and story  that it tells. All in all Spider-Man is one wild, web slinging ride you don't want to miss.

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October 21, 2010
Agreed man this one was great, I as well LOVED that series in the 90's, well done.
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review by . July 18, 2010
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review by . December 05, 2009
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Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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The movie that started the superhero movie craze, actually was entertaining and visually appealing.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Entertaining movie with great special effects. Not happy with the way they have Peter become Spiderman in this movie.
Quick Tip by . May 04, 2010
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review by . June 21, 2008
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This review will be split into three sections, they will be The Story, The Characters & The Verdict. This will give you a fair and true description of the movie and its characters and will give you my personal opinion of the movie which should help you make an informed decision on whether to watch this film for the first time or whether to stay away like you have already done for six years.    The Story: Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker an aspiring photographer who one day is …
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Based on the classic Marvel Comics series, Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN deftly details the origin of the web-slinging superhero. When awkward New York City teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) attends a class field trip to a laboratory, he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider while taking photos of his longtime crush, the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Soon he discovers this bite has given him remarkable powers--heightened strength, dexterity, and awareness, along with the ability to cling to walls and shoot webs from his wrists. Hoping to win Mary Jane's heart using his new talents, Peter becomes distracted from home life with his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), ultimately leading to tragedy--and his new role as the crime-fighting Spider-Man. Meanwhile Harry Osborn (Willem Dafoe), the industrialist father of Peter's friend Norman (James Franco), undergoes a transformation of his own, bringing about the creation of Spider-Man's arch-nemesis: The Green Goblin...                                            
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Director: Sam Raimi
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 2002, May 3, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Stan Lee, David Koepp, Steve Ditko
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2002
Runtime: 2hrs 1min
Studio: Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures
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