Spider-Man (2002)

(This will be a short movie review)

When Peter Parker–a nerdy, shy, and awkward high-schooler–is bitten by a radioactive spider, he is given spider-like abilities which he comes to realize he should use to fight crime then help himself.  This superhero film is directed by Sam Raimi (The Gift, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3), and written by master screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Secret Window, War of the Worlds, Ghost Town, Angels & Demons); starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kristen Dunst, Randy Savage, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, Cliff Robertson.  (Running Time: 121 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for Stylized violence and action)

This movie is based after the popular Marvel comics which originated from the 60s by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.  For twenty-five years, the project of “Spiderman” with film studios was stuck in what they called “development hell”, because James Cameron’s (writer and director of films like The Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar) specscript had never been fully noted by major studios.  In 1999, David Koepp received permission from Cameron to write his specscript into a screenplay and sell to Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Many big-time filmmakers were considered for directing this endeavor, such as Roland Emmerich, Tim Burton, Chris Columbus, and David Fincher.  But it came down to an unfamiliar face in hollywood, Sam Raimi, who had up until that point only done a few action films and one drama.  Though he had been in the business for twenty years, this was his first major film to be made.

When I first saw this film years ago as a child obsessed with superheros, I was in love with this film.  But of course, that feeling has died away after the years, and though I sometimes have the kid-like feeling here and there, for the most part, Spiderman is so-so in my opinion; an alright action movie.  One of those films you could plop in the DVD player when you’ve come back from a long day of working and your mind is just too foggy to think.  In Spiderman, you don’t need to think that hard…

Apparently the CGI of this film was quite a success, with many of the scenes of Spiderman swinging around New York City in a computer and looking believable enough for the audience to pay gobs and gobs of many to see it over and over again.  (It was nominated for an Academy Award for achievement in Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing)

The film was generally well-received by critics.  It was did amazingly well at the box office, passing over $821 million clams!  The strongly anticipated film Star Wars: Attack of the Clones opened only two weeks beforehand, and the studio was nervous that Spiderman would be overshadowed by Star Wars’ expected success.  Nevertheless, Spiderman drew in a huge crowd, bringing in more cash then that Star Wars film!  Heck, the film got over $100 million in toy sales!  (So, we can be safe to say that Spiderman was a reasonable success!)

I’d give it a…3 out of 7 stars; meaning I’d watch it again, but probably not for a long while.  Its not a bad movie; its just not totally amazing either, in my personal opinion…

But your opinion could most definitely be different then my own!  You may love superhero movies like Spiderman and grew up on the comics but never seen the movie!  If that’s the case, then you need to watch this one at least once!  It is pretty loyal to the comicbooks, I gotta tell ya!  Have fun watching it!



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