2002 | Sam Raimi

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.

Average rating   7 out of 10

(21.34) Spider-Man 2 | (15.92) Spider-Man 3 | (8.49) Avengers: Endgame | (5.98) Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer | (5.47) Iron Man 3

Niels Risgaard Hansen     2013-08-15 7 out of 10

Spider-Man is great!

I remember watching the original TV series in the 80’ies that my uncle recorded on video in the late 70’ies. Those were fantastic times! As far as I remember, this movie is very true to the story of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, but I might be wrong. Also please note that I have not read the comics, so my judgement might be a bit off there as well.

As we need a lot of time getting introduced to Spider-Man/Parker, there is very little room left for the conflict between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man. This makes the plot seem a bit thin, but it still works.

I have never liked Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. He suits the role as an awkward youngster (Peter Parker) pretty decent, but somehow he is not believable as Spider-Man. Too young? Too whiney? Something like that.
Willem Dafoe is just brilliant as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin! He is really perfect for that part. He is scary yet likeable. Brilliant!
I have always had a bit of a crush on Kirsten Dunst, and for me she is the perfect Mary Jane Watson. She is cute and yet strong willed.

When I saw the “web-swinging scenes” in the movie theater I was really amazed. That stuff is greatly done. Even now watching it on Blue-Ray I still get a great big smile when Spidey goes swinging through the city.

Like Spider-Man? Watch it! Like Marvel Comics? Watch it! Like superhero movies? Watch it.

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