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

Tobey Maguire     Willem Dafoe     Kirsten Dunst     James Franco     Cliff Robertson     Rosemary Harris     J.K. Simmons     Joe Manganiello     Gerry Becker     Bill Nunn     Jack Betts     Stanley Anderson     Ron Perkins     Michael Papajohn     K.K. Dodds
Action     Fantasy
(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
Based On Comic     Green Goblin     Marvel     Spider     Spider-Man     Super Villain     Superhero

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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