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Release year: 2002 Director: Sam Raimi Screenwriter: David Koepp, Stan Lee (Marvel comic book), Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book) Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe, J.K. Simmons, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, Bill Nunn Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects. After nerdy and awkward teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gets ..

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Spider-Man

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Release year: 2002

Director: Sam Raimi

Screenwriter: David Koepp, Stan Lee (Marvel comic book), Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book)

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe, J.K. Simmons, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, Bill Nunn

Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects.

After nerdy and awkward teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gets bitten by a genetically modified spider he wakes up to a whole new world.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man had a big opening when it was released and to no surprise as his adaption of the friendly neighboorhood Spiderman is a true blockbuster: fun, spectacular and good looking. After being stuck in development hell for more than 25 years, Spider-Man was finally brought to the screen with the help of self acclaimed fan Raimi (Evil Dead, 1981) that stays close enough to its source to please fellow fans and who mainly works because of its excellent casting, especially in the form of Maguire (Pleasantville, 1998). Maguire manage to convince both as the limber super hero but especially fits the part as nerdy Peter Parker while his acting talent is sufficient for him to express emotions without his facial expressions are shown. Something that unfortunately appears to be something of a struggle for his co-star Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars, 2014) whose scenes in costumes are close to comical and appear extremely stiff, which is a shame as he excells in any scene out of costume. The versatile Dunst (Bring It On, 2000) is a perfect match for Maguire, the two suits each other and she brings plenty pf warmth to Mary Jane just as Franco (As I Lay Dying, 2013) does a good job showing Harry’s transformation from friend to foe as the events around him and his choices in life slowly destroys him. While the special effects in the movie are stunning, mindblowing at the time of it’s release and still good today, the movie wouldn’t have worked as well without the brilliant actors that makes this a movie capeable of surviving time and several revisits. Due to the brilliant casting of J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, 2014) as J. Jonah Jameson, the genrous amount of time spent on the highly entertaining part where Parker discovers his abilities, the now famous upside-down kiss and a near perfect ending, this helped set the standard for the excellent superhero movies seen in recent times and places Spider-Man on the top ten list of superhero movies.

 

Moviegeek info:

The scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane’s lunch on the tray involved no CGI. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand, Tobey Maguire¬†eventually (after many takes) performed the stunt exactly as seen.

 

Picture copyright: Sony Pictures

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