Throwback Thursday Spider-man (2002) review

Marcus Gutierrez, Film Critic

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Rated: PG-13—for stylized violence and action

Running Time: 2 hours and 1 minute

Cast: Toby Maguire, Kristen Dunst, James Franco, William Dafoe, and J.K. Simmons

Directed by; Sam Rami

 

Moving past his famous Evil Dead horror trilogy from 1981 to 1992, director Sam Rami surprises everyone back in 2002 with his very first superhero film that spins its spectacular web perfectly in Spider-man. Before the rebooted 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man, let’s return back to a time when the first greatest superhero movie of the early 2000’s became fun and engaging.

Following closely to the comic book source material, Peter Parker (Maguire), a nerdy class photographer has his life change when he becomes bitten by a radioactive spider that offers him the ability to do whatever a spider can: crawl on walls, spin a web, and enhance his speed and jumps. With his powers, he forms the mantle of Spider-Man. But with the villain, the Green Goblin (Dafoe) ready to cause trouble, it’s up to Spider-Man to take down his enemy and save the day.

The film sounds like a total comic book, and it is exactly. With funky camera shots, mad scientist, and overblown action, the film takes total advantage of being a comic book and has fun with it. The shots of Spider-Man swinging across New York City are beautiful to watch, traveling around at bird height. The action is played well to, it well choreographed and simple, never acting flash or adding heavy special effects; it acts simple and, of course, fun. The effects, while there, are 95% practical, from costume, to combat, to explosions and sets and props.

The acting is spectacular. With the great portrayal of Toby Maguire as Spider-man, the ensemble cast in the movie as outstanding and true to the comic book style.

Filled with drama, heart, and fun moments, Spider-man ends up being the great summer movie of the early 2002’s best installment. It highly structured, well-acted and filled with enjoyment for the whole family, Spider-man is rated a 8/10: Spectacular.

 

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