Spider-Man

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With the stir and crash of Elfman's opening theme, the vertiginous weave of the credit crawl and the hardbitten noir voice-over ('Who am I? Are you sure you want to know?'), this accomplished blockbuster announces itself as a stylish piece of pop myth-spinning. Director and writer afford the old Marvel comic strip the reverence film-makers used to reserve for the Scriptures - which is not to suggest that they miss the fun of it. Every inch the nerd's nerd, Maguire is adroitly cast as Peter Parker, a brainy orphan with a suppressed wild streak and a lot of growing up to do. When the worm turns (courtesy of a GM spider bite), his elation is palpable, a testosterone rush which sends him sky-high. The first thing is to score some greenbacks to impress the red-head next door (Dunst). Meanwhile. Dafoe's arms inventor, Norman Osborn, is the fly in the ointment, trying on his own altered ego - the Green Goblin - to test-Spider-boy's moral mettle. Despite the movie's solid storytelling virtues, it must be admitted that the action spectacular scenes are a somewhat disappointing, and that Dunst is little more than an old-style scream queen.
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2002

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Usayeed

Spider-man is simply the best superhero movie in the world. Because of the balance of action, thrill, humour and drama really makes the characters come to life and feel convincing. Spider-man isn't like other superheroes who have comfortable lifestyles, he is just basically just your average Joe who has social, job, love and teenaged problems that we all go through and that is why the character is so believable. In short Spider-man is just your ordinary guy who has superpowers and the responsibility of using them to help others. I thought that Tobey Maguire was the perfect choice for Spider-man and within seconds you know that nobody could do a better job than him. He helps the characters' soul develop and does an awesome job in bringing out those noble and heroic qualities with relative ease. In the beginning the title credits were good and the first few words of narration made sure that this is gonna be one of the best movies ever. The first few minutes of this movie straight away explains how complex Peters life is and how much he loves Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) so others can immediately identify with Peter and his personal problems, which is simply lacking in other superhero films. Most other superheroes have fancy life styles and earn alot of money and are on top of there game. Because of this most people don't have anything in common with them. Take Superman for example. I ain't saying he's totally crap but it can be tedious to read about someone like him; he's not from this planet, he's invinsible and he lives in Metropolis which doesn't even exist. So, anyway about Peter his life ain't totally perfect but he has a rich best friend Harry (despite his wealth he still has lots of life problems) and he has a major crush on Mary Jane Watson. James Franco does an exemplary job as confused Harry and Kirsten Dunst makes it obvious for why Peter would fall in love with her. They also make there characters realistic just like Tobey Maguire does Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The first scene is able to show nerdy, unpopular and bullied Peter is and that makes you feel sorry for him. In the next scene there is a school science trip and that is where he gets bit by a spider while taking photos of Mary Jane. He then goes home and we're introduced to Aunt May and Uncle Ben who raised Peter since he was orphaned at an early age. Cliff Robertson easily manages to establish Uncle Ben's character as an important figure in Peter's life in such a short amount of screen time and Rosemary Harris also does an excellent job in portraying a frail yet caring Aunt May. They ask how the field trip is going but since Peter wasn't feeling well because of the bite he goes upstairs and faints. The acting in that scene was very convincing in my book. In the same scene Norman turns into the green goblin after testing his unstable performance enhancers and at the same time becoming criminally insane. In that scene Willem Dafoe nails the insanity and anger of Osborn perfectly. When Peter wakes up the next day he discovers that he has muscles which wows him. In school he has a fight with Flash Thompson and kicks his ass like hell and it showed that Peter was through taking Flashes crap which was pretty cool and fun to watch. After the discovery of his new found powers he tries to get money from a wrestling match to buy a car to impress Mary Jane. To go there he tells his aunt and uncle that he is going to the library so his uncle gives him a ride. In that scene he explains to Peter that with great power comes great responsibility. And as we all know he uses his power irresponsibly. He kicks the crap out of Bonesaw which was awesomely choreographed. In that scene Bruce Campbell does a cameo and is very funny. The fight promoter cheats Peter and when the dude gets robbed Peter doesn't give a crap so he lets him get away. After that incident Peter finds out that uncle Ben dies and uses his powers to catch the killer. The web swinging scenes were spectacular and energetic and there was lots of anger and guilt when he find out the killer was the dude he didn't stop at the fight promoters office. Then he swears that he won't let anything bad happen to anyone anymore and he becomes Spider-man and fights the Green Goblin. Throughout the film we see Spider-man's character progress and mature throughout the film. He learns how to deal with his teenaged problems and tries to balance his life as a superhero and as a normal person. He also learns to control his powers; to compare the first swing with the final swing is like night and day as he has more control in the final swing comparing the first swing. His gets stronger and more agile and combat improves as more fight scenes come and go. The action scenes in this movie are very brutal and they are awesome to look at. There are a handful of them and never fail to keep you entertained. They are properly choreographed so that they can emphasise Spider-man as a strong but agile figure and the Green Goblin as menacing and brutal fighter easily and effectively. The movie not only contains great action scenes, but also provides some humour and awkward moments that are very entertaining. Take J.Jonah Jameson (the great J.K. Simmons) for example; he provides us with funny moments such as when Peter brings Spider-man photos he goes "There crap, crap, mega crap. I'll give you 200 bucks for all of them." The way he says it gives you chuckles. The scene where Spidey has his upside down kiss is know famous and often parodied. The story manages to explain more than 40 years of Spideys origin and they do it flawlessly and very smoothly. It shows Peter's typical teenaged struggles, the rush of his new found powers and his maturity progressing throughout the film. Willem Dafoe does an excellent job as the sadistic, evil, and ruthless Green Goblin and innocent father figure of Norman Osborn, Kirsten Dunst is a great choice for Mary Jane Watson because she was pretty hot, Tobey Maguire is spectacular at playing Peter Parker as he has the ability to capture the caring, loyal, honourable, friendly, teenaged, and humourous escence of Spider-man. This movie had the correct amount of action, drama and humour but the length in my opinion was too short, but the good things I've stated above recompensate for its length. Nowadays movies rarely get exceptional results but overall I think that Spider-man is the best superhero ever and I'd like to thank Sam Raimi for his outstanding contribution in directing this spectacular superhero movie.

Usayeed

Spider-man is simply the best superhero movie in the world. Because of the balance of action, thrill, humour and drama really makes the characters come to life and feel convincing. Spider-man isn't like other superheroes who have comfortable lifestyles, he is just basically just your average Joe who has social, job, love and teenaged problems that we all go through and that is why the character is so believable. In short Spider-man is just your ordinary guy who has superpowers and the responsibility of using them to help others. I thought that Tobey Maguire was the perfect choice for Spider-man and within seconds you know that nobody could do a better job than him. He helps the characters' soul develop and does an awesome job in bringing out those noble and heroic qualities with relative ease. In the beginning the title credits were good and the first few words of narration made sure that this is gonna be one of the best movies ever. The first few minutes of this movie straight away explains how complex Peters life is and how much he loves Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) so others can immediately identify with Peter and his personal problems, which is simply lacking in other superhero films. Most other superheroes have fancy life styles and earn alot of money and are on top of there game. Because of this most people don't have anything in common with them. Take Superman for example. I ain't saying he's totally crap but it can be tedious to read about someone like him; he's not from this planet, he's invinsible and he lives in Metropolis which doesn't even exist. So, anyway about Peter his life ain't totally perfect but he has a rich best friend Harry (despite his wealth he still has lots of life problems) and he has a major crush on Mary Jane Watson. James Franco does an exemplary job as confused Harry and Kirsten Dunst makes it obvious for why Peter would fall in love with her. They also make there characters realistic just like Tobey Maguire does Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The first scene is able to show nerdy, unpopular and bullied Peter is and that makes you feel sorry for him. In the next scene there is a school science trip and that is where he gets bit by a spider while taking photos of Mary Jane. He then goes home and we're introduced to Aunt May and Uncle Ben who raised Peter since he was orphaned at an early age. Cliff Robertson easily manages to establish Uncle Ben's character as an important figure in Peter's life in such a short amount of screen time and Rosemary Harris also does an excellent job in portraying a frail yet caring Aunt May. They ask how the field trip is going but since Peter wasn't feeling well because of the bite he goes upstairs and faints. The acting in that scene was very convincing in my book. In the same scene Norman turns into the green goblin after testing his unstable performance enhancers and at the same time becoming criminally insane. In that scene Willem Dafoe nails the insanity and anger of Osborn perfectly. When Peter wakes up the next day he discovers that he has muscles which wows him. In school he has a fight with Flash Thompson and kicks his ass like hell and it showed that Peter was through taking Flashes crap which was pretty cool and fun to watch. After the discovery of his new found powers he tries to get money from a wrestling match to buy a car to impress Mary Jane. To go there he tells his aunt and uncle that he is going to the library so his uncle gives him a ride. In that scene he explains to Peter that with great power comes great responsibility. And as we all know he uses his power irresponsibly. He kicks the crap out of Bonesaw which was awesomely choreographed. In that scene Bruce Campbell does a cameo and is very funny. The fight promoter cheats Peter and when the dude gets robbed Peter doesn't give a crap so he lets him get away. After that incident Peter finds out that uncle Ben dies and uses his powers to catch the killer. The web swinging scenes were spectacular and energetic and there was lots of anger and guilt when he find out the killer was the dude he didn't stop at the fight promoters office. Then he swears that he won't let anything bad happen to anyone anymore and he becomes Spider-man and fights the Green Goblin. Throughout the film we see Spider-man's character progress and mature throughout the film. He learns how to deal with his teenaged problems and tries to balance his life as a superhero and as a normal person. He also learns to control his powers; to compare the first swing with the final swing is like night and day as he has more control in the final swing comparing the first swing. His gets stronger and more agile and combat improves as more fight scenes come and go. The action scenes in this movie are very brutal and they are awesome to look at. There are a handful of them and never fail to keep you entertained. They are properly choreographed so that they can emphasise Spider-man as a strong but agile figure and the Green Goblin as menacing and brutal fighter easily and effectively. The movie not only contains great action scenes, but also provides some humour and awkward moments that are very entertaining. Take J.Jonah Jameson (the great J.K. Simmons) for example; he provides us with funny moments such as when Peter brings Spider-man photos he goes "There crap, crap, mega crap. I'll give you 200 bucks for all of them." The way he says it gives you chuckles. The scene where Spidey has his upside down kiss is know famous and often parodied. The story manages to explain more than 40 years of Spideys origin and they do it flawlessly and very smoothly. It shows Peter's typical teenaged struggles, the rush of his new found powers and his maturity progressing throughout the film. Willem Dafoe does an excellent job as the sadistic, evil, and ruthless Green Goblin and innocent father figure of Norman Osborn, Kirsten Dunst is a great choice for Mary Jane Watson because she was pretty hot, Tobey Maguire is spectacular at playing Peter Parker as he has the ability to capture the caring, loyal, honourable, friendly, teenaged, and humourous escence of Spider-man. This movie had the correct amount of action, drama and humour but the length in my opinion was too short, but the good things I've stated above recompensate for its length. Nowadays movies rarely get exceptional results but overall I think that Spider-man is the best superhero ever and I'd like to thank Sam Raimi for his outstanding contribution in directing this spectacular superhero movie.