Sunday, June 09, 2002


Year: 2002
Dir: Sam Raimi
Screenplay: David Koepp
Comic: Marvel

Stars: TOBEY MAGUIRE,Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, Cliff Robertson, J K Simmons.

New York City skyscrapers, yellow cabs, street gangs and gratuitous violence. You’d think I was talking about the latest Scorsese movie but NO…this is Spiderman 2002, craftily done with an authentic comic book style. You’ve never seen a Superhero quite
as cool as this one!

Tobey Maguire as the unlikely hero with the unlikely appeal shows us just how wrong we were. From the web motif opening credits to the touch of Danny Elfman’s signature score you know you’re going to like this movie.

A gold star goes to David Koepps for the superb comic timing and well paced storyline making ‘Peter Parker’s’ transformation from nerdy teenager in love to web-slinging, roof hopping hero as smooth as silk. Willem Dafoe’s wicked turn as the ‘Green Goblin’, Spiderman’s archenemy, adds a deliciously sinister flavour while Kirsten Dunst, as the screaming Mary Jane Watson, provides one of the sexiest screen kisses any schoolboy or Superhero could wish for.

If there’s one gripe to mention, well two actually, then it’s the World Wrestling Federation’s cameo role – you’ll have to watch the movie to see what I mean about this. Secondly it’s the ‘almost’ flawless CGI’s. Spiderman looks like he is jumping Manhattan but every now and then you’re seeing a cartoon character, not Sam Raimi’s fault, the movie as a whole is top-notch on entertainment value but a director can only do so much!

Colourful, comic and daring to laugh in the face of similar metropolitan meanderers like Batman or Superman; Spiderman fans will be going home with ‘eat your heart out’ written all over their faces!

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