A Reel Life film section
Issue: Winter 2002
Spider-man (2002) movie review
Mild-mannered Peter Parker, teenage science nerd and photographer must balance powers from a genetically-modified spider with becoming a good man and living with unrequited love.
Set in the Marvel Universe, Spider-man begins with American high school bullying and moves quickly from origin story to establishing himself and his reputation in New York.
His nemesis is the Green Goblin, a scientist with multiple personality disorder, clad in green armour and riding on a flying platform.
No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, the ones I love will always be the ones who pay.
The story is pure comic book, and the characters, Peter (Tobey Maguire), girl next door Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), Uncle (Cliff Robertson) and Aunt (Rosemary Harris), rich best friend (James Franco) and mad scientist (Willem Dafoe) are suitably stereotypic.
Spider-Man is suitably colourful, full of special effects and screams and stirring music. It's a gosh-darn feel good family movie that you can take or miss with impunity.
Not embarrassingly bad, not insightful.
by Ali Kayn
Just the facts:
Title: Spider-man (2002)
The Players: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Cliff Robertson Rosemary Harris, James Franco and Willem Dafoe
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