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Spider-Man

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Spider-Man

Friday the 11th of June

Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option.
--Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker

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USA: 2002 -- Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by David Koepp, based on the comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Starring Tobey Maguire, Willem DaFoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Cliff Robertson.

You do too much - college, a job, all this time with me... You're not Superman, you know.
--Rosemary Harris as Aunt May


For devoted fans and nonfans alike, Spider-Man offers nothing less--and nothing more--than what you'd expect from a superhero blockbuster. Having proven his comic-book savvy with the original Darkman, director Sam Raimi brings ample energy and enthusiasm to Spidey's origin story, nicely establishing high-school nebbish Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) as a brainy outcast who reacts with appropriate euphoria--and well-tempered maturity--when a "super-spider" bite transforms him into the amazingly agile, web-shooting Spider-Man. That's all well and good, and so is Kirsten Dunst as Parker's girl-next-door sweetheart. Where Spider-Man falls short is in its hyperactive CGI action sequences, which play like a video game instead of the gravity-defying exploits of a flesh-and-blood superhero. Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Spidey's schizoid nemesis, the Green Goblin, and the movie's a lot of fun overall. It's no match for Superman and Batman in bringing a beloved character to the screen, but it places a respectable third.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and some spare web fluid.