Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is an ordinary guy who lives with his beloved aunt and uncle and quietly pines for the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). But when a genetically engineered “super-spider” bites him while on a school trip, Peter develops unusual skills – fantastic acrobatic strength, supernatural awareness and a talent for web-spinning. It’s not until tragedy strikes at home that Peter decides to use his new powers to fight crime under a secret identity, Spider-man! When the evil Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) attacks the good people of New York and endangers the life of Mary Jane, Peter commits himself to the ultimate tests: to thwart his arch-enemy and to win the heart of the girl that he loves.
2002 – Certificate: 12 – American Film
8.0 out of 10
With great power comes great responsibility… That reminds me, I attended a webinar at work today, to enable me to become what’s called “An Authoriser”. Thanks to having so recently watched “Spider-Man” I totally “got it” and realised the awesome obligation that had been bestowed on me. True, it’s not given me enough super-powers to be able to go out and buy an Aston Martin as a company car, which I’m always going on about, but still. I’m already responsible for saving the planet on a daily basis, so I guess adding this to my ‘portfolio of stress’ won’t make a lot of difference. Jim gave the training, who’s the calmest person in the whole organisation. Just as well really, as An Authoriser sounds more like someone who gives orders in a crime syndicate; or takes dead bodies, puts them in baths and pours acid all over them so they dissolve. I probably watch too many films. Ha, I just realised how apt attending a webinar was after watching Spider-Man.
I enjoy superhero films. It’s the ‘tortured hero that always comes good in the end’ that I can relate to. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s a thin line between my job and Spider-Man’s, or any superhero’s for that matter; we all save civilisation on an almost daily basis. This is a great film that still looks good. In the big scheme of things, Spider-Man always came a distant fourth for me when I was young, behind Batman, Superman and Popeye (the spinach guy), but he looks good in action here. It’s the usual stuff, guy finds he’s got super powers, pisses off someone powerful and bad, has a crisis of identity, then comes good and saves the girl, before giving her up for the greater benefit of everyone else. Yep, sounds like my life, except the exciting and positive parts.
This film has a really good soundtrack by Danny Elfman, even though all the best bits of it sound like rejects from the Batman movie.
Recommended for people like me, photographers, military weapon designers; and, most importantly, arachnologists.
No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Top badass moment? It’s so mundane and predictable, but after spending ages (literally most of his life) chasing his soul mate, Peter Parker rejects her so he can ‘pursue’ his new ‘career’ more effectively. What a do-gooder! He didn’t even take her to bed first. What a nice guy. He made be stupid and he may be misguided, but the world needs more badass ‘nice people’ like him.
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