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Spider-Man /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, J.K. Simmons 

Directed by: Sam Raimi 

Produced by: Grant Curtis, Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin 

Written by: Alvin Sargent, David Koepp, Sam Raimi, Scott Rosenberg, Neil Ruttenberg 

Distributor: Columbia Tristar


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     I know I'm being a lot more critical and concise in this review, but something about Spider-Man made me think from a critic's aspect for the first time. When viewing this movie I was a member of the press, not just an audience member. Because of this strange psychological standpoint, I was able to see minor flaws, things that I wouldn't ever normally notice. That's why this review will probably be unusually longer...

     Now let's talk about the casting crew. When I first saw the trailer for Spider-Man, I thought that hiring Tobey Maguire to play lead was a BIG mistake. I mean his name is even spelled funny. When I last checked Toe-bee is spelled T-o-b-y, and Ma-Gwire M-c-G-u-i-r-e. But, now I realize the casting crew did their job. He was cheaper than others, younger than others, not to mention more good looking than others. Tobey was the right choice for the role of "Spider-Man".

      It's absolutely amazing what they can do with a movie today! The special effects in this picture were some of the best I've seen since Return of the Jedi. The webs, the villain, the walking up walls, it was completely mind blowing. I admit to seeing some pretty corny on-screen effects in the first scenes that I just had to laugh at, but it's hard to make a movie out of countless issues of comic books.

     Now that I've talked about the "good", it's time to talk about the "bad". There were no flaws in Spider-Man that were extremely noticeable, but me being in my "critic" state-of-mind, I realized some things. As I said before, some of the stunts in the beginning action-sequences were pretty unrealistic; but they made a movie (which IS real), out of a comic book (which ISN'T). Another thing that I wasn't satisfied with in Spider-Man was the second to last scene. It was supposed to tie the film together, but instead in kind of loosely nurtured it. The scene should be an emotional and gripping, but it really doesn't serve that purpose. Dunst was good, I will say. But, on the other hand, Maguire was bland and said his lines like they were rushed, he probably really didn't want to make the movie that day. It really spoiled the ending. Not that the movie as a whole wasn't outstanding work.

     In conclusion, Spider-Man was a delightful piece. Now, I don't think it's deserved all of the money it's racked in so far. But, it's in the fans hands, not mine. The aspect I really enjoyed about it was that it had something for everyone. Romance, Actions, Suspicion, Originality, Special Effects, you name it! Anyone can see it; kids, teenagers, and adults alike will get something out of it. For god's sake you can even take you 112 year old, dying Grandfather if you want to! He'll probably think it's the best thing he's seen in his whole life! Even though it's no Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Shrek, Spider-Man deserves credit. It truly is a nice way to spend two hours and one minute of your time.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews

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