Spider-Man (2002) 2.93/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 66.4
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Duration: 121 mins
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe

Credit to Sam Raimi. At a time when dark superhero movies were very much the in-thing, he not only bucks the trend but also his own traditionally darker leanings (Evil Dead, Darkman, etc.) and makes a colourful, cheerful, John Hughes like version of the web shooting hero. And most surprisingly it worked – thanks to a clever script, good young actors, good older actors, and some real electricity between his two romantic leads. Tobey Maguire is perfect as the dorky kid turned dorky superhero while Kirsten Dunst does the girl next door better than any other modern actress. The film even manages to survive Willem Dafoe’s ham-fest and even thrive on its funniness. The special effects are a little CGI obvious in parts but that is off-set by the startlingly authentic and almost hypnotic movement of Spider-Man as he swings through the city.

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