U.S., 2002, 121 min, 35mm, Dir. Sam Raimi, Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Repertory
“There’s a lot of trial and error in this film, which at its heart is a tale of adolescence rather than some inane battle between good and evil. That’s reflected in the sweet simplicity at its core.” – Mike D’Angelo, The AV Club
In 2002, Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to the big screen and, with Tobey Maguire as Spidey himself, captured what Stan Lee intended for the character to be: someone to whom teenagers could relate. Sure, there’s a nefarious corporation seeking a military contract that results in a monstrous villain willing to kill the innocent, but at the heart of Spider-Man is a coming of age story about a boy with a crush on a girl. Will he win her love? Will he land that post-graduation job? Yes, right after he lays the big bad to waste. In addition to Maguire, the cast includes Kirsten Dunst, who brings a believable girl-next-door feel to Mary-Jane Watson; James Franco in his studio breakout role as Harry Osborn (a strange start to the purported Renaissance man); and Willem Defoe, always a fun on-screen presence, as the Green Goblin.
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