Directed by Sam Raimi Starring Tobey Maguire
Rating: *** (out of five)
OK: so it's a movie based on a comic book--a good-verses-evil morality tale. And it's a big Hollywood picture, an expensive blockbuster that's pulling in record-setting audiences at suburban multiplexes all over North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .
But unlike some of its predecessors like the Superman or Batman series, Spider-Man is an action adventure movie with a difference. Not only are the special effects amazing, the cast excellent and the script darn good, what puts Spider-Man in a category by itself is that it's the first of this kind of movie to be released after 9/11.
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Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi, is based on the 1960s era comic book of the same name. Starring Tobey Maguire, it tells the story of Peter Parker, a bespectacled high school student who is bullied by his classmates Classmates can refer to either:
Every superhero needs a supervillain and here it's the Green Goblin, the alter ego A doctrine used by the courts to ignore the corporate status of a group of stockholders, officers, and directors of a corporation in reference to their limited liability so that they may be held personally liable for their actions when they have acted fraudulently or unjustly or when of Parker's best friend's dad Norman Osborne (Willem Defoe). Osborne is a scientist who develops weapons for the U.S. military. While working on a prototype for a supersonic glider, and under pressure to get a new, large contract from the government, Osborne takes a performance enhancing elixir elixir /elix·ir/ (e-lik´ser) a clear, sweetened, alcohol-containing, usually hydroalcoholic liquid containing flavoring substances and sometimes active medicinal ingredients.
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1. . Defoe's performance is amazing: like Parker he has two lives. He's a wealthy, successful businessman but he's also the Green Goblin, seeking revenge on the military industrial complex that dumps him and his industry.
So it's all set up: a villain out to destroy and an unlikely hero capable of saving the day. The skirmishes between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man give plenty of opportunity for the digitally enhanced special effects to amaze you. And expect lots of fights. This is, after all, an action adventure movie based on a comic book. But what makes it so interesting and different is the post 9/11 New York City. There are a couple of brief references to "the bombing" and, in one scene, where Goblin has set an apartment building on fire, the New York New York, state, United States
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script David Koepp and director Raimi, Spider-Man is a moral fable and a love story. Peter Parker's guardian and uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) provide the moral fable. When he notices the changes in his nephew, he advises: "With great power there must also come great responsibility."
Sadly it's the last conversation between uncle and nephew: Ben is murdered. Peter grieves but chooses to honour his uncle's memory by taking great responsibility for the safety and welfare of others. It's a choice that makes you want to cheer, especially when contrasted with the Green Goblin who uses his power to destroy. The great power of the military industrial complex is pitted against the great power of an individual who chooses for the good: a metaphor, perhaps, of the central dilemma of North American North American
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The love story is the sweetest part of the movie. Peter Parker loves the girl next door, Mary Jane Watson Mary Jane Watson or Mary Jane Watson-Parker, depending on the adaptation, is the wife of Peter Parker (Spider Man) and a supporting character in the Marvel Comics' Spider-Man series. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr. (Kirsten Dunst). She, of course, doesn't love him, doesn't even notice him. But through a series of coincidences, she's saved, time and again, by Spider-Man, and slowly, falls for him, and for Parker. Maguire and Dunst create some wonderfully romantic moments. The famous upside-down, half-mask off kiss is an instant cinematic classic.
Mary Jane may never know how much Peter Parker loves her, and his unrequited love makes for a tenderness and vulnerability that is very appealing. For in the end, this film is all about love: Peter's love for Mary Jane, Uncle Ben's love for Peter, Spider-Man's love for justice and for freedom. It is far from the most profound movie you'll ever see, and some may find the fighting and the violence too much to take. But this movie gets lots of things right and delivers a message that's timely, good and in it's own way, inspiring.