When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Title :Spider-Man (2002)
Release : 7 August 2002
Genre :Action, Adventure
Stars :Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
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He’s strong, like a spider! Pow! He swings from a web like a spider! Whoosh! His bite injects a chemical that liquefies your internal organs so he can suck them out, like a spider! Slurp!
SPIDER-MAN was directed by Sam Raimi (THE EVIL DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE GIFT) and written by David Koepp (STIR OF ECHOES, JURASSIC PARK), with a writing credit also going to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for the comic book.
Mild mannered high school geek Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is the target of ridicule for the jocks and the object of pity for Mary Jane “MJ” Watson (Kirsten Dunst: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE CROW: Salvation). Peter, of course, is desperately in love with MJ. She thinks Peter is nice when she notices him at all, instead focusing her attention on her jock boyfriend, one of Peter’s tormentors. This formula story has been around ever since the first lonely nerd longed for an unattainable cheerleader and thought to himself, “I’d bet she’d notice me if I had super powers. Then I’d show her. Then I’d show them all!”*
A field trip to a science museum includes a visit to a genetics lab that is studying spiders. Peter snaps a few pictures for the school paper while trying to work up the nerve to talk to MJ. Instead, Peter’s friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) beats him to it. Harry is an outcast too, but not for being a brainy nerd like Peter. Harry’s father is wealthy industrialist Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe: eXistenZ, AMERICAN PSYCHO) so he’s made fun of for being a rich kid. Like jocks need a reason?
The genetic scientist explaining the experiments points out a display that, she says, “Contains fifteen genetically engineered spiders. Super spiders, if you will.”
“Fourteen,” says MJ, helpfully. The scientist looks closer and sure enough one of the containers is empty. She brushes it off by saying one of the labs must have checked the specimen out, but we know better. Super spider 15 (sounds like a Japanese anime’ title, doesn’t it?) has spun a web just above Mr. Parker. It drops gently onto his hand andgives him a serious bite, then scurries off under a table.
Now maybe it’s just me, but if I was in a lab full of genetically engineered super spiders and a big, weird-looking multi-colored arachnid bit me on the hand and left a big red mark, I’d tell somebody! I’d demand an ambulance, an antidote, and a lawyer, in that order. Peter, being the milksop that he is, just goes home, tells his aunt and uncle he’s not feeling well (duh!), and goes to sleep. Peter’s Aunt May (Rosemary Harris: THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, THE GIFT) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) are raising him.Peter wakes up the next day and begins discovering his new powers. This part of the movie is both cool and funny as some of his abilities take time to master. There is the inevitable kicking of the bully’s ass scene, which leads me to a small