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For devoted fans and nonfans alike, Spider-Man offers nothing less--and nothing more--than what you'd expect from a superhero blockbuster. Having proven his comic-book savvy with the original Darkman, director Sam Raimi brings ample energy and enthusiasm to Spidey's origin story, nicely establishing high-school nebbish Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) as a brainy outcast who reacts with appropriate euphoria--and well-tempered maturity--when a "super-spider" bite transforms him into the amazingly agile, web-shooting Spider-Man. That's all well and good, and so is Kirsten Dunst as Parker's girl-next-door sweetheart. Where Spider-Man falls short is in its hyperactive CGI action sequences, which play like a video game instead of the gravity-defying exploits of a flesh-and-blood superhero. Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Spidey's schizoid nemesis, the Green Goblin, and the movie's a lot of fun overall. It's no match for Superman and Batman in bringing a beloved character to the screen, but it places a respectable third. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When so many DVDs offer making-of featurettes and commentaries, it's a real treat to get something different on the Spider-Man DVD: a 25-minute documentary, "Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century," that examines the history of the Marvel comic book through original art and interviews with co-creator Stan Lee and artists such as John Romita, John Romita Jr., Todd McFarlane, and John Byrne. There is also a comics archive and artists gallery. And if you want info about the movie, you can get that, too: a commentary track by director Sam Raimi, actor Kirsten Dunst, producer Laura Ziskin, and co-producer Grant Curtis, plus a technically oriented commentary by the effects crew; pop-up factoids offering trivia about the movie and comic book; occasional Easter eggs leading to featurettes (e.g., 90 seconds on wrestler Randy Savage as Bonesaw McGraw); and promotional documentaries, screen tests, outtakes, and the like. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Fans of the comic will not be disappointed, for the film stays true to it's origins, yet has enough adventure to make it new and attention-grabbing. Director Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead films) has created a world, which is fun and adventurous. There are problems; William Dafoe is limited in his performance as The Green Goblin, with the restraining suit creating a somewhat gauche characterisation. And Raimi sometimes goes a bit far with the retina-popping visuals. Regardless, it's first-class popcorn- munching entertainment, with enough action and FX to satisfy audiences.
Summary: You know the story, toss in a Hollywood romance, and the usual butchering of established plots and you have this movie.
The Good: it's Spidey and Spidey is cool. The storyline was good and caught all the important Spidey elements. The acting I thought was great even though I did balk at Mr. Maguire (sp) playing Paker. J.J.J. was amazing. I still think he was the best part of the movie.
The Bad: The special effects just weren't that great. When I saw this in theaters I don't remember noticing all the horrible blue/green screening, but now I sure notice it. Maybe effects have advanced enough in the last couple years, or maybe it was always bad and I just missed it. There are some horrible shots in this, mostly involving people falling or flying through the air, as it's a Spidey movie there is of course a lot of that.
The Ugly: Why did they have to mess with established story. Sure they muck these up when they release them, I expect that, but totally dropping a character like Gwen Stacey just seems wrong. Plus this is supposed to be based on the Ulitmate Spiderman series and not the original, but even that has Gwen MJ and Peter in a love triangle (well until Carnage gets involved).
I personally hated the Goblin's costume.
Summary: sure you have all seen it, but just in case: If you like Super Heroes see this, but don't expect it to follow any known storyline or mythos. The themes are all there but how they get expressed is wonky. If you like action movies this will be great, if you like effects this will be good except you will be cringing at some horrible bluescreens. If you like romances you might even dig this. Well worth seeing, and I even enjoyed watching it for the second time.
2. Implications: How is Spiderman's understanding of "with great power comes great responsibility" an example of contemporary American thought? Think specifically about the nature of evil and the propensity toward intense individual classification when one's existence becomes threatened.
3. Evolution: Spiderman was a hero born out of the 60s, springing from both the dangers of genetic manipulation and the problems of substance abuse (in the form of Oscorp Chemicals). Raimi makes little mention of the chemical abuse in the story, and paints it in a much simpler picture of the probable evil in man's soul and the strange world of pseudoscience. Therefore, it is obvious that in many ways, the film departs from its traditional conditioning while remaining loyal to the original personalities of the characters. In which ways is Spiderman the hero shown to be a creation of the contemporary age, versus a creation of the 60s, in the film?
4. Realism: America has a long history, not only in comics but in legendary history, of people who take the law into their own hands. If a being like Spiderman existed, could he survive in our real world, or is he only a dream?
5. Stageplay: Spiderman is classicly a cynic, an individual thinker, an avid contemporarian (someone "in" the times), a man of passions (versus someone who could care less), an irreligious jokester and a man who is not sure of his destiny, but lives to succeed. Do you feel Maguire fulfills this role? Some critics say he is too much of a "boy" to fill Spiderman's shoes, while others claim it is his boyishness that charms us into belief. What do you think?
Most of our favourite Spidey characters are here - Peter Parker (played to "wallflower" perfection by Toby Maguire), his colleagues Harry and Flash, the fiery readhead Mary Jane Watson, and of course Aunt May and Uncle Ben. The film covers Spiderman's origin (slightly updating the spider bite from a radioactive spider to a genetically enhanced one). The absolute highlight of the film is his attempt to make money wrestling, where he takes on a seriously buffed-up Randy "Macho Man" Savage (called "Bonesaw" in the film). Raimi regular Bruce Campbell appears as the ring announcer, apparently using the Elvis hair and wardrobe acquired from his recent "Bubba Ho-tep" film.
We then advance to the main story - the battle with arch-enemy Green Goblin, here played by Willem Dafoe, who does an admirable job personifying the villain even though half the time we can't see his face.Read more ›
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Okay, but ot as good as the more recent offering of the Amazing spider manPublished 12 months ago by Gromit
Great video quality, better than regular dvds. Item exactly as advertised, shipping was reasonable.Published 17 months ago by Christopher
It an interesting movie on how he became spiderman - I use to follow him in the comic books when he first appeared there.Published on July 19 2013 by James Jay
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awesome movie.it has a great story,a great villain and excellent
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This is an awesome show! SOME OF THE BEST SFX EVER SHOWN ON VIDEO! A GREAT MOVIE!!!! BUY... Read morePublished on July 29 2005 by RICK