Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is a big nerdy loser. His best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) is the only person who really sticks up for him, but when Harry “steals” the girl (Kristen Dunst) Peter has always loved but was too afraid to talk to, Peter decides to toughen up. It does help that along the way Peter is bitten by a mutant spider that grants Peter special powers that allows him to have a special 6th sense, the ability to climb walls and sling webbing from his wrists. However, as the new Spider-man breaks onto the scene of crime fighting, Peter directs his attention to Harry’s father Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) who has become the Green Goblin and is terrorizing the city.
Directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Spider-Man was his largest and most anticipated film up to that point. He had to do the comic book hero justice and with the cast he assembled, it worked very well. Other then X-Men, Spider-Man set the bar for Marvel comic book heroes on the big screen. It has plenty of charm, heart and special effects that will please any comic book fan. As we all know, this series spurred 2 sequels and is expecting a reboot in summer 2012 with Andrew Garfield playing Peter. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, Randy Savage, Bill Nunn, Elizabeth Banks, and Bruce Campbell.
8/10 Stars – A great start to a wonderful franchise with plenty of heart and charm.
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