Movie #264 Spiderman
(2002, US, d. Sam Raimi)
The most classic of all superhero films, Spiderman, in my opinion, is the most enjoyable and (save for Christopher Nolan’s Batman expansions), the most well-written of all the films in the genre. The film that started the superhero craze in the first place, Spiderman is filled with so much heart and care that it’s almost difficult to not love. Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker, the high school photographer bitten by a venomous spider that turns him into a superhero. As Parker narrates in the opening lines of the film, “This story, like any story worth telling, is all about a girl”. Spiderman is a movie about Peter Parker and his next door neighbor May Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst). It is their love story and nothing more – and that is why this film succeeds. Everything else seems like a very intriguing subplot. For some reason, even the villainy of Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) doesn’t seem to garner the same amount attention as the personal relationships in Parker’s life. A movie about family and love as much as it is about Spiderman, the first in the installment of three is by far the best. It is a film I envision will be played in 70mm special screenings for a lifetime, never losing that sense of magic and class. It’s a shame they’re rebooting the series, but hey, money talks.