December 17, 2014
Although we saw it only 10 years ago, Marc Webb manages to create a smart, fun, remake that keeps the Spiderman franchise still alive.
December 30, 2006
A re-watch on Blu, was shocked to see Alcide from True Blood as Flash Thompson in this one, did NOT remember that at all. The film holds up pretty well as far as a fairly faithful adaption of the Lee/Ditko era comics go, though I could see it beginning to get dated with further viewings in the next few years.
February 15, 2006
One of the best super-hero movies (after Batman)
October 1, 2014
Spiderman gets the Peter Parker side of the story right as well as the romance. However it did not deliver the action that you expect from a superhero picture. Which is a shame because overall I do like this movie. The performances really do make it all the more entertaining: Maguire and Dunst are terrific and William Dafoe is very convincing as both Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin.
December 11, 2014
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man is dark and gritty and revolves on the life Peter Parker as he becomes the superhero to save metropolis.With mesmerizing action scenes,beautiful soundtrack by Danny Elfman and great performances,this movie is definitely one of the good stand alone superhero movies of the Marvel movies.
September 11, 2014
Good start to the Spider Man trilogy. It was kinda like your average superhero movie. It was also pretty forgettable.
November 28, 2014
How do I watch
August 29, 2014
An overall fun comic-book film, Spider-Man is a simply told origin story that adapts the pop culture icon very well. It stars Tobey Maguire in the lead, he does a good job at portraying the nerdy nerd type that Stan Lee originally envisioned back in the 1960s. But that character has adapted over time and Maguire simply doesn't capture the charm of the character that makes Spidey so relatable. Him and Kirsten Dunst also lack the chemistry to keep the interest in the love story. Willem Dafoe plays Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, and he nails it, and makes him one of the most interesting villains on screen. The real highlight of the film is J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, he steals every scene he is in. Director Sam Raimi shows that he knows how to make these characters interesting and can adapt a great story, even with more than a few corny scenes, but this film just set the groundwork for something bigger.
August 8, 2007
Hey anybody remember those really old Sam Raimi Spider-Man films? you know there were three of them and I think they were quite popular at the time. Ah who cares now we have a much better rebooted franchise which isn't exactly the same right? errr yeah, sure.
Yep so we still have these old Raimi films, they won't vanish or anything. But before tossing these old Raimi films into the bin of film oblivion lets discuss how dated and so not cool they are now. So its film one and naturally we get the origins of Spider-Man/Parker and all the various characters around him. Harry Osborn is trying to maintain his company and experiments on himself with their new performance enhancing vapour drug stuff to try and keep the important military contract which is dangling by a thread (oh and he's already building the Glider and special suit combo too for some reason). Low and behold it kinda turns him crazy as an unfortunate side effect even though it does sort of work. From there on out Osborn slowly turns into the Green Goblin and Spider-Man must defeat him whilst protecting his family and friends.
What made me giggle a bit was the fact that Parker goes to this genetics laboratory where he is shown all these genetically enhanced spiders. He of course gets bitten by one of them which has somehow escaped and it leaves a nasty little red mark. Now you'd think he would report that asap really, you've been bitten by a spider in a laboratory full of dangerous arachnids, might die here fella. Nope he goes home feeling ill, once home the bite has now swollen badly and he's feeling pretty ill it seems, time to call the hospit...nope it'll clear up.
After the discovery he can climb walls, leap around like crazy, fight etc...he then gets carried away and goes off across the rooftops like someone who wants to get spotted and exposed. Oh wait he doesn't wanna do that does he, kinda silly thing to do then really. On an honest note I did quite like the origin build up in this film I admit, its done in a nice light-hearted true comicbook fashion that is simply likeable. The effects used to show how he can see fights and things in slow motion works really well without actually having to use all that Zack '300' Snyder tomfoolery. Seeing Parker crawl up walls is an old but neat trick of the eye and its a nice touch to see him in his initial childish homemade outfit getting to grips with his skills. Not too sure how he made his proper outfit though, he just swings into one scene and its there, presumably he made it? how?? looks expensive.
Of course the effects for Parker swinging through the air are now pretty dated looking even though it doesn't seem like a really old film. The CGI is average and ranges from passable to down right awful at times, although the famous Spider-Man outfit makes it look better than it actually is. There is also some nasty use of bluescreen here and there along with some quite cringeworthy comical moments, or should that be attempts. Even the photos of Spider-Man taken by Parker for the 'Daily Bugle' look completely fake which was amusing. It is a comicbook adaptation of course so there is a very limited amount of graphic violence or blood on screen, there are some edgy bits though no doubt but overall its actually handled well and holds that balance just right, in other words this isn't an infantile flick.
The Green Goblin was a hot topic at the time due to the fact it wasn't actually the Green Goblin, it was a man in a suit. I must admit now I think this works OK, at the time I didn't like it and I can see why as you kinda feel cheated (bit like The Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3'). But watching this now I think it was a good move to show Osborn going nuts and developing a split personality, it feels much more realistic and gives much more depth to the character...like did Osborn ever really have control? should Spider-Man tried to save him in the end? etc...The Goblin suit is a touch off visually I gotta say, I think they could of done that a bit better, used some other green tones on there, maybe make his helmet a bit more striking. It did look more like a giant plastic suit for a toy character that some poor sod would be wearing in a mall for advertising purposes, a bit hokey. On the other hand the CGI and prop work for the Glider was fine I think, looked pretty sweet.
The film ticks along just fine really and the cast are likeable fitting their roles well. Maguire is a good Peter Parker no doubt but I still have a hard time thinking he's under the Spider-Man suit, luckily we don't actually see that so it could be anyone and probably is. Dafoe is the best thing in the film by far with his scene stealing scenery chewing performance, not only that but his face is the perfect shape and structure for the Goblin too. When you see the Goblin swoop down you totally believe its Dafoe overacting all the way, I could almost say he saves the film because without a good villain this would have sunk, good CGI effects or not. I love the way he growls and cackles into the mirror with those devilish eyes of his.
The finale is daft I will say it now. How the hell does Parker/Spider-Man manage to hold onto that cable car full of kids with one arm whilst using the other arm to stay clinging to the bridge is beyond me. Its there I also realised that his spider web squirty stuff is also damn strong it seems...really damn strong! The actual final fight between the two main characters is decent enough though showing Spider-Man battered pretty good with blood!
In my personal opinion this is a better film than the recent rebooted version, its a much easier fun going Spider-Man adaptation with more comicbook-esque visuals. There are silly moments and bits that don't work sure, why on earth they stuck Macy Gray in there I don't know because that dates the film badly and her voice is annoying, there are a few Superman-esque shots where Parker rips his shirt to reveal the Spider-Man logo, Sony product placements! and Mary Jane only recognises Parker as Spider-Man by his kiss?! wut?! what about his voice?! The Green Goblin's attacks are also completely inconsistent as one minute he uses bombs and vaporising bombs to kill, the next he throws some whirling blade things when he should of used the bombs that would have worked very effectively. It is certainly pretty cheesy and pantomime-like looking back but hey that's fine, I found myself enjoying this film much more than I recall back in the day and like I said I also enjoyed it much more than the reboot.
November 22, 2014
web slinging fun thats all i gotta say parts can be boring but when u see it all come together you understand its great
November 14, 2014
Spider-Man is fantastic entertainment that delivers fun action and plenty of heart.
November 11, 2014
Maguire should have NEVER been cast as Peter Parker, and to top that horrible casting decision, William Defoe is over the top and cartoonish as the Green Goblin, but his death is quite shocking, shockingly enough.
May 31, 2014
Is it perfect? No, but Spider-Man is still one of the best comic book movies thanks to its talentous leads and the entertaining action scenes
November 3, 2014
Peter Parker as the beloved superhero spiderman is fun and entertaining experience. In spectacular fashion, Raimi launches the modern love of masked crime fighting superheroes. Combining a rich substance of story and character and plenty of heart.
October 14, 2012
The first instalment to the Spider-Man canon. Impressive and entertaining enough, with excellent execution at the hands of Sam Raimi, with the addition of great performances from all cast members, namely Willem Dafoe and Toby McGuire. It is speedily paced, and flows well throughout, with a motivated villain and exhilarating action sequences combined into a very stellar superhero movie. However, perhaps at the fault of the writer, it doesn't quite have the darkness and sentimentality of other superhero movies, such as the Dark Knight series, and could have maybe been shorter to really keep audience members engaged all the way through. Despite this, Spider-Man is a terrific and highly recommended superhero movie, with plenty of action sequences and a bitter villain to sustain it.
November 1, 2014
Took me 8 hours to watch , did fall asleep 5 times , but not the fault of the movie witch was still good enough ! SOMDVD
October 31, 2013
With writing that blends a natural comedy into its dramatic plot, and top-notch stars delivering the lines and action perfectly, Spider-Man stands out as one of the greatest superhero films ever created.
October 31, 2014
One of the best superhero movies I've ever seen with great acting and hilarious dialogue performed by the character of J. Jonah Jameson. The casting's great particularly with the Green Goblin.
October 30, 2014
Spider-man is a beloved marvel character that really is portrayed phenomenal by actor Toby Maguire, joined with a outstaing cast and heart throbbing plot that really shows a superhero film made to the best of it's ability.
October 28, 2014
With good suspense scenes, very action, well acted, not predictable and original, Spider-Man is an advisable movie for everyone.