Cons: Dated Special effects, A few overdramatic scenes.
Update (2017)-this movie really set the foundation for homecoming to follow. I just don't like the casting choice of Peter Parker and MJ. The story and feel of the movie is fun though.
Starting with the performance. Obviously, Tobey Maguire is the best one. Everything he does that challenges him as an actor he pulls off phenomenally. Before he becomes spider man, he's a nerd. He does that well. When he gets bit by the radioactive spider, he's suddenly super awesome and beats the crap out of Flash Thompson. When something bad happens to him, you can genuinely feel his sadness. When he's in he Spidey suit, he's a different guy, he's never afraid and kind of funny. And this movie isn't really always about Spider-Man. It's about Peter Parker and his life and experience AS Spidey. And Tobey Maguire pulls it off really, really well. But there are many other note worthy performances in this movie. Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin is amazing. His performance is really terrifying and believable. Kirsten Dunst is also great as the love interest. J.K. Simmons is really funny, and James Franco is a very interesting character - that's about all I can say without spoiling it for you.
Like I said, everything about the execution of this movie is perfect. Director Sam Raimi does an amazing job on this. He really captures the feel that this movie should have. The costume design on Spider-man and Green Goblin is amazing and really ahead of its time. The computer generated things on Spidey and the Green Goblin are also really impressive.
Overall, the 2002 original Spider Man is groundbreaking and original, setting bars for future superhero movies, featuring phenomenal performances, state-of-the-art special effects and amazing costume design, and enough character building in the first and second act and amazing action in the final act. This one is definetly worth watching.
Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia University lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider and overnight he gains superhuman strength, agility, and perception.
After watching "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (which I actually enjoyed), I thought I'd go back and re-watch all the Spider-Man films made since the original. To start off all the films, we start out with the original "Spider-Man" created by Sam Raimi. In all honesty, I didn't love this film. I wouldn't even consider it a great film, but I feel like this is what started the wave of superhero films that we have today.
Let's talk about Toby Maguire's version of Spider-Man. I think he's not the best version, considering Andrew Garfield brought this heavy hitting emotion to the role and Tom Holland brought a fun vibe to it. I think Maguire is fine for the most part. His acting is good but like I said, I don't think he's the most memorable version of Spider-Man to date.
This is a superhero film that feels a lot like a comic book. One thing about Marvel films is that they feel more realistic. The way they're shot and the color grading used is a lot more flat and realistic whereas here, it really is like a comic book on screen. In all honesty, I prefer what Marvel's been doing, or even D.C. (lots of vibrant colors and CGI), as this just felt really cheesy. I think it's necessarily a bad thing. I think it's good to have a mix of comic book films out there. This is just a different type of film, and the best way to describe it is that it's just a comic book on screen.
One thing I really liked about this film was the costumes. Spider-Man's costume here looked really real and the details in his suit were well brought out. I genuinely love his costume and I think the costume design here was really nice. The CGI obviously won't be phenomenal, being 15 years old, but I think it holds up decently.
In the end, the first film was okay. I don't think it was great but it certainly wasn't bad. I think it's a decent start, and we'll see how the rest goes.