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
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
Director: Sam Raimi
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