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Sam Raimi gives it all a bright, airy, kinetic feel, with wonderful aerial stuff as Spider-Man escapes from his troubles by swinging between skyscrapers, and the rethink of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's origin story is managed with a canny mix of faithfulness (JK Simmons' as the crass editor JJ Jameson is the image of the comic character) and send-up (after a big introduction, Spider-Man finally appears in a really rubbish first attempt at a spider costume). Maguire and the impossibly sweet Dunst make it work as a hesitant teen romance, but somehow the second half, which brings on the villain to give the hero someone to fight, is only exciting when it wants to be affecting too. --Kim Newman
On the DVD: Spider-Man's two-disc offering is nothing out of the ordinary, but fans will find some gems here including Stan Lee's thoughts, a gallery of comic cover art and profiles on the baddies. The two commentaries (cast and crew, and Special Effects) both have long periods with pauses, but the special effects guys are full of insight. The DVD-ROM section offers some of the more exciting features, including three comics transferred onto your computer, page by page, although be aware that the "Film to Comic" comparison is not for the original but for the new comic of the film. As you would expect from a blockbuster superhero film, the sound and vision are immaculate. --Nikki Disney
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And the Green Goblin is an amazing baddie! I thought he looked like some reject robot or something from photo's I'd seen in magazines, but when you see him in the film, and his voice, it's just perfect, and he comes out with some amazing villain phrases! You really can tell that Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, really did go to every extent to make sure that this film was as perfect as it should be with his involvement in the production of this film.
Okay, there are some really cheesy moments (the scene when all the New Yorkers throw stuff is the worst - you'll know what I mean when you see it, and they had the chance to kill Macy Gray - what a wasted opportunity), but the rest of the film is fabulous. I really wanted to hate this film, but I just couldn't help but love it!
What a waste of money!
If you have the 2 disc version don't buy this, it's not worth it. If not then definitely buy it. The movie is great and the extras fantastic, but as mentioned in other reviews the shoddily packaged additional disc just cheapens the whole thing.
I was extremely disappointed to discover the third disc was a cheap cardboard sleeve dumped in the packaging of the 2 disc DVD released earlier and which I already had.
I feel sorry for parents who had to buy it for their kids thinking they were getting something extra.
The Spider-Man 2 section is just a bunch of on the set interviews and stuff already seen on the trailers. Nothing new was added.
As I've said if you have the 2 disc version don't buy this, if not what are you waiting for? It's a must-see movie!!!
Wow, was I wrong. I have two children 9 and 7 and sat back with them expecting to fall asleep within 10 minutes. Instead, the film gripped me from start to finish - it had everything. A decent storyline - 'gimpy kid gets bitten by super spider and turns into a genuine everyday super hero' plus a great villian played by the ever excellent Willen Dafoe.
And as for the effects. - STUNNING. The fight scenes with the Green Goblin are amazing. Spideman's costume is a work of art too - and this alone, in my mind at least, elevates it above the likes of Batman and Superman.
This is one of those rare films that manages to please the entire family. I'd be quite happy to sit back and watch it again with the kids or indeed on my own.
Something for all ages and sets the standard for which similar films will be judged.
What really drew me to this movie was the emotions and struggles it puts the characters through. Peter is forever longing to be noticed by Mary Jane, and his sudden transformation doesn't turn her eye. Yet he's also aware that keeping who he has become a secret is highly important to the safety of his friends and family. That last scene was dynamite! I also enjoyed the Jekyll/Hyde relationship that Norman had with the Green Goblin. That was filmed and written well, making the villain slightly sympathetic himself. The actors do a wonderful job of drawing me in and making me care for the characters. Much like the real world, not everything gets resolved easily, and this movie certainly left me wanting to know more.
The DVD set is wonderful as well. The film is preserved with clear picture and sound. The commentaries are interesting and there are loads of behind the scenes things to go through. I'm not that familiar with the Spider-Man comics, so I found the sections on the character especially fascinating as well.
This movie tempers its action with wonderful heart, making it a truly likeable film. Movies don't get much better then this.