Directed by Sam Raimi
Spider-Man is actually a love story. Yeah, I know. He’s really a superhero and this is his origin story. But that’s not only what I saw as I watched this for the second time around. All of his motives were driven by love. This has always been a move I recall enjoying. Now that I’ve watched it a second time for my Movie Project, nearly twenty years later, I know this is why.
This movie was produced before they started breaking out every big storyline into two and three parts. It moved along at a very fast clip and we went from “what a nerd” to “the event that changed everything” to “self discovery” to “crystallization of motive” to “fighting the bad guy” in rapid succession. This is a typical superhero movie – and probably set the bar for all those to come. It was popular enough they made two additional sequels.
As my husband and I were watching, I kept saying “I don’t remember this part at all!” Goes to show how memories fade over time and details start to get left out. In many ways, this was like a new movie to me.
What I Liked
The special effects and CGI in this were extremely well executed, especially considering how long ago it was made. It felt seamless to me, albeit the movements sometimes felt a little too speedy and unnatural.
The emotional pull this one gave me was just as strong this time as it was 20 years ago. I cried at the sad part and swooned when that magical kiss happened. At the end, I was heartbroken – and was left wanting more story. This movie experience was thoroughly enjoyable for me.
I love that it’s a love story too. Peter Parker’s moral code locked into place when his uncle dies. He saves MJ over and over – because he loves her. Peter protects his aunt out of love. Spider-Man treats his enemy’s death with dignity and grace out of love for his best friend. This is one super superhero who I can get behind and won’t mind my kids watching.
What I Didn’t Like
Part of the enjoyment in an origin story is watching how the character responds to his new skill set. The segment of Spider-Man, between the bite and the embracing of his amazing new powers seemed much too short for me with very little comedy. Additionally, as the final credits rolled, I realized I really missed some of the plot development. It just all moved along so fast! Overall though, there’s very little I didn’t enjoy about this movie.
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