Hello True believers,
This is your boy MDCFAN101 here to give you guys a series of 3 special movie reviews here on the thread. Starting today, I will reviewing a trilogy, a very special trilogy that I've held near and dear to my heart since I was a 7 year old boy. A trilogy that made me the Spider-Man fan that I am today. Ladies and Gentlemen, starting today I am going to be reviewing Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Before I begin though, I want to remind everyone that these reviews are solely based on my opinion and my opinion alone. For those of you don't know what an opinion is especially you low-life trolls out there, here is the definition of an opinion: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, on the reviews starting with the first Spider-Man movie from 2002.
Spider-Man (2002) - Review
The story is excellent. It is well written, well detailed, and well structured. I like the fact that the story incorporates elements from the comics, especially the mainstream Spider-Man comics.
The acting throughout the film is sensational. You have Cliff Robertson & Rosemary Harris as Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant, Bruce Campbell as the wrestling ring/arena announcer, "Macho Man" Randy Savage as Bone Saw McGraw, Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson, and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. However, the stars of the film, at least for me, are Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. I'll start with Mr. Willem Dafoe. This man owned every minute of screen time he was in. He portrayed the character so well, it was as if he took the character right from the comics and brought him to life on the big screen. As for Tobey Maguire, I realize now that after immersing myself with so much of the Spider-Man mythos over the years, that while no exactly perfect, he still does a great job in portraying the character, especially as Peter Parker. Even as a more experienced Spider-Man fan, I still hold his portrayal of Spidey near and dear to my heart. As much as I love Tom Holland's MCU Spider-Man, I will always love Tobey Maguire's Raimiverse Spider-Man even more because his portrayal of the character in this trilogy, especially in this film, got me into the Spider-Man character.
Sam Raimi's direction. Sam Raimi did an excellent job in directing this film throughout it's production. You can tell he really understood not only the character of Spider-Man, but more importantly the world of Spider-Man as well. He really honored the character of Spider-Man very well in the film.
The overall bright, colorful, and cheerful tone. Superhero movies nowadays tend to be more dark, gritty, gloomy, and sad. While I generally don't mind that, not all superhero movies have to be dark to be good and successful. I'd say that this film and Shazam! are good examples of that. Sam Raimi really understood that while making this film. Plus, it really fits the character of Spider-Man. Why? Because Spider-Man overall is a bright and colorful character despite going through some dark moments in his life.
The CGI, visuals, special effects, and sound effects are still to this day top notch quality.
Danny Elfman's score. Danny Elfman's score is still to this day catchy and awesome. What can I say, I still love it.
While some Spider-Man fans had a problem with this, I on the other hand did not. I loved the fact that Sam Raimi gave Spider-Man organic webbing in this universe. First, it makes sense. If an individual was to gain the abilities of a spider, that person should be able to spin webs. Second, it feels more realistic. Third and final, I think it adds something new, unique, interesting, and original to the Spider-Man mythos. Don't get me wrong, I love the wrist mounted web-shooters. They are without a doubt in my mind one of the greatest superhero gadgets/weapons of all time. They do an excellent job in showcasing Peter's creativity, ingenuity, and his genius-level intellect. However, Peter having organic webs just makes more sense for me is all.
The action and fight sequences. They are absolutely amazing and extremely well choreographed.
The problems I have with this movie are mostly just little things here and there. What I mean is, there were some things I felt were rushed and underdeveloped. Other than that, this film is a masterpiece.
Overall: Spider-Man (2002) is IMO an absolute classic and one of the best superhero movies of all time.