Monday, 9 July 2012

Spider-Man Review


Release Date: 6th June 2002 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures Corporation (presents)
Marvel Enterprises
Laura Ziskin Productions

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 121 minutes

Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $821,708,551

Plot Summary
Average teenager Peter
Parker is transformed
into an extraordinary
super hero after he is
accidentally bitten by a
radioactive spider.
When his beloved uncle
is savagely murdered
during a robbery, young
Peter vows to use his
powers to avenge his
death. Deeming himself
"Spider-Man" he sets
about ridding the streets
of crime, bringing him
into conflict with
malevolent super-villain,
the "Green Goblin."

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker/
Willem Dafoe - Norman Osborn/
Green Goblin
Kristen Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson - Ben Parker
Rosemary Harris - May Parker
J. K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello - Flash Thompson
Bill Nunn - Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Michael Papajohn - Carjacker
Elizabeth Banks - Betty Brant
Ron Perkins - Dr. Stromm
Randy Savage - Bonesaw McGraw
Ted Raimi - Hoffman
Bruce Campbell - Announcer (Cameo)

Director - Sam Raimi
Based on Marvel Comic Book
"The Amazing Spider-Man"/
Executive Producer/Consultant - Stan Lee
Based on Marvel Comic Book
"The Amazing Spider-Man" -
Steve Ditko
Screenplay - David Koepp
Executive Producer - Avi Arad
Producers - Ian Bryce & Laura
Co-Producer - Grant Curtis
Production Designer - Neil Spisak
Costume Designer - James Acheson
Director of Photography - Don Burgess
Fight Cheorography - Chuck Jeffreys
Second Unit Director (Uncredited)/Stunt Coordinator -
Jeff Habberstad
Special Effects Supervisor - John Fraizer
Visual Effects Designer - John Dykstra
Visual Effects Supervisors - Brad Kuehn &
Scott Stokdyk
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Karen E. Goulekas
Animation Director: SPI - Anthony LaMolinara
Film Editors - Arthur Coburn &
Bob Murawski
Music - Danny Elfman


2003 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell
& Ed Novick (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk,
Anthony LaMolinara & John Fraizer (Nominated)

Extremely faithful to the Marvel comic book series, the 2002 adaptation of SPIDER-MAN may seem like a great superhero movie but by my standards, it is good but not excellent. The film of it was sometimes heartwarming and funny, but at least it stayed true to the comic book fans. While Tobey was a good pick for Spider Man, I don't really think his acting was a stand-out performance and Willem Dafoe did a perfecto performance as Green Goblin which really intrigues the viewers. The effects were a little bit dated and this is definitely a noticeable disadvantage for a movie which relies heavily on good quality CGI and special effects.

SPIDER-MAN was action packed, an entertaining start of the trilogy and certainly worth adding to your collection. Look forward to seeing the reboot of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN which I will be reviewing and have high hopes for this film.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. This is one my personal favorites, although I liked Spider-Man 2 even better. Hopefully The Amazing Spider-Man will be as good as it looks.