VIDEO: Spider-Man (2002)

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The Suspect celebrates one of the last superhero franchises made prior to the current grim/dark trend of comic adaptations: It’s Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst! Suspect praises the first film for finally giving us a convincing live-action Spider-Man, while also pointing out just how insanely stupid it gets.

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  • StevePotter

    The implication that any story worth telling is all about a girl really bugs me on a level I can’t even fathom. I guess RoboCop isn’t worth telling then?!

    • Sofie Liv

      Njah, that’s not persay the things that annoys me that “A girl” should be in it.

      More the implication that any story worth telling HAS to do with romantic love, that’s just.. pff, yeah, there’s no moral stories, nothing to grasp unto beyond romantic love is there?

      A story of Frankenstein a man that created a monster and had to face the consequences.
      Any Sherlock Holmes story where themes of revenge often plays a part
      Pans Labyrinth about a young girl using fairy-tales to try and escape a brutal world.. nope, worth nothing, because romantic love aint the main focus. (and I put a big empathis on “romantic love” here as I believe there is a difference between that and love-love, which is some-thing I believe in and stand behind.)

      Also, funny review as usually suspect, I really enjoy these! :)

    • Muthsarah

      Well, it’s a lovelorn high schooler making that pithy claim, not the filmmakers.  Peter’s twitterpated, so I think it stands to reason that he can’t imagine anything in life being worthwhile unless Mary Jane is somehow involved.  Just be glad we didn’t have to hear any of his poetry.

  • I was about to make light of that glorious belch you put in but you beat me to it when you referenced another scene from Recess: School’s Out. What do you think of it Suspect? I thought it was great fun. The cast was all there, James Woods was great as the villain (he seemed to have a trend of being the voice of the bad guy in family movies for a bit with this, Hercules and Stuart Little 2) and Miss Finster quoting Pink Floyd was just plain awesome.

    This Spiderman was fun too. Silly for sure, but fun nontheless. Also, Sam Raimi really likes to play his Campbell card a lot doesn’t he? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. More chin for us. He was Elvis (a shit eater?) meets Michael Buffer in this Spidey film, the most insistent usher in the second and as Mike Nelson put it: “It’s John Cleese doing a French Bruce Campbell doing Steve Martin doing Peter Sellers” in the third. He was even the tutorial announcer in the Spiderman games. That’s a whole other Bruce-ploitation right there. Always a laugh to be had with your reviews Suspect and always a shot to be at Nickelback.

    • The_Unusual_Suspect

      Love ‘Recess: School’s Out’, it was one of those films I had the VHS for and I watched it religiously. James Woods was brilliant and it just took what the show did and made it bigger. I would review it actually, but I doubt that many people have seen it. It’s more for people who loved the show anyway, something else I couldn’t get enough of as a kid :D

      • Quite a number of films reviewed on here are ones not a lot of people have heard of. Sure it may be a bit more obscure than the movies you’ve done videos on, but as long as you present it in an entertaining way, I’m sure it’ll go down well. Personally, I’d love it if you reviewed it, but it’s up to you.

  • edharris1178

    Good review, of the three Raimi films this is the best.  It’s not as insufferably slow as the second or as stupid as the third.

    • Thomas Stockel

       Agreed that it is a good review and that the film is the best of the three.  God, that third one… :/

  • Phazer8472

    I don’t see the cluster of Avengers films being *that* much darker than this, really. I mean, look at Iron Man’s wisecracking. Look at how gee-willackers optimistic Captain America gets.

    On the other hand, Willem Defoe’s Green Goblin is ridiculous but I’m pretty sure the movie still expects you to take him and the drama surrounding Harry seriously. The “finish it!” scene is *supposed* to be genuinely terrifying as far as I can tell.

  • I love me the Raimi Spider-man films.  The first two are classics, with the second being the greatest superhero film ever made.  It’s only possible rival is The Avengers, and even then it’s a close call.  The third one’s incredibly flawed, but I still had a good time with it.

    • Voraz87

      Well, as a long time comic book reader, I’ve got to respectfully disagree. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies are the most goofy piece of crap ever made. Marvel’s The Avengers is the best Super-Hero movie ever made, with only the Dark Knight ever even coming close. Other super-hero movies better than any of Raimi’s are: X-men 1 and 2, X-men First Class, Iron Man 1 and 2, Kickass, Watchmen, Captain America, any Batman movie not made by Joe Schumacher, Blade and… I probably could go on if I stretched the memory.

      I hate Maguire’s stupid faces, the bastardization of the Green Goblin (oh, and that suit!), Mary Jane as Parker’s first love as opposed to Gwen, Dr. Octopus being ‘mind controlled’ instead of insane, the overall bad performances… but what REALLY bugs me is the freaking tone. The new ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ movie by Mark Webb is by all means not perfect, but at least it doesn’t insults the character’s mythology with its silliness like the first trilogy did. Stupid kid’s movie.

      • I’m a long time comic book reader as well, good sir and I found Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-man” to be a huge insult. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.