Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James
Franco, J.K. Simmons, Cliff Richardson, Rosemarie Harris, Bruce
Campbell, and Randy Poffo
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Willem DaFoe Interview
Super Bit Series version is now available! How apropos no? This
Spider-Man dvd offers a sharper, more brilliant picture, a DTS
soundtrack, and--unusual for a Superbit release--a brand-new extra,
a commentary track by mega- adorable Tobey Maguire is genuinely
informative - like he's chatting with friends while watching the
work at his home. He's joined by J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah
Jameson, the newspaper barker. They love the film - not just because
it made them both household images - because of the energy and
effort that went in to making the film right for fans and "regular"
audiences alike. Get behind the scenes and bath in the film's
beauty again. The film is available both as "regular"
dvd and the Super Bit. The difference is in the graphics. If you're
mad for visuals? Look for the trademark silver packaging when
ordering becauise Super Bit is the cleanest visuals you can endulge
in. This is truly a treasure
since the first Batman has a film captured the essence of a comic
book hero so completely! Tobey Maguire was perfect as the geeky
yet attractive Peter Parker who is transformed via a genetically
engineered super spider's bite into Spider-Man! Finally an awesome
super hero comic book adaptation worth all your bubblegum money!
Willem Dafoe is great as the Green Goblin! As Spider-Man's maniacal
arch-nemsis he expells each poisonous syllable with a venom rarely
seen these days!
meet Peter (Tobey Maguire) as his school bus and its gang of less-than-kind
teens is racing down the street. Peter running along, beside,
begging for it to stop and retrieve him. The students laugh and
Well, all but one, Mary Jane aka M.J. (Kirsten Dunst). She demands
the bus stop for Peter the Meek. It does and he awkwardly boards
to snickers and gaffaws and joins.
now in tow, the class heads to their field trip. It's a funfilled
day of captive arachnids being tested on within glass cages. Yippee.
What's this? One is missing? One of the "altered" super
spiders has escaped? Yep,
and it's about to give Peter a bite that will change his
sad sap life forever! (<- insert dramatic soap opera-esque
organ here please)
is bitten by the fancy spider and feels just icky. When he gets
home he crawls into his bed. His loving aunt and uncle (Rosemarie
Harris and Cliff Robertson) are concerned about the boy. He's
just not himself...
next morning well, things have changed for Peter, he's literally
not himself; his old geeky featherweight self. He's changed in
ways he could have only read about in say a Marvel Comic or something.
into the new him. He plays with his odd new powers (as we all
giggle and smile knowingly) and is warned by his wise old uncle
"with great power comes great responsibility." You could
hear the goose bumps popping among the die-hard Spidey fans. Here
the same time as Peter is spinning his web and loving it
best friend Harry's (James Franco) dad Norman Osborn ( Willem
DaFoe), the leading supplier of neato keen gadgets to the U.S.
government is about to lose his funding if he can't get his body
enhancing formula to work on a human. "They need more time,"
Norm's warned by his scientists. No way! He will test the stuff
on himself and win that funding!
the side effects sir! They included violence and insanity on the
lab rats!" Rats schmats! Norman figures no guts-no funding
and heads himself into the gas chamber to be infused with the
body enhancing formula. He
enters an egotistical impatient tycoon; he exits a maniacal arch
nemesis-to-be of Spider-Man, The Green Goblin!
Spider-Man starts to avenge bad doers, The Green Goblin starts
to revenge and do bad! Oh, this is just getting super man! The
special effects and the witty story commingle for one of the "funnest"
films I've ever seen!
film even captured Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson correctly
thanks to actor J.K.Simmons. Though the paper scenes are few they
hold some of the heartiest laughs thanks to the precise comic
timing of J.K. Simmons.
Dunst was perfect as Peter's long time love Mary Jane, M.J.. She
was oblivious to the guy - who lived next door since she was six
- but all works out in the end
DaFoe is a naturally creepy guy. His version of Dracula in Shadow
of a Vampire is sill up in the top three of all time best
vamps! As the notorious Green Goblin his inner creep shines brightly
through. Willem's super cool in a twisted kookie kind of way and
I can't think of anyone better "suited" for the role.
I'm warning ya though, the younger youngin' may need years of
therapy after they watch this character! He's a tad vicious, there's
no fluffy edge.
Maguire was simply adorable as Peter Parker. He has that quirkiness
that makes him as seem sweet as hot yummy apple pie. You'd probably
faint if you heard him say the "F" word, if you know
what I mean. Yet throw the little studmuffin into those tight
figure fitting tights and fling him around a few buildings by
a little webmagic and even Tobey looks like a big burly manly
Director Sam Raimi united the CGI effects and his wonder cast
seamlessly. The film's whole imagery was quite believable and
truly transported us into Peter's world. Spider-Man
scribes Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, have a world of loyal legions
akin to The Lord of the Rings' following. I sat spun in within
these folks, in their web, awaiting their responses
this film got the fly! A big juicy harvest time fly!
Do yourself a favor, get out NOW for this fantastic flick! It's
Succulent Gnats and Bubbly Bees.