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Film Review - Spiderman
Am I getting too old for movies, or do they just suck more?
Spiderman promises more than it gives. It says it's an action-packed summer blockbuster. It's really extremely slow for this type of film. There are sections where the story and the action have ground to a halt. It was as much as I could do to not scream, "Get on with it!" I'm amazed at how much repeat business this film is getting. You would think the average teenager would have an even shorter attention span than myself.
So the lame story is that Peter Parker is bit by a spider which changes his DNA. Parker then starts to take on spider traits. He can climb walls and stick to the ceiling. He can spin webs. (Dare I say he ejaculates them? He is a teenager isn't he?)
Meanwhile, Peter's best friend's father is doing biological experiments on himself. (Everyone needs a hobby!) He turns himself into a Jeckle and Hyde character. Spiderman soon gets in Hyde's way. So the two mutants duke it out.
Kirsten Dunst plays the female interest. She's really the best friend's girlfriend, but she soon falls for Spiderman. Funniest bit in the movie is where Dunst's character, who wants to be an actress, is told by a Soap Opera casting director than she needs acting lessons. In this film Dunst needs the lessons, she's complete cardboard. And while we're at it, she looks too old to be playing an 18 year old.
Tobey Maguire is alright as Parker, but Willem Dafoe has the Jeckel and Hyde "Green Goblin" character is the only glue holding this film together.
This is a mediocre film. It could have been better, and maybe even likeable if the editor had tightened it up a bit.
Directed by David Koepp
Released in 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo