my first crack at a film review.
I thought the film, as a whole was very good,
the story was fairly close to the original comics
that I used to read when younger.
It had a nice plot, not too convoluted but
not too shallow either.
Peter Parkers discovery of his abilities was
amusing and served a counterpoint to his Uncle
dying. The realization that he could have prevented his Uncles death
and therefore his passion for later on saving lives,
his supposed ‘responsibilities’ was well thought
out and I thought acted.
downsides to the movie from m point of view were the
Green Goblin; in the comics, he actually looks like
that all the time. Whereas the film gave him the
ability to look normal as well, although the split
personality idea was very nice and more suitable
that the original idea, but I can see purists having
a problem with that.
The second problem I had was with the web
slinging that Spiderman does, in the comics the webs
came from a device invented by Peter, although the
film interpretation was also an improvement on the
original comic idea.
all if Peter could develop a spider-sense and
strength and wall climbing, then why not the ability
to sling webs, although it could have been amusing
to see him sling them from his butt, like real
spiders! The last problem was the computer
generated fight scenes, these look a little to fake
and could have worked a little better maybe with
wire work or more live action stuff, but this is a
a good movie, and adaptation from the original
material, I gave the film 4 out of 5 stars.
Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Willem Dafoe
as Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson,
James Franco as Harry Osborn, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson,
Michael Papajohn as The Burglar, Randy Poffo as Bone Saw McGraw,
Joe Manganiello as Eugene 'Flash' Thompson, Rosemary Harris
as Aunt May, Ted Raimi as Hoffman, Cliff Robertson
as Uncle Ben Parker, Bill Nunn as Joe 'Robbie' Robertson,
Bruce Campbell (I) as Ring Announcer Stan Lee
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Peter Appel as Taxi Cab Driver, Joni Avery as Cop #2,
Rick Avery as Cop #3, Elizabeth Banks (II) as Betty Brant,
Jayce Bartok as Street Performer, Amy Beth Bennett
as Cat Burglar, Brian Bennett (V) as Door Man #1, Alex Black
Jophery C. Brown as Chef #1,
Samantha Brown (II) as 47th Street Burglar, Jacob Chambers
as Cop #8, Jillian Clare as Girl #2 in Tram, Chris Coppola
as Kyle, Chandra De Alessandro as Cop #5, Mark De Alessandro
as Cop #4, Richard C. Everbeck as Eddie Brock, Jeanie Fox
as New Yorker #4, Al Goto as Cop #1, Macy Gray as Herself,
Shane Habberstad as Little Billy, Randy Hall as Cop #7,
Rance Howard as Man in Street, Kevin Jackson (I) as Bell Man #1,
Loren Janes as Board of Directors Member, Kolby Kirk
as Festival Guest #1, Erik Kleven as Chef #2, Brendan Morante
as Man in Street, Justin Neill as Flash Thompson's Crony #2,
Debra Orenstein as Doctor #1,
Gary Otto as New Yorker #2, Jason Padgett (I) as Crony,
Scott L. Schwartz as Wrestler,
Robair Sims as Bell Man #2, Lindsay Neel Thompson as
M.J.'s Friend #2, Deborah Wakeham (I) as Billy's Mom.
Stan Lee (comic book) and
Steve Ditko (comic book)
Tagline:- With great power comes great responsibility.
Film Review by
E G Lyon-Taylor.