Sunday, June 30, 2002

Another Spiderman Review

Rating: 3.5 of 5

I really did like this movie, for the most part. This was quite a different perspective on the psychology of the super-hero and the villain, with some nifty perspective special effects (the fight between Peter Parker and Flash, for instance). The plot line was pretty good, albeit predictable. Exceptions: the carjacking after the wrestling events and the big choice Spiderman has to make near the end were unexpected and delightful.

Yet there was something lacking. I can't really put my finger on it. The addition of something could have pushed this to the next level and made this a truly fantastic movie. Maybe the persona of Harry could have been developed a little more. Yes, we know he turns into a sour ungrateful fellow as time goes on, but his psychology is perhaps not as well explored as it should be. After all, he is more important to the overall storyline than his father.

The acting was above average. Toby Maguire did a fine job as Peter Parker. Willem Dafoe did quite well as the Green Goblin. He certainly shined in the arguments between the scientist and the Goblin. Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane very well, but I didn't feel she gave it her all.

I recommend this movie on the big screen, because it has some elements that must be experienced in that way. (The Spider's perspective on swinging between buildings, for instance.) The sensitive person should perhaps beware some of the violent scenes, although it is "fake violence."