Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Toby Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
Studio: Sony Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For stylized violence and action)
That's how the comic book started out, and the first 35 minutes of this movie follows this origin faithfully. Shortly after Peter Parker makes a name for himself as "The Amazing Spider-Man" trouble arises. Peter's best friend Harry Osborn, who is the son of famous scientist Norman Osborn, who is also happens to be the president of Osborn Industries. Norman Osborn's problem is with a new project he's been working on for a long time. His glider suit that he's been developing for the military isn't coming along as well as he would have hoped, and the shareholders are asking for Norman to resign and leave the company he founded. Well this doesn't make Norman happy, and that night he vows to finish the glider suit and prove all the shareholders wrong about him. However that night something goes terribly wrong (as if you were thinking this experiment would be a complete success), and before you know it Norman finds that he has a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde persona all of a sudden. With his new Mr. Hyde persona and a line of highly dangerous weapons at hand, Norman puts on his suit, calls himself the Green Goblin, and goes out in the town to take revenge out on all his enemies. Meanwhile Peter has some problems of his own.
However the show stealer in this movie just happens to be Willem Dafoes portrayal of Norman Osborn. Now as the Green Goblin Dafoe doesn't do anything new or original. After all, anyone can put on a green metal suit and fly around town screaming his head off while throwing bombs. However when Dafoe takes off the makes has a conversation with his alter ego in the mirror, the acting is incredible. He manages to truly create two different characters, with two different personalities, but using only one body. I know it sounds strange, but Dafoes acting is so good in these scene's that it makes some of the other actors look like a bunch of chimps in comparison. It may also be worthy to note that this movies special effects were also nominated for some Oscar's, and while the CGI Spider-Man sometimes looks a little too much like a cartoon it's still great stuff. Overall the secret behind this movies success was not because it was very original or breath taking. No, it's successful because it's just plain fun. "Spider-Man" has just the right amount of comedy, action, and drama to keep the movie moving along at a nice smooth pace while still being very entertaining. Here's hoping "Spider-Man 2" is just as good as this one.
Parents, there are a couple strong curse words, but no sexual content and the violence is very stylized. Recommended for ages 8 and up.