"Captain America: Civil War" will be coming out in less than a month and while everyone is excited about Captain America and Iron Man going head-to-head, I'm excited about the third reboot of Spider-Man. So in honor of that excitement, I've decided to go back to the beginning and review the three "Spider-Man" movies that were all directed by Sam Raimi. Starting with the first one that was released in 2002.
I grew up watching "Spider-Man" and was in love with it to a point that I gathered my friends on my eighth birthday and forced them to re-create "Spider-Man" into our own home-made film. Do not take the word "forced" lightly. I'm sure they wanted nothing to do with my dorky craziness.
The point is that the movie made me want to be a superhero, so even when I watch it at the age of 21-years-old, I still get the goosebumps that bring me back to remembering why Spider-Man is my favorite superhero. Unfortunately, I also notice all of the silly things that I never noticed when I was growing up.
It was 2002 when this film was released, and it was truly one of the first live-action superhero movies that started today's trend of Marvel and DC movies that take pride in its action, drama and villain to hero chemistry. After 2002, we received movies like, "Daredevil", "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", "Hulk", "Catwoman", "Hellboy", and "Batman Begins." While maybe some of those films are terrible examples of good superhero movies, I think we can still agree that "Spider-Man" definitely paved the way for today's success in the Marvel and kind-of-DC's cinematic universe.
The industry has learned a lot from the past ten years, but "Spider-Man" succeeded in certain aspects that superhero movies still get wrong. Sure, it's corny as hell, but Raimi made "Spider-Man" into a superhero movie. He didn't try to hide the superhero aspect by making the movie feel realistic, Raimi knew what the movie could be and that's exactly what he made it into. It wasn't overly done, or taken too seriously, it was done correctly, which is what makes "Spider-Man" into a classic.
I don't know, maybe it's just the kid in me trying to protect the film that I loved so much, but even when I watch it today from a critical point of view, I still see greatness within the film. The action sequences, James Franco, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, and the spidey suit were all fantastic parts of the film. Now while I may stick up for the film, I will admit that there are some problems with it...
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