See Spiderman "the movie," it rocks. I mean it really
rocks. I saw it twice this past weekend, once with my friend,
once with my parents, and I'll probably see it again before Star
Wars comes out. Am I crazy? Maybe? I know my wallet is a little
anyone who knows me well, knows that firstly, I don't
care to go to movies that often. So when I see a movie twice in
a weekend, it gotta be good.
So what makes it rock? Without spoiling it for everyone
it's seamless. To start, the characters are three-dimensional.
Toby Mcguire does an incredible job at playing Peter Parker. His
interpretation of a shy, very human superhero, makes us feel so
sorry for Spiderman that we immediately adhere to him. Kirsten
Dunst is dead on at playing Mary Jane, the internally emotionally
traumatized girl that shields her true feelings with a fake smile.
Every story needs a great villain, and the performance by Willem
Dofoe as the Green Goblin was very convincing. The Green Goblin
also had the elements of a three-dimensional character: he's an
evil loving father who wants nothing but the best for his son,
but needs to kill Spiderman, who just happens to be his son's
best friend. How's that for inner conflict. When's the last time
a villain in any action adventure movie had that much inner conflict?
Fast forward to the computer animation. Simply amazing. A combination
of Sam Reis signature style of camera whips mixed very well with
the action scenes! And from the looks of it, I think Sam has clearly
taken advantage of the new 3D panning systems that computers can
now create. Watch the movie, you'll know what I mean. My hats
off to the cinematographers, those who sit behind the lense and
in front of the computer.
Now I know you probably read Roger Eberts review on Spiderman
and how he bashes the computer graphics in here. He says something
along the lines of the computer animation looking unrealistic
and unbelievable. His main problem is that no human can possibly
swing through the air like Spiderman. Look, I have the utmost
respect for Mr. Ebert, he really gave me some sound advice when
I was an aspiring screenwriter. But he's way off on this one.
Ease up Roger, Spiderman is a spider - man. He's superhuman! I
had no problem with the computer graphics and actually was at
a sense of awe
I literally said
"That was cool."
To see a man swing from building to building was just incredible.
I got the same feeling that I got when I first saw Jurassic Park.
That same "awe feeling." Again, go see the movie, you'll
see what I'm talking about.
As a former screenwriter, and I note
professional not aspiring,
I can also attest that this script is probably one of the most
tightly written scripts out there on the market today. Aspiring
screenwriters, movie directors, actors and actresses, you will
not find a better action/adventure script in the movie theater
at the time. This movie has everything, from 3D characters, conflict,
all the elements of foreshadowing, comic relief, tight dialogue,
a unique love story,
there are no gimmicks here. Again,
this is a very tightly written script
The final test to justify my claim that Spiderman is one of the
greatest movies this year is that my dad did not fall asleep!
Usually I get a snore or a half open eye before I elbow him to
wake up. But he stayed up and told me after the movie, "Hey,
that was pretty good."
Five stars out of four. Spiderman rocks.