Based on Marvel Comics’ superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can’t confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is “miserable” is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him… and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist … but the fun isn’t going to last. An eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn administers a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take Green Goblin to the task… or else Goblin will kill him. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end. —IMDb
Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Raimi became fascinated with making films when his father brought a movie camera home one day and he began to make Super 8 movies with childhood friend Bruce Campbell. In college, he teamed up with his brother’s roommate Robert Tapert and Campbell to shoot Within the Woods (1978), a 32-minute horror film which raised $350,000, as well as the short comedic film It’s Murder!. Through family, friends, and a network of investors Raimi was able to finance production of the highly successful horror film The Evil Dead (1981) which became a cult hit and effectively… read more
Rewatching this over a decade later, I'm reminded of why I loved superhero movies as a child and why I've since distanced myself from them. Unlike a lot of what came in its wake, Spider-Man is gleeful yet not smugly self satisfied, interested in its characters and their trials and emotions without reveling in angst or depression, and most importantly, bright, colourful and fun . Can't wait to revisit the sequel.
There's a warmth here that I miss in the blockbusters of today. Each cast member has impeccable chemistry with one another. Raimi's manic sense of humor, his colorful cross dissolves and transitions feel perfectly suited for the content. The juxtaposition of Osborne's military-corporate oligarchy with Parker's struggles to land on his feet after H.S. feel especially poignant today.