• 2002
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, JK Simmons

A big budget blockbuster based on a best-selling superhero comic book - you'd be right to expect spectacular effects and bland storytelling in a flashy but ultimately dull film. 'Spider-Man', by contrast, is a delightfully unexpected mix of spectacle and engrossing human drama. It's surprising that Raimi, who made his name with the highly stylised genre pastiche ('The Evil Dead') should focus so much on character. The cast acquit themselves well, although Dafoe hams up the villainy. But Raimi's lead, Tobey Maguire, brings just the right amount of knowing humour to Parker/Spidey, which is emblematic of Raimi's whole, winning approach to the film.

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