I went to see this on opening day. On a friday. At 2:30 in the afternoon.
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I have no life whatsoever.
This is not to say that it wasn't worth my time- it was. And a good thing, too, because this is a LONG movie. With previews and everything, it tops out at just over 2 1/2 hours, which is approaching Lord of the Rings Bathroom Break length.
The shtick is fairly classic- anyone with any knowledge of Spiderman will probably recognize it. Peter Parker, the geeky, walk-all-over-me high school newspaper photographer, is bitten one day by a new genetically engineered species of spider. He becomes very ill, and goes to bed. The next day, he wakes up with perfect eyes (no more glasses), muscles where none were the night before, reflexes that approach precognition, precognition (spider sense tingling!), and some serious speed. Nor is that all. He can now climb walls, leap tall buildings (I couldn't resist), and project sticky, tensile webs from his wrists. After his uncle is killed by a criminal he could've stopped, Parker takes it upon himself to use his abilites to help the people of New York. Soon enough, however, he encounters the strange and sadistic character dubbed 'The Green Goblin' by local newspapers. The Goblin is the perfect comic-book-style villain. He has no motive, no purpose, and no morals. His excuse? He's insane. Completely, bouncing-off-the-walls, throwing-out-bad-one-liners insane. And he works. So, naturally, between winning the girl of his dreams, taking care of his aunt, and attending college (boggle), Parker and The Goblin end up duking it out across the streets of New York. Hilarity ensues.
To be completely honest, this is very likely the single best treatment a comic book character has ever recieved when translated into movie form (the only possible exception being The Maxx, which doesn't quite count). All the elements that made the original 'Amazing Spiderman' comic books so readable is here, with the 21st century flair that only CGI can give. And it's important to remember this, too, because the New York pictured here is not the New York you'll find if you take the 8am flight up north. This is the world of the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk (whose own movie comes out next summer), and those family favourites, the X-Men. Try to bear this in mind before getting all incredulous about the plot.
Spider-Man gets 8 out of 10 stars. It's good, rollicking fun for kids (who will love the stunts), adults (who will be amazed that their kids can sit still for so long), and comic-book fans (who will appreciate the attention to detail). Oh, and the score is done by Danny Elfman. DANNY ELFMAN. I'd watch curdling milk if it had a score by Danny Elfman.
Best Scene: The school fight. Wouldn't we all have liked to do that to the high school bully?
Most Memorable Line: "The Human Spider? Is that it? That sucks!" (voiced by none other than Bruce Campbell, of Evil Dead fame).
Things That Make You Go 'Huh'?: Wasn't the Green Goblin originally more...fleshy?
"Quit this world, quit the next world, quit quitting!" -Sufi proverb.