The Sam Raimi picture, Spider-Man (2002), starring Tobey Maguire, might have been released about the time the bullying of kids was starting to receive a whole lot of contempt, for Peter Parker is bullied disgracefully by bigger dudes. However, after turning into Spider-Man, he never avenges himself on his personal bullies but becomes a crime fighter instead, often rescuing the popular girl he loves, M.J. Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Proof, this, that the boy is now a (Spider) man, as is the awful guilt he feels concerning the death of his uncle—which is no small burden for a young mensch.
Alas, the garish Green Goblin is sort of a villain on the cheap, but he certainly doesn’t spoil the nicely photographed fun. Spider-Man is involving, vivacious, jokey—not to mention sexy-with-Dunst (and so not a complete family film).
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