The New Gold Standard: Spider-Man the Movie
The Green Goblin raining on his own companys parade.
Action, Action, Action And of course, there's much punching and hitting in, to coin a phrase, the Mighty Marvel Manner.
That's the weirdest thing about the movie. Much of the time, the film's two antagonists' faces are fully covered. When their faces are uncovered, though, especially in Maguire's case, they make it count.
Their climactic, final slugfest is just what you want to see in a super hero-super villain battle. Which of the two is technically stronger? Who's tougher? They're actually pretty evenly matched. But the strength of the script, performances and message of Spider-Man, in whatever incarnation, is that quality of character trumps hate and power. And, for the two hours we're in the theater, or the twenty minutes we're reading a well-crafted comic, we believe it to be true. We don't think, "Gee, what cool effects," or "How does he go to the bathroom in that suit?" We think, "I wish I was as good of heart as Spider-Man, seriously flawed though he may be." Don't get me wrong. This isn't a Merchant-Ivory movie. While there's lots of human interest and philosophical reflections on life, there's also lots of (very originally staged) action. There are also many authentic New York sets. (Spider-Man is as much a love poem to New York as any Woody Allen film.) There are loads of jokes and quips, both for Spidey-geeks and for those who wouldn't know Spider-Man from the Roto-Rooter Man. There are also many touching moments that transcend genre.
Action, Action, Action
And of course, there's much punching and hitting in, to coin a phrase, the Mighty Marvel Manner.