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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Since Spider-Man: No Way Home is almost upon us, I decided to revisit the other Spider-Man films starting with the first film of the Maguire/ Raimi trilogy.
The first film follows Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) as he acquires incredible new abilities after being bitten by a genetically mutated spider and becomes the superhero Spider-Man.
This absolutely holds up a great origin story. The story is decently paced and well written including how it sets up a lot of things later down the line in the trilogy. Peter's arc to becoming Spider-Man is excellent and genuinely gripping all the way throughout. Norman Osbourne/ Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) is a fantastic antagonist for this film, completely menacing but relatable underneath the cracks.
Tobey Maguire makes for an excellent Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Willem Dafoe really makes Green Goblin his own. Kirsten Dunst is on wonderful form as Peter's love interest Mary Jane. James Franco doesn't really get much to do in this film but he is still very good as Harry, Norman's son. Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons provide terrific support.
Visually this film is phenomenal with great action and cleverly shot scenes. A highlight would be the final fight scene between Peter and Norman. Danny Elfman's score is epic and feels perfect for the world and character.
Final thought: A really effective origin story with a standout central performance from Maguire. Willem Dafoe is also on great form as Green Goblin.