Hello everyone and welcome to Throwback Thursday, where every Thursday I’ll be posting a review of an older but noteworthy film. This week’s pick reminds us that with great power, comes great responsibility. Remember that and enjoy, Spider-Man.
Released in 2002, the film was directed by Sam Raimi (Oz the Great and Powerful). Based on the Marvel comic character created by Stan Lee of the same name, the movie stars Toby Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as Peter’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson.
Peter Parker was just your normal, everyday average high school student, until a school excursion to a Genetics Laboratory where he was bitten by a genetically enhanced “super spider” being worked on in the facility. Slowly but surely he came to realise the spider’s bite had enhanced his senses and strength, given him the ability to climb walls, leap great distances and shoot strong webbing. Everything seemed to be going well for Peter, until his Uncle Ben was shot by a car jacker. Peter, distraught by his loss went after the criminal using his new found powers. Meanwhile the scientist Norman Osborn, is working on developing a military grade performance enhancer but something has gone terribly wrong and an alter-ego emerges in him, someone we would come to know as the Green Goblin. Will Peter use his power for good? Will he remember his Uncle Ben’s words? (“With great power, comes great responsibility.”) And can he defeat the Green Goblin who is now terrorising New York city?
Spider-Man for me represents the classic superhero film, becoming a hero not because of his power but because of how he choose to wield that power especially after overcoming a hardship in life, for Peter Parker the death of his Uncle Ben for example. As somewhat cliche as the phrase sounds “With great power, comes great responsibility”, I think it still rings true, reminding us to take some initiative in life and use what we have to do some good. All in all it is a very enjoyable film and the Green Goblin is definitely one of my favourite villains! Despite being a nutter who wants to kill and destroy for his enjoyment, some of the things he says actually makes a lot of sense. You’ll have to go watch the film to see what I mean.
We are who we choose to be. Now choose!
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Glenn Stuart Tucker