I recently went to an All-Nighter of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy and it was incredible. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3 were shown in 35mm, which I think is the first time I’ve seen a film shown that way. Getting a chance to see Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 on the big screen after not getting the chance as a kid was amazing.
I’ve always had a special attachment to these films. I loved Spider-Man growing up so it was great to see them in live action. As I got older, I appreciate Sam Raimi’s direction throughout and the way that he is able to blend horror, comedy and sincerity to craft the ultimate superhero tales.
I connected to the sincere moments in the first Spider-Man a lot more this time around. Uncle Ben’s death always got to me as he reminded me of my grandad. My grandad passed away this year so that scene was particularly hard to watch this time. He was the one took me to see Spider-Man 3 in the cinema and I’ll always be grateful for that experience.
The moment that really got me this time around was when Peter goes to his room after he graduates and cries as he wishes Uncle Ben was there to see it. I lost my dad and grandad this year. They were both important figures in my life and I find myself crying in my room when I think about the things that I wasn’t able to share with them.
The acting is a key component of what makes Spider-Man work. Tobey Maguire is able to balance the charm and wit for the role while also handling the emotional moments really well. His crying face always got mocked but I think it’s the most real crying I’ve seen in a film. None of this single tear down a blank face nonsense.
Spider-Man continues to be one of my favourite films of all time because it perfectly balances everything great about superheroes from the epic swinging through New York to the human elements that make Spider-Man one of the most relatable heroes out there. I don’t think a live action Spider-Man film will top Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2.