||PG-13 (for stylized violence, action and
||Flying surfboard with missiles,
||Yes - Tobey Maguire
|"In a world where..."
"Who am I?" the voice asks in the opening moments of this
spectacular trailer. That's a damn good question. Where's the deep
voiced "In a world where..." guy that always does the voice-overs
for trailers? This should be our first clue that this is no ordinary
A rapid burst of crime fighting spidey action and then a flash back
to the time when Peter becomes Spiderman. Maguire was a perfect choice
for this character. He can play the dopey, nerdy type convincingly,
not quite as well as Dustin Diamond, but I can't picture Screech
The next scenes show Peter learning of his super powers and include
the first nipple shot, alittle frontal nudity courtesy of the Spider-Man
himself. He can shoot webs, scale walls and the super power that
all male geeks want - the ability to impress the chicks!
Peter gets to meet Norman Osborn who owns Oscorp one of those humongous
megacorps you only find in the movies. He turns himself into some
mutated super villain that rides a flying surfboard and shoots missiles
"Whatever it is someone has to stop it," says Peter. Of
course most of us would say the same thing and continue to munch
on Doritos, but I guess if you're Spider-Man you can get off your
ass and actually do something about it.
Most other action/adventure trailers just want to wow you with effects,
but this trailer has a conscience which separates it from the rest. "With
great power comes great responsibility" and "This is my
gift. It is my curse." Spider-Man wasn't born a superhero, and
we get the sense that he may not be ready to handle all that comes
with it. He's not a Rambo or Arnold that mows 'em down and eats his
I would deduct some points for using such a trailer cliché as "I'm
Spider-Man", but the scene is so effective I got chills. Speaking
of chills, I don't have much fashion sense, but I know better than
to wear a such a thin dress without a bra in the rain. Thank heavens
Kirsten doesn't have as much fashion sense as I do. You can bet that
when filming this scene for the trailer I'm sure Tobey told his stunt
double to take the day off.
The trailer closes with some comic relief which had me rolling -
a great comic book character reference in a trailer based on a comic
Willem Dafoe was effective as the evil villain. The film makers
did luck out when he decided to be evil in a city with big buildings.
Spider-Man swinging off a TCBY in a strip mall wouldn't have given
such dramatic visuals.
Conclusion on trailer: Humor, action, romance, nipples - trailers
just don't get much better. I can't rave enough about Maguire's performance.
This one will definitely be up for consideration for a Spotty for
Best Actor in a Trailer. This one gets the 11 Spot.
Conclusion on movie: With the people involved it would take the
act of a vengeful movie god to make this a movie not worth seeing.
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