I can't believe I watched Spider-Man twice in one week. But it was way more fun than an event movie has any right to be, which seems to prove to me that the smart thing to do is not throw $25 million at Arnold and instead spread the wealth on solid character actors. That scene where Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane has just kissed Spiderman and he's shunting off somewhere is just so good - you can see her girlish excitement at this new guy in her life. As is the slightly teasing tone in Tobey Maguire's voice when he drops her off and identifies himself as "your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man". It's interesting to see the parallels to "Smallville" - geeky teenager trying to get a handle on his new superpowers, awkward relationship to the girl, etc etc.

Part of the reason I saw the movie twice, admittedly, was to avoid watching Attack of the Clones. So I'm a comic-book geek who doesn't like Star Wars. Is that rare? I even wanted to cheer at the Marvel logo appearing, and to point out Stan Lee's cameo.


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