Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Alvin Sargent, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Stan Lee (comic book), Steve Ditko (comic book)
Starring: Toby Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Donna Murphy, Daniel Gillies, Dylan Baker, Bill Nunn, Ted Raimi, Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Campbell
For the first time in about 6 times that I’ve seen this movie, I’ve upgraded my star rating from 3½ to 4. There was one element of the movie that always bothered me—the on-again off-again feelings of Peter and MJ toward each other. The whole “I’m going to tell her, I’m not going to tell her" thing, and her with the “I’ll wait, I’m not going to wait for him” thing. I always felt they went around it one too many times. For some reason, it felt just about right this time.
Perhaps that’s because for the first time, I really didn’t focus on their relationship as much as I did before. I really saw the whole movie as simply Peter’s journey this time. I was always a fan of the Peter and MJ pairing in the comics. I started reading Spidey just after they were finally married. Anytime they had trouble in the comics, I got angry. I just wanted them to be together, and the whole back and forth thing in the movie always had me thinking, “Come on already!”