Here we go again…
That was my initial reaction when Marvel announced their 3rd Spider-Man reboot. I saw the new flick over the weekend and it was excellent. Ergo, vis-a-vis, concordantly… I’m ranking the Spider-Man films.
#7: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
This is not only the worst Spider-Man film, but it is one of the worst comic book movies ever made. What a mess. This sequel was so bad that Sony cancelled the 3rd film in the trilogy and gave the rights over to Marvel. Not kidding, it ends with a total cliffhanger, and we never get to see the payoff. That is rare. I don’t have much to say other than ugh. I really didn’t enjoy this one. No redeeming qualities.
#6: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1977)
It exists. Watch it HERE.
#5: SPIDER-MAN 3
There are rumors that Sam Raimi made this movie bad on purpose. I actually believe it. It takes a lot of talent to intentionally trash a film, and Sam Raimi is one of the more talented guys in the industry. I hear that Sony wanted to add Venom last minute because of social network demand, and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back . That’s the epitome of bad studio execs getting their mitts on the script and ripping it apart. Sad story here as this could have been one of the best threesomes of all time, but alas… the final product turned out to be really, really, really, really… weird.
#4: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)
This is a tricky one to critique. It had pretty much everything going against it. It may be one of the weirdest reboots of all time because it came out 5 years after the final film in the original trilogy. In my opinion, this film was poorly produced. Andrew Garfield is miscast as spidey; Marc Webb was not the right director; and the screenplay is way too close to the original film. All that said, the film isn’t awful. There are some really nice romantic scenes between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone is a home run in this role), and the dramatic tension is pretty strong all around. There is no question that Marc Webb knows how to direct actors; it’s the genre choice that’s problematic. I have a love hate relationship with this one. On a final note, James Horner brings home another beautiful heartbreaking score. Rest in peace, dude.
This is the film that started it all. I watched it recently and, though it’s really good, it’s a little dated. The CGI was groundbreaking at the time, but it doesn't quite hold up to today’s standards. Tobey Maguire was a good choice, and Willem Dafoe was a shoo-in for the cRaZy Green Goblin. It’s hard not to smile when the movie kicks into gear with Danny Elfman’s spidey-theme. Fun story about this one: My folks picked me up from school to catch the Friday matinee. We loved the film so much that we went home to pick up my older brother and see it for a 2nd time that night. It’s the only time I’ve seen a movie in theaters twice in the same day.
#2: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
What an awesome surprise! Tom Holland is the perfect choice for Peter Parker. His squeaky voiced teenager with a sarcastic sense of humor was #money. It’s nice to see Michael Keaton back in the saddle. He’s always been a special actor, and he continues the trend as the Vulture. Everything about this film was fun. Honestly, I don't have a lot of critiques here. My only issue was the run time. At 2 hours and 15 minutes, it feels a little long. It also lacks the dramatic edge that makes the next film numero uno.
#1: SPIDER-MAN 2
This is not only the best Spider-Man film, but probably the best comic book film ever made, and possibly the best sequel of all time. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Sam Raimi had total control of this movie. He was the perfect choice to direct a comic book adaptation, and he did an incredible job here. Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus is one of the best comic book villains to hit the big screen (Heath Ledger’s Joker is #1). Tobey Maguire settled into the role here, and whether you like him or not - he’s an Academy Award caliber actor, and his dramatic chops are through the roof. Everybody makes fun of him crying during this film, but this rendition of Spider-Man was very demanding, and Tobey handled it without a hitch. This film had the best score of the series (Danny Elfman), the best sequencing of the series (see the train sequence, the bank heist, and the climax), and it had the best story. The Marvel Universe is enormous and Spider-Man 2 was the real breakthrough. It proved that Comic Book movies should be taken seriously. Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects.