Spider-Man

Cast
Spider-Man/Peter Parker: Tobey Maguire
Green Goblin/ Norman Osborn: Willem Dafoe
Mary Jane: Kirsten Dunst
Harry Osborn: James Franco
Ben Parker: Cliff Robertson
May Parker: Rosemary Harris
Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Sam Raimi. Written by David Koepp. Based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Running time: 121 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for stylized violence and action).

Central Theme
Using extraordinary abilities in the service of others and a fight against evil requires sacrifice of personal desires and acceptance of the principal that with great power comes great responsibility.

Story
In this imaginative film rendition of the classic comic-book series, a genetically altered super-spider bites young, nerdy Peter Parker and transforms him from a meek and mocked schoolboy into a clandestine superhero. After being orphaned, his upbringing by a God-fearing and good living Uncle and Aunt leads him to see the responsibility and opportunity for good in his newfound powers. Not so with megalomaniacal businessman Norman Osborn, whose quest for power, recognition and wealth have left him without a moral compass. Peter’s Spiderman and Norman’s green goblin are sure to clash in the fight to see whether good or evil will prevail on planet earth. Caught in the conflict are the ¢â‚¬Ëœgirl-next-door’ Mary Jane who has been the object of Peter’s affection since childhood and Harry Osborn the unhappy son of Norman and only schoolboy friend of Peter. Peter and Harry’s friendship is complicated by their common interest in Mary Jane and by the fact that Norman favors Peter over his own son. Spiderman’s powers to dangle, spin webs, leap and climb are used to stop robberies and rescue Mary Jane while Green Goblins ability to maneuver a one-man killing machine are used to destroy his enemies. In Spiderman he sees a potential superhero partner with whom he could totally control the world and ¢â‚¬Ëœcreate or destroy’ at will. Such a merger is out of the question and an easy temptation to resist for Spiderman whose Uncle’s last words before death were ¢â‚¬Ëœremember, with great power comes great responsibility.’

The success of superhero stories is in large part rooted in what they share in common with the universal themes revealed most completely in the Bible. Good is at war with evil and humans must choose sides. Good people are tempted to turn to evil with allure of wealth, fame and power and they must decide whether to cross over to the dark side or retain their commitment to the good. Humans need hope, which is often provided by leaders drawn not from the elite but from common families instilling in their children the simple but deep values that shape men and women of exceptional character. Inevitably there will be conflicts between the forces of good and evil. Those who choose evildoing are tormented, restless, unsatisfied souls. By contrast there is a joy in rejecting the ¢â‚¬Ëœdark side’ but it also extracts a price and is often a lonely and misunderstood road.

Belief num
–The world needs heroes.
–Sometimes heroes come in non-heroic packaging.
–Life’s accident scan lead to good or evil.
–Superheroes came in good and evil archetypes.
–A good and loving family instills an expectation of greatness and produces a good and responsible child.
–With great power comes great responsibility.
–The quest for power often corrupts.
–To possess magical powers is exhilarating. To use them for good requires a commitment to serve others.
–Good people will always be enticed by evil people to join them in their ways.
–Those who do good will be suspected of evildoing.
–Great ability and calling is both a gift and a curse.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What leads one person to use exceptional abilities to serve others and another to seek power for self?
–What influences one person towards the good and another to the evil?
–Why is unrequited love such a powerful theme in the human story and in the story of the superhero?
–Why do superheroes so often arise from the outcast and underdog class?
–How is it that one generation passes their pathologies and good-nesses to the next?
–What comparisons and contrasts would you draw between superheroes like Spiderman and Superman and the historical ¢â‚¬Ëœsuperhero” Jesus Christ?

Provocative Quotes byline
–This like any story worth telling is about a girl.
==Peter introductory comments
–The Lord said let there be light and there was light.
==Ben Parker to May
–The corporation is downsizing people and upsizing their profits.
==Ben Parker to May
–40000 years of evolution and we’ve barely even tapped the yastness of human potential.
==Norman Osborn
–Go web, go web, fly, shazaam
==Peter tries to spin a web
–Michaelangelo. Meatloaf and potatoes in oven.
==Note to the very late Peter from a loving Uncle Ben
–Your aunt and uncle don’t
==MJ’s response when Peter says everybody shouts.
–I cried like mad when you played Cinderella.
==Peter to MJ
–Sometimes you know people. You just see things coming.
==Peter to MJ
–Amateur wrestler, colorful characters a must. $3000.
==Ad for wrestlers,
–You’re changing. I went through the same thing. Just because you can beat him up doesn’t mean you should. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.
==Uncle Ben to Peter
–Commencement; the end of one thing the start of another.
== Norman Osborn to Peter at graduation.
–I missed him a lot today.
==Peter missing Ben at graduation.
–But he was here
==Aunt May to Peter
–You loved him and he loved you. You were meant for great things. You won’t disappoint him.
==May to Peter
–Masked man foils robbery.
==Headline in paper about Spiderman.
–If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, certainly we can get a picture of this weirdo. If he doesn’t want to be famous, we’ll make him infamous.
==Editor of local newspaper
–Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
==Spiderman when asked by MJ who he is.
–Your greatest creation will bring you what you always wanted. Power.
==Message to Norman
–You and I are not so different. In spite of everything you’ve done for them, eventually they’ll hate you. The only thing they want is for you to fail.
==Norman/Green Goblin
–Imagine what we could create or destroy.
==Green Goblin to Spiderman
–I think I have a superhero stalker.
==MJ to Spiderman
–Everybody sit down and we can say grace.
==Aunt May at Thanksgiving Day.
–The cunning warrior attacks neither the body or the mind. Attack the heart.
==Goblin to Norman
–Deliver us from evil.
==Aunt May prays the Lord’s prayer when Goblin interrupts.
–I know him a little bit.
==Peter to MJ about Spiderman
–The great thing about Mary Jane? When you look in her eyes and she looks back at yours. You know what kind of man you want to be. You have reached the unreachable and you weren’t ready yet.
==Peter to MJ
–Would it be so dangerous to let MJ know you care? Everybody else does.
==Aunt May to Peter
–Make your choice and see how hard is. Now choose.
==Goblin to Spiderman
–You mess with one of us you mess with all of us.
==New Yorkers to Goblin
–Misery, misery, misery what is what you have chosen.
==Goblin to Spiderman
–You’ve spun your last web Spiderman.
==Goblin to Spiderman
–Believe in me as I believe in you.
==Goblin to Spiderman
–I didn’t lose him! He was stolen from me. One day Spiderman will pay.
==Norman’s son Harry
–No matter what I do. No matter how hard I try. The ones I love will always be the ones who die.
==Peter/Spiderman
–I hope I make it through this so I can see Peter Parker face again. The truth is I love you. I love you so much Peter.
==MJ confesses her love to Peter
–I cant’ tell you everything I want you to know. I’ll always be there for you. I’ll always be your friend.
==a restrained Peter to MJ
–With great power comes great responsibility. This is my gift and my curse.
==Peter concludes the movie

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