(82) Watching Spider-Man in 2017, it’s apparent just how much modern blockbusters owe to Sam Raimi’s loony action photography. This is the blueprint on which current comic book movies are built. It ushers in conventions that are now commonplace, while referencing earlier works – bridging the divide between Burton’s Batman and Nolan’s (the Elfman score contributes to this). Spider-Man is at once Big-Hollywood and uniquely Raimi. The dialogue is corny, but the emotions are genuine. The effects have aged, but the action feels contemporary.
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