Spider-Man Boo-boos

I wrote this in June 2002.  I got this from MovieMistakes.com which listed 162 mistakes.   I watched the movie again on DVD last night.  It was funnier this time around because I had to watch out for the boo-boos one by one.  Don’t get me wrong because I still love the movie 100%.  Watch it again and enjoy…

When I saw the first full-length movie of the comic book character Spiderman, I was an instant convert.  Toby McGuire (better known for his film roles in The Cider House Rules and Pleasantville) gave justice to the superhero.  Known for his enigmatic and haunting performances, McGuire lent his acting credence to what everyone calls now as “Spidey!”  Sam Raimi, whose main film feature was the cult hit “Evil Dead,” directed the mask caper’s movie outing.   Raimi really is a master storyteller.  Watching the movie was like leafing through the pages of a Marvel comic book.  The special effects were a sight to behold.  I especially liked the final duel of Spider-man and the Green GoblinKirsten Dunst, that little girl in An Interview With A Vampire, as always was consistently good.  The movie was indeed box-office material albeit with some technical boo-boos.  Here’s 12 of the most obvious mistakes:

  • In the scene where four men are mugging Mary Jane, Spider-man throws two of the men into two windows behind Mary Jane. Then the camera goes back to Spider-man beating up the other two guys. When the camera goes back to Mary Jane the two windows are intact.
  • When Peter Parker first discovers he can climb up walls (while in his street clothes), he tests it out by climbing up a building in an alley. During this scene, you can clearly see his clothes hanging out forwards, indicating that the scene was filmed with him crawling along a floor horizontally.
  • When you first see the cable car (at the end) it says Universal Pictures.  When you see the car the second time, it says Roosevelt Line.
  • When Peter shoots his web at his bedroom lamp and pulls it across the room, it smashes against the wall and breaks. But when Aunt May is talking to Peter from the door seconds later, the lamp is back on the dresser in one piece.
  • When Peter first learns he can climb wall after running out of school, his shoes are different when he is on the wall compared to when he is on the roof.
  • When Peter dumps the food tray on Flash his shirt gets covered with food.  In the next scene they are in the school hallway and Flash’s shirt is clean.
  • When Peter is taking out the trash, and begins talking to Mary Jane, as Mary Jane walks toward him you can see her underwear sticking out above her pants. As the shots change, this underwear seems to appear and dissappear.
  • When Harry is talking to Mary Jane on the phone, she hangs up on him and his cell phone produces a dial tone. Cell phones do not have a dial tone.
  • In the establishing scene of the owner of the Newspaper firm talking about how he thinks Spider-man is a criminal, you see a woman on the right holding a tan envelope, but as the camera cuts back and forth you see it disappear and reappear again.
  • When the glider hits the goblin, it appears to impact in the middle of his chest. Later you see the glider only waist high as he tells Peter “Don’t tell Harry.”
  • In the beginning, when Peter runs out to catch the bus, he swings his backpack over his shoulder, but when he is seen running after the bus, the backpack has disappeared.
  • As the balcony at the youth festival falls apart, Harry Osborne is whacked on the left side of his head by falling debris.  However, during the scene following this, Harry has a bandage on the RIGHT side of his head.

Well, nobody’s perfect.  As Aunt May said to Paul Parker, “You’re not Superman, you know!”

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