Spider-Man, a family Thanksgiving movie

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Spider-Man, a family Thanksgiving movie

Nash Kent, Staff Writer

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Spider-Man, a film by Sam Raimi (both director and writer) or many people know it as the Raimiverse. The first movie exemplifies what Thanksgiving is all about. To add on to that, it even takes place during Thanksgiving, with its own Thanksgiving scene. When we think about the biggest November Holiday we think of family, appreciation, and awkwardness.

When you compare Spider-Man to the other lists of Thanksgiving movies, such as Free Birds, Charlie Brown, and Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. Pfft, those aren’t anything compared to Spider-Man. 

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You are probably wondering: what gives Spider-man the title of being the best Thanksgiving movie? It may have the spice to be a Thanksgiving movie, but why is it the best? Well, let me tell you: it not only started the big trend of superhero origin story movies but also, it’s just a good movie. It is about Peter Parker growing up, becoming Spider-Man, and using his powers responsibly to fight for the ones he loves, the ones he calls family. By the end, Peter learns that he should follow Uncle Ben’s words such as “With great power comes, great responsibility.” and own up to being a good Spider-Man and a good person. The movie also has a fantastic over the top villain and nice flashy action. But the story keeps us interested, as well as the characters. I am truly thankful for this movie.

You may be thinking, at my Thanksgiving dinner I have proper family time, but Spider-Man 1 covers all types of family time, such as the moments between Uncle Ben and Peter or the new fatherly relationship between Norman Osborn (The father of Harry Osborn, who became a kind of stand-in for Uncle Ben for Peter). But, you might say, “Where is the awkward family interaction?” It’s found in the Thanksgiving scene where of course a big ol’ turkey is in the middle, Norman puts his finger into his food, and Aunt May finding this rude, smacks his knuckle and Norman hisses at her.

Despite being a comic book movie, it does have its emotional core, which I would say comes from the character of Uncle Ben and how the movie deals with father-son relationships. In the beginning, Peter felt a stronger connection between him and Norman than Uncle Ben, but towards the end of the movie, he becomes thankful for what Ben has taught him and is ready to take on the responsibility of being Spider-man. 

Finally, you may ask yourself, where is the parade? Well, Spider-Man 1 even has that. In the scene where the Green Goblin first appears, he attacks the “World Unity Parade,” which is basically just the Macy’s parade during Thanksgiving.

Spider-Man 1, one of the first origin story movies, is just a good movie. With amazing cinematography and also hasn’t aged terribly with Sam Raimi’s obsession with doing a lot of things practically. Even the camera shots, with the goofy zoom-ins, give charm to this movie. Overall this movie should be watched on Thanksgiving not for it only being a good movie, but for what it has to say about family relationships, and being thankful for that.