May 10, 2002


MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE: I caught "Spider-man" last weekend; I thought the flick highly entertaining and expertly directed by the great Sam Raimi. I'm far from a comic book geek, so I certainly had no problems with any of the plot or costume choices that obsess some types. I do have a problem, however, with these whispers among some Spidey enthusiasts that Kirsten Dunst is somehow "not good-looking enough" for the role of Mary Jane. Now I've been known to differ with the conventional wisdom when it comes to Hollywood female beauty (Penelope Cruz comes to mind, as does Julia Roberts) but I don't know how anyone can deny either Kirsten's strong physical beauty or her acting chops, especially if they've seen "The Virgin Suicides" or the recent "The Cat's Meow." The same idiots who call Dunst "not pretty enough" were likely the same who derided her movie debut, "Interview With the Vampire," as "not gay enough." At any rate, "Spider-man" is without a doubt the best Hollywood film with a female lead named Mary Jane since "Half Baked."

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 10, 2002 08:19 PM
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