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Kirsten Dunst’s Top 10 Performances

on June 20, 2017, 12:00am

10. Mary Jane Watson

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Definitive Dunst: “So here I am — standing in your doorway. I have always been standing in your doorway. Isn’t it about time somebody saved your life?”

Say what you will about 2007’s cruelly maligned Spider-Man 3, but Sam Raimi knew exactly what he was doing with the franchise, and part of that understanding surfaced in the film’s brilliant casting. Tobey Maguire was always the right choice for Peter Parker, and so was Dunst as his childhood crush, Mary Jane Watson. Sorry Elisha Cuthbert, but in the early aughts, nobody captured the idea of a “girl next door” better than Dunst, who had long won every then-teenager’s heart with performances in Jumanji, Small Soldiers, and The Virgin Suicides. So, it wasn’t too hard to see her the way Parker did, and she wisely capitalized on those feelings with an onscreen personality that embellished all her natural charms. Granted, she’s great in every one of the Marvel adventures, but she’s exceptional in the outstanding Spider-Man 2, exuding all the proper angst and remorse that comes from being lost in love. That final scene is everything. A-B repeat, y’all.
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