Spider is a film that is both pitiful and sad. The movie is all about perception and living in what each assumes every person’s own world and reality. What makes the movie special is that the main character, both protagonist and antagonist can be considered as special. The main character, Mr. Cleg, who just came out from a mental facility and sent to a home to be taken care of, given a chance to belong in the real world, the world of common reality and perception of people that we can consider as normal.
This film is complicated to see as a whole since you don’t know which story to believe is true. What we can presume as true is that the film has an unreliable narrator in the perspective of the main character who is Mr. Cleg. What we believed to be real ever since the beginning of the film turns out to be an alternative story, a narration done by the main character that maybe he himself believed is what actually happened that is being contested by an alternative scene or ending in the film. He’s hunted by this woman whom he believe is following him and thus plans to murder her upon realizing that it’s not really her.
The film is also interesting since it stars Ralph Fiennes, an actor known for unforgettable roles in films such as Schindler’s List and in the Harry Potter series. I used to see him in roles that are vicious, inhumane, and all powerful, but in this film his character, Mr. Cleg, is very different, very contrasting to see him portraying. I find his character in the film very challenging compared to his other roles because he does not depend on dialogues or even monologues to make his character a reality.
In my opinion, childhood memories are there in order for us to have this kind of nostalgia, that most of us can consider as either or both positive and negative. We’re all different, but what makes us common with each other is that most of us, the people that who we are right now, are developed or formed out of our childhood experiences. These experiences, these memories, these foundations of who and what we are enable us to face the world that we’re living in. Usually what inspires us, motivates us, and gives us an urge to continue living is because we are driven by our childhood dreams. In the case of Mr. Cleg, a traumatic childhood, caused by him, develops him to become somewhat a disturbed person.
I consider him both protagonist and antagonist since the story revolves around him and at the same time he himself creates his own story, his own reality, and thus without realizing, destroys his actual world, his real reality, which is the reality outside of his own mind. In the end, I find this movie very underrated since it’s not as popular as Fiennes’ other award-winning films, but his portrayal of a sad and pathetic person can be considered as a praiseworthy performance.