Spiderman 3 Mini-Review

I wish I had been 15 years younger when watching this movie.

Spiderman 3 miserably fell short for me. I enjoyed the first one, I loved the second one, and while there is going to be a Spiderman 4, it’ll most certainly be without the same lead actors. Spiderman 3 should have been the end to a trilogy. Instead it was a dizzying, confusing, messy roller-coaster ride that didn’t quite tickle where it should.

Crash! Pow! Boom bang! Poof! More villains! More jokes! More explosions! Did anyone forget about less is more? It didn’t help the movie either that Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman had a falling out; Elfmans gorgeous theme only graces parts of Spiderman 3.

There have been mixed reviews. Some think it sucks, others disagree. Personally, I’d like to take a guess at why I think this movie divides people. To do so, I have to compare with Spiderman 2.

In Spiderman 2 things were falling apart for Peter Parker. As he struggled with the mantle and the responsibility, we developed real emotional attachments to the characters. When he finally decided to take up the mantle, in sickness and in health, the action started with an incredible sequence that could have ended in a trainwreck. Peter Parker, unmasked, managed to stop the train just before it derailed. In Spiderman 3: trainwreck!

4 thoughts on “Spiderman 3 Mini-Review”

  1. It’s important for me to note that it’s not that I think SM3 is a great work of art. It’s just that it’s as meh as most summer blockbusters, and really that’s good enough for wasting away two hours of popcorn-munching.

    Would I rather have seen Jaws for the nth time? Hell yes 🙂

  2. Joen says:

    It?s important for me to note that it?s not that I think SM3 is a great work of art. It?s just that it?s as meh as most summer blockbusters, and really that?s good enough for wasting away two hours of popcorn-munching.

    That’s fair.

    I’m just disappointed in what could have been. But sure, I’d rather watch Spidey 3 than Fantastic Four 1.

  3. Omar says:

    Joen, you are spot on. Here are my quick reactions:

    ***HEAVY SPOILERS FOLLOW***

    – There was only really one enjoyable aspect to the movie – the fight scenes and the special effects involved with those. And okay, the Bruce Campbell scene was hilarious too.

    – “Evil Peter Park” – they could have made him such a bad ass, but unfortunately they resort to turning him into Emo Peter Parker who acts like a nerd trying to be cool.

    – I think they tried to jam too much into one movie. 3 new villains, Peter becoming “evil”, the Peter/MJ breakup…none of it was developed as well as it could have.

    – The whole Peter/MJ breakup made no sense at all. Did MJ conveniently forget that Peter is Spiderman? What the fuck?!

    – That whole “dramatic reporter” scene was incredibly dumb. I had to laugh…

    – The “let’s put a giant US flag behind Spiderman for no reason” was even more dumb.

    – The crying scene at the end felt very artificial.

    – The “life lessons” stuff was crap too.

    Sooo, I didn’t like it :p 2 out of 5 stars.

    In fact, one of the best parts of the experience was watching all the little kids dressed up and pretending to be Spiderman at the theatre.

  4. Jason says:

    I agree Joen – It was a confusing, poor story line really. Yes, the effects where great but the story all just seemed a bit pointless. I also thought Kirsten Dunst seemed a bit lack luster in this Spideman too.

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