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Spiderman 3

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I know that Spiderman 3 is weaker than the first two and is the worst in the series. However, I think that it doesn't deserve to be hated as much as it is by people. There are a great deal of goofy moments, but there are goofy moments in all the other spiderman films too. They also squeezed three villains into one movie and that was a very bad idea, but we'll talk about that later. However, for all the bad stuff, there is some very good stuff that makes this an entertaining and worth-watching film.

Whereas the first and second films set up how much life sucks for Peter, this one shows how much life rocks for Peter. Spiderman isn't ruining his life anymore, people love Spiderman, he's top of his class, and intends to propose to Mary Jane. However, things do get worse when Harry (AKA The New Goblin) attacks him and he almost loses the ring. Plus, Gwen Stacy is getting in the way of him proposing and an escaped convict that turned into the Sandman is menacing the city. The Sandman also happens to be his uncle's true killer, whereas the guy Peter confronted in the first film was only an accomplice. There's also the symbiote known as Venom, which turns regular Peter into emo Peter (we'll get to him later). The moral of the movie is that revenge can get the best of us and it turns us into something ugly. There's also Venom, but he's introduced and squeezed into the last 20 minutes of the movie.

In my opinion, a film can juggle at maximum, two villains. That is, if one is a primary villain and another is an auxiliary villain. That's one of the problems with this movie, it juggles three villains, not giving any of them a proper amount of screentime. They had the Sandman, Venom, and the New Goblin in this movie, and none of them got a proper amount of screentime. The actors all gave relatively good performances, so that wasn't the problem. However, if I were to go back in time and help Sam Raimi fix it, I would say have the primary villain be the Sandman, use the New Goblin as character development for James Franco, and save Venom for a fourth installment or the reboot. Venom is badass enough to carry a movie as the primary or even sole villain, so they didn't need to squeeze him in at the last minute. The villains are sympathetic to a degree, and the scene were Thomas Haden Church becomes the Sandman is beautifully shot and scored and the special effects were beautiful.

That also brings up the problem of little to no Venom. I never really read any spiderman comics growing up, but I knew who Venom was. He was pure badassery and one of the greatest comic book villains of all time, and everyone I knew who liked spiderman was really excited to see him in the movie. The costume looked pretty great too, but he's just squeezed into the last 20 minutes and is killed at the end so they couldn't even carry him into another movie. I thought that Topher Grace was a very weird choice to play Venom, but I actually thought he did pretty well. It would have been interesting had the astronaut that MJ was marrying in the second film become Venom. I mean come on, all the plot points are there, it's better than assembling a haphazard backstory for Topher Grace. All in all, Venom was okay, but I, as well as many others, wish there was more of him.

There are also the really obvious goofy moments that killed Spiderman 3 for many people. Of course there's the lack of Venom, but there's also Emo Peter and the dance scene. Yes, that godawful dance scene. The venom is meant to torture Peter, to make him addicted, not unlike Gollum with the One Ring. The venom's affect on Peter is used more for comedy however, and it looks sort of lame. All that anger and lameness boils over in the infamous dance scene. I hate Emo Peter as much as the rest of you do, as well as the dance scene, but that didn't prevent me from giving this movie a 70. The dance scene is when Peter takes Gwen to the jazz club where Mary Jane works and proceeds to dance, then Gwen runs off, he attacks a bouncer and then punches Mary Jane for trying to get him off the bouncer. The dance scene is for many, what killed Spiderman 3, and it came pretty close to killing it for me too. But I just sat through it and got the final battle, which was great.

The performances are still pretty good, and I kind of liked the idea of revenge that was planted in the mind of Peter and how the venom took over him and nearly destroyed him. Thankfully, he was in a church tower after punching MJ and the venom is spooked by loud noises, so he could get it off. Tobey Maguire turns in a great performance (minus emo peter) as does Kirsten Dunst, but the best by far was definitely James Franco, as his character of Harry is developed further by turning him into a villain and reaching the breaking point of his wanting to avenge his dad and wanting to be friends with Peter and MJ. I loved what they did with Harry and they ended his character on a wonderful note.

The villains turn in some great performances as well. Like I said, Topher Grace was a weird choice for Venom, but I was pleasantly surprised with his performance, and Thomas Haden Church gave a wonderfully multi-layered performance as the Sandman. The cinematography was great as well and the special effects were impressive as well. All in all, when it's bad, its really bad, but Spiderman 3 is still a worthwhile film and worth giving it a 60.

I know why people didn't like it, and I didn't like it fully because of those exact same reasons, but I am excited for the reboot as I have said in my other reviews. I would still recommend it, but one should watch the other two films as well because they are much better. All in all, just okay, it gets much more hate then it deserves though.

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review by . August 14, 2009
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Quick Tip by . September 07, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
I tried to watch this movie again last weekend and I actually got angry and turned it off. How could they take something as cool as Spiderman and make it so lame? And even though it wasn't a critical plot point, why was J. Jonah Jameson's desk hooked up to some ridiculous over-exaggerated buzzer? There was too much cheeze I couldn't make it to the great action scenes.
review by . November 09, 2009
A failure for the series, but good fun none the less..
While Spider-Man  and Spider-man 2 set the bar higher for excellence in  comic book adaptions, Spider-Man 3 the latest installment in the hugely popular  series is a massive step down from those two. It has far too many plot lines and too many villains and that just makes it a crowed  mess. While it does  boast some  really dazzling action sequences and  some cool fights  in the film, it still can't be saved or salvaged from  the  over use of everything   …
review by . September 09, 2009
Being an enormous fan of Spiderman and greatly enjoying the first two films, I looked forward in anticipation to this film. I was greatly disappointed. There was just too much going on in this film. Where Doc Ock and the Green Goblin were fascinating villains with powerful performances in the other films, the Sandman was a very dry character and Venom was comical like Danny Devito's Penguin in the Batman movie. Additionally, Peter Parker's romance with Mary Jane was all over the place and never …
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Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. It is the third film in the Spider-Man film franchise based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The film begins with Peter Parker basking in his success as Spider-Man, while Mary Jane Watson continues her Broadway career. Harry Osborn still seeks vengeance for his father's death, and an escaped convict, Flint Marko, falls into a particle accelerator and is transformed into a shape-shifting sand manipulator. An extraterrestrial symbiote crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, influencing his behavior for the worse. When Parker abandons the symbiote, it finds refuge in Eddie Brock, Jr., a rival photographer, causing Peter to face his greatest challenge.

Spider-Man 3 was commercially released in multiple countries on May 1, 2007, and released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007, by Columbia Pictures. Although the film received generally mixed reviews from critics, in contrast to the previous two films' highly positive reviews, it stands as the most successful film in the series worldwide, Marvel's most successful film, as well as the second highest-grossing superhero film behind 2008's The Dark Knight.

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