Spiderman 3 Review

Posted: May 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

Won't ever see this!Well looking at the picture I put up you can probably tell what I thought of Spiderman 3. Read on though, you might be suprised.

First off let me state that I’m one of those purist types of people when it comes to my music, movies, and games so I like to see faithful adaptations of things and although I only have one major gripe against Spidey’s 3rd outing it’s a big one for me as I know it is with alot of fans. I do have alot of little nitpicking to do but first lets go over the good.

The Good:

The acting, the story telling, and the story itself are things I really enjoyed about Spiderman 3. I really enjoyed how the movie was more about Peter Parker and his struggles as opposed to 2 1/2 hours of action. Not that I wouldnt love to see that, but putting the focus and emphasis on Peter was really cool. Once the symbiote comes Peter’s way he begins to change, which is the Spiderman I’ve always preferred, but Rami really showed Peter’s transformation from nice, nerdy guy to a vengful “take no crap” kind of guy who becomes angry and brutal as Spiderman, very well. Although Peter looked like an Emo kid after he bonds with the symbiote the whole thing was pulled off rather well, if for no other reason that Toby Macguire’s acting.

The humor! I’ve seen a lot of people gripping about the humor being oddly placed and awkward in this film. I happen to disagree with them. I thought it was all well placed and really funny. Of course the best humor in the film comes from J. Jonah Jameson. In each Spiderman film he’s been great and this time out it’s no different. Although his dialouge is well written I have to give the real credit to J. K. Simmons who’s acting really brings the character to life. There were a small few jokes that I thought we could have done without but all in all I thought all the humor in this movie was handled nicely.

The Villians! I’ve always liked the Sandman, and if you look at the picture at the beginning of this blog again you’ll know that I am very pro Venom. All this considered I could have easily put Villians under “The Bad” section of this blog. For now though I’ll tell you what I liked about them. The CGI for Sandman was fantastic and Thomas Hayden Church really fits this roll. Although his part in the movie was small he is the main villian here and what scenes he does have work out very well. Next we have the “New Goblin” or Harry Osbourne. Growing up I’ve always prefered Harry’s Goblin over his dad’s and these days are no different. James Franco has always been great in his role as Harry and althought I thought it was way to soon to bring any version of the Green or “New” Goblin back it turned out to be a great addition to the movie and his scenese were all exciting to watch. Although I disagree with how he died, I have to say it was cool to see the Goblin take Spidermans side and kick some symbiote ass!

Venom! Yep I am not putting Venom/Brock into the villians category because he deserves his own section here. When I learned that he was going to be in the movie I knew I would at least enjoy his scenes once the movie finally came out. I will talk about Venom again later under the bad section but for now lets stick to what kicked ass. First off I dont care what anyone says, Topher Grace was a great Eddie Brock/Venom. I thought he filled those shoes perfectly. Venom looked great, his or rather “thier” scenes were all gold! I was worried like I was with the original Xmen movie that Venom’s “retooled” look would not translate onto the big screen well. Although I miss the huge tounge Venom rocked. It’s just to bad he’s only in it briefly.

Bruce Campbell! I wont write to much here because well just having his name here tells you everything. šŸ™‚ Bruce is great in this movie as a French host at a fancy resturaunt…..let the humor ensue!

The Bad:

Everything I loved in this movie I also was very frustrated with. Outside of the acting which was great, the villians, story telling, etc all have huge downfalls.

First off lets take a look at the story. With so many villians, heroe’s and minor characters 2 1/2 hours of movie just doenst cut it. There were so many character arcs be them big or small and there simply wasnt enough time to build upon those and in some cases complete them. This was frustrating to say the least and I think both Sandman and Venom/Brock suffered from this the most. With the exception of Spiderman, MJ, and Harry whom we already got to know from the first two movies the rest of the characters fall flat and become one dimensional pieces that leave us wanting more…..in one case for me a WHOLE lot more!

Hmmmm…classic Superhero movie mistake that everyone at some point seems to think they can pull off. In Spiderman 3 we get 3 villians. I know that Venom was included at the urging of the movie studio and that Sam Rami sadly dislikes Venom and Carnage because they “lack humantiy” (Sam, this is what makes them GREAT, brutal souless villians!). I hate it when the “Suites” screw with movie and TV shows but in this case I’m glad they did. I’m only sorry that the director of this film didnt share the fan’s and studio exec’s opionions. Had Spiderman 3 gone with just one villian the movie would have had the proper pacing it deserved and so desperatly needs! Although I would have gone with Venom and the Maximum Carnage storyline Sandman is a cool villian and he could have carried this movie all by himself. To sum this part of the review up…..to much going on….to fast, to many characters and not enough character development!

Ok now onto the one thing that really upset me about this movie. Yep…Venom/Brock. I’ve know for a long time that he wasn’t going to have a huge part to play and that he’d only appear near the end of the movie but after watching Spiderman 3 I cant help but feeling let down. Perhaps it was due to the fact that Rami doesnt like the Symbiote villians but the handling of Venom/Brock just kills me. First of all I would have made Eddie Brock a background character in the first two movies and shown a number of scense where Peter Parker humiliates Brock so that by the time you got to the 3rd movie you would have really understood why “they” hate Spiderman/Parker so much! Eddie Brock gets done in by Peter Parker in one big scene (which did kick ass) and then he goes to the Bell Tower and becomes Venom as Peter removes the symbiote. To fast….to shallow. Venom could have carried this movie by himself and what really bothers me is that Venom is Spidermans arch and most dangerous enenmy (not counting Carnage) and an extremly threatening and dangerous presence, something I felt the movie did not convey. Ther’s a huge and long story of hatred between these two but the movie touches on none of this.

What I was really hoping to see was Venom be the one main villain of Spiderman 3 and then have the movie close with part of the symbiote making it’s way into an asylum fade to black…….fade back in we see Cletus Cassidy (who becomes Carnage) breifly being totally insane and then fade to credits…..oh man….to bad we’ll never see that. Venom and Carnage are fan favorites and I really believe that if done right the non-comic fans would really enjoy thier brutality. I really wanted to see Venom and Spidey team up too to battle Carnage. Oh well never to be.

You know…during the scene where Brock becomes Venom and again when he first battles Spiderman, people were cheering and clapping…..come on Rami, you can tell that’s really what they came to see….give it to us, let thier brutallity and insanity run wild on the big screen!

Ok, overall I’d have to say I love Spiderman 3. It’s a huge bag of mixed goods for me and I know alot of other people felt this way too. I do think it’s the best of the 3 but it’s just to fast, disjointed, shallow, and to short. I’m a fan of 4 hour movies so I was left with a feeling like I had just read a book with more than half the pages torn out. If you havent seen it and if you’re not a comic fan then you’ll probably see nothing wrong with the film! Enjoy

  1. fer says:

    Raimi prostituted venom’s image, we want guillermo del toro directing spiderman 4

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