Having just come back from watching Spiderman 3 I have to say I feel cheated, and utterly disappointed.
Why?- because there was potential to make a great film that was at least equal to/better than the first 2 films. Instead , the film is a mixed bag of some great moments , awesome special effects and umm...darn stupid director decisions and weak acting.Yikes. Start off with the positives prehaps.There was some pretty damn cool fight scenes and (mostly) throughout there was some impressive special effects.The sandman for example was very well created as a CGI character...but others just didnt quite add up.There was also some genuine moments of charm like the original films and some particular scenes/characters that got a few laughs.The film did well on action and stuff and that was very entertaining.
But moving onto the negative aspects- There was several things in this film that were totally stupid and ruined the movie for me.First of all - it was a very poor decision to have so many villians/new characters and yet fail to develop a single one of them much further as characters.It's cool that the film has so many villians but there comes a point where the story just becomes muddled and rather silly with so many characters.The first 2 films had like 1 main villian and I think thats really best as it allows more attention on other parts of the film.A special mention must be said for Venom in the film...one of the greatest comic book villians ever and he gets about 10 mins on screen.Not only that but it actually looks nothing like venom...why tack that aspect onto the story? It didnt to the character any justice at all...sad.The narrative as a whole never tied up.
My main gripe would have to be the way that Peter Parker was shown as slowly changing and being corrupted by the symbiote suit.Instead of Parker being shown as a more evil and dark spiderman...what do we get?- some of the most cringeworthy scenes I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.Sam Raimi basically turned Peter Parker into a sterotypical Myspace emo/John Travolta hybrid.Nothing more.I recall a scene where Peter walks up to a mirrror and puts his hair down over his eyes.This got nothing but laughs and muttering of "emo" around the cinema I went to.Another scene sees Peter walking down a street lik John Travolta from Saturday Night fever and swagging along dancing...why?...this got nothing but continous laughs and gasps of horror from the auidience.People actually couldnt believe how stupid this was.To add to the stupidity- Peter also about 10 mins later starts to dance in a jazz bar like a moron...again..why?
And thats not all - the film is riddled with these cringe-worthy scenes that made people in the cinema I went to laugh and be amazed at how stupid/misplaced scenes were.Another example would be Mary Jane singing twice in the movie (as if the first wasnt enough) , Harry and Mary Jane doing "the twist" together in the kitchen , Tobey Mauguires general bad acting , and a "news report" scene showing the worst actorI have EVER seen in a movie before...again...the audience just laughed at the stupidity of this woman with a strong English accent reporting for New York in a scene that was so poorly acted it could have been from a B-Movie.Why did they let just stupid things like that slip? Another example would be a scene where Spiderman swings up for a few seconds infront of an American flag which fills up THE ENTIRE SCREEN.Again , this achieved nothing but gasps/laughs at how stupid and misplaced this was.Overall - people were laughing at the "serious" parts when we were shouldnt have which just made the movie seem really silly.Acting was poor from the main actors overall.
When the film ended I heard some people cheer for that fact.I wouldnt quite say it was that bad but it certainly was a mixed bag of stuff that never really came together at all despite hoping it would from the very start.Shame the $500 million reported budget didnt go to something else besides special effects.
What did you think of the film?
I liked the film. I agree there were some pretty horrid scenes, but I needed to remind myself this IS Sam Raimi(Army of Darkness, anyone?) & a movie based on a comic book. Overall, I feel it was worth the money I spent, & I will definitely add it to my dvd collection. I did hate the dance scene( really, really gay), though.
I enjoyed the movie, and It really was pretty good overall, but I also agree with a lot of what you posted. When compared to the previous Spiderman movies it doesn't hold a candle, and it was a pretty random movie at points. But overall it wasn't too bad, and I think it was worth it to see it.
I'd probably give it like a 6 out of 10.
Too much lovey-dovey MJ, not enough kick-ass Venom.
Yannick;3666240Too much lovey-dovey MJ, not enough kick-ass Venom.
Too much screen time was given to show what the symbiote was doing to Peter, rather than having Venom. Infact, I think most people who are unfamiliar with anything in the spiderman fandom but the movies would not have known that character was named venom, aside from media spoilers and the trailer.
Although Harry's "Second green goblin" scenes were entertaining, they took the spotlight away from Spiderman, who is supposed to be the hero. And killing Harry in the end didnt really resolve anything, it was just done for the purpose of a dramatic moment.
Personally, I dont see how they will be able to successfully continue the story now that both Harry and Veno mare dead. Not to mention that the Spiderman character doesnt seem like it can go any further.
I liked the movie, but it wasn't nearly as good as the first two parts. The "evil" Peter Parker reminded me of Austin Powers, maybe a decision that was made for marketing-reasons (a truly evil Spiderman might have changed the PG-rating).
I liked it. And I don't think Parker was emo - but I can see how the hair over the face portrayed that.