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Spider-Man 3 May 7, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

This is one flick I’ve been waiting for a long long long time. I must say that the wait had built up an overdose of expectations. As the end credits rolled I actually had to think a lot to decide how I felt.

Let me put it better by comparing it with its two predecessors. This one has a better plot (a caveat though…can’t the writers imagine a different climax sequence rather than always having MJ hanging in the air), better action and better villains. The only bad part is that unlike the previous two movies after watching this one I have no inclination whatsoever for another sequel.It’s hard to enumerate why but one reason I can straightaway give is MJ…actually it’s Kirsten Dunst who was standing out like a sore thumb throughout. Wish they had given more of her screen time to Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard instead.

Okay, this time Parker has four new enemies to confront – his old friend Harry who is out to avenge his father as the “new goblin”, a symbiotic extra terrestrial substance which eagerly looks out for a host…blends with it and does a few bad things to it, Sandman – yet another product of radioactivity gone wrong (there’s a funny moment in the film after their first encounter when Parker wonders…”Where do all these guys come from!”) and finally Venom – the same old black substance when it gets bored with Maguire’s body and moves on to Topher. Since too much CGI and action can backfire there has to be a semblance of a plot so one around sulky good ol MJ is thrown in as usual.

I forgot to mention another good thing….this flick is lot more humorous than others in the series which brings in great relief especially when the weepy stuff paves way for boredom to set in. A recurring theme which I noticed in all the three movies is the fact that none of the bad guys are actually bad….incidentally all are victims of science gone haywire. And you can clearly see the religious connotations evident here – especially the use of the Church bells as an important plot device.

Tobey Maguire is charming as ever. No matter how much you might find his stuff repetitive you cannot help but like him. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Kirsten Dunst. A different looking and heavier Bryce Dallas Howard is effective in a small role. Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace are great as the villians. I must say that even though he has the smallest part of them all Topher was a delight to watch. The other regulars…especially James J.K. Simmons and James Franco are quite impressive.

Last heard news was that Sam Raimi was ready for another sequel but with the possibility of Tobey Maguire being out of it. Well, if that is the case I am pretty sure that’ll kill the successful franchise ingloriously. As you watch this one you can clearly see that the film-makers are kind of stuck with the basic plot which isn’t going anywhere and isn’t getting interesting either….and creating bigger and more interesting villains is not sustainable for long. So, I hope they end the franchise with one.

Depite my few complaints about Spidey 3, don’t think about it too much….just go and watch it. No matter what, this movie is definitely not worth missing. And yes…if possible catch it at an IMAX.


1. Sai - May 8, 2007

I haven’t been a big fan of the Spiderman movies and this one isn’t going to change that feeling. I did enjoy the first two films like I would most other blockbuster superhero movies. In comparison to the first two, this is an uneven attempt that appeals intermittently with the focus being on too many things. Nevertheless, I believe it has enough to ensure that the fans aren’t completely disappointed.

Sam Raimi is a first-class director but he is let down to an extent by the screenplay. I did like the idea of having more supervillains in the same flick but the script (Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent) isn’t as cohesive as I would have liked it to be. The action sequences were satisfying and the graphics were very good as usual (though it did feel like they could have been better at certain places). The comedic moments also score (with the “Where do all these guys come from?” line being the pick of those moments).

This film also has its share of melodramatic moments (that I was quite prepared for this time) but a sobbing Tobey was a bit too much to digest with a large part of the audience laughing about it. I am all for exploring the dilemma in a superhero’s mind but I wasn’t too happy with the melodrama in the first sequel and the same goes for this one too. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the culmination either.

Among the actors, I really enjoyed James Franco as Harry Osborn/The New Goblin this time and J.K. Simmons is superb as the editor once again. Another short performance that impressed me (particularly her use of body language) was the little known Mageina Tovah’s turn as Ursula, Peter Parker’s neighbor. Topher Grace (In Good Company, That 70s Show) is good as Venom but it was really hard to find him scary after watching him regularly on a television sitcom. On the other hand, Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) as Sandman fits the part of a supervillain. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, Lady in the Water) is wasted in a short role. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst reprise their roles in usual fashion (I wasn’t put off by Kirsten but I didn’t love her either).

As I write this, the domestic weekend collections for the film are said to be an unbelievable $151 million ($381 million worldwide). This wasn’t totally unexpected considering that the first two films were record-breaking as well. However, in tune with your thoughts, I also felt that many of us wouldn’t mind this being the last of the series (better to quit when the going is good).

2. simplymalayalees.com - April 2, 2008

Spiderman remake in Malayalam will be a sure shot superhit with the superhit action hero doing the lead role.

Suresh Gopi’s only worry is if people will recognize him with that mask and spiderman dress.

More Details @ http://www.simplymalayalees.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=344&PID=693#693

3. fornetti - August 31, 2008

I do not believe this

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