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My Spider Senses are Tingling
"My spider-senses are tingling!" Not really, but I did have a lot of doubts about this movie, before I saw it. When I first heard there was going to three villains in this film and a new love interest, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), I was a tad skeptical. Thinking on how the heck would they be able to pull it off, and having the daunting task of introducing all those villains and their origins, in one movie; add a new love interest for Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire). However, this was Sam Raimi, and he did direct the past two movies that turned out great, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Don't get me wrong, "Spider-Man 3" is still a pretty good film for any Spidey fan to enjoy featuring mind blowing special effects and solid acting performances. Plus, Raimi does partially save what could've been otherwise a mediocre film. However, if this film is guilty of one thing, it's that they try to put too much into it, that probably never should've been there. Although, the fight scenes, acting and special effects made the movie decent, the movie doesn't live up to it's predecessors.
As for the special effects, I don't know how good the special effects will be in all of this summer's upcoming movies but unless they're damn near perfect, I don't see anyone winning the best special effects award at the Academy, this year, than this movie. As it seems like the special effects seem almost real, making it almost impossible to tell when they switch from the actors to the CGI characters, at times.
Tobey Maguire, Topher Grace, Thomas Hayden Church, James Franco, and Kirsten Dunst played their parts well too given the fact that they had to work with a mediocre rushed script. They managed to dish out palatable performances. Unfortunately, it seems like the script is a bit rushed, and it gives very little if any time to fully introduce all the characters properly. Rushing through all the villains origins as it doesn't give you the type of villain vs. hero rivalry that the other movies had. In fact, the only villain that was fully developed was Harry Osborne/New Goblin (James Franco), and that was only due to the previous films.
The movie, basically picks up where the last film left off where Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) has finally found a balance in his personal life and heroic obligations. However, he gets so caught up with his new found success that it goes to his ego to where he barely notices Mary Jane's (Kirsten Dunst) troubles as she loses her broadway job, and she's forced to work in a bar as a waitress/lounge singer. Unfortunately, things go down for Peter when he learns that the real killer of his beloved Uncle Ben was Flint Marko/Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church), so he seeks Flint for revenge. Plus, it seems like Harry is a chip off the old block because he decides to use the Green Goblin formula and technology to get revenge against the wall crawler, for killing his father in the first movie. To make matters even more worse for old web head is that Flint ends up in a nuclear fusion testing site while running from the law, and he ends up inheriting his powers to manipulate, control, and turn into sand, thus making him almost invulnerable. Needless to say Peter doesn't mind getting his new black suit, that enhances all his powers. Unfortunately, it comes with a price. Sure, it makes him strong enough to take on Sandman and Green Goblin, but it turns Peter into a huge jerk as he literally becomes the exact opposite of who he once was. Literally, as he tries to kill Sandman and goes to great lengths to make Mary Jane jealous with Gwen Stacy. Sadly, this also leads to a lot of cheesiness and gay dancing across downtown, New York. Don't ask, as it will probably make you think less of the "Spider-Man" series.
Unfortunately, this leaves very little if any justice to Venom/Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) as like Bane, in "Batman & Robin", he's just merely an afterthought as it seems like Raimi just threw him in there just for the heck of it. However, I will give Topher one thing, he was able to make more with less than any other actor probably could've with this part, with limited screen time, and a mediocre character development. (Warning The Rest of this paragraph has Spoiler Alerts!) Plus, when the heck can Venom be killed so easily by a freakin Pumpkin bomb? I mean when Spider-Man got hit with one of those, in the first movie, it just messed him up pretty badly, but it didn't kill him. Same thing happened when Harry got struck in the face with a pumpkin bomb, yet Venom dies from one! Come on, in the comics Venom was a heck of a lot stronger than Spider-Man and Green Goblin, so what the heck? Oh well, I guess it is befitting that he would die so easily in this film as it seems Sam doesn't even seem to give a damn about that character anyway, and it showed in this movie.
As for Thomas Hayden Church, he played a good Sandman. I especially liked how they gave him more of a backstory than the comic book version, where all the character was a thug. However, it seems Raimi makes it to where sure he's this unstoppable super villain, yet he's powerless to help his dying daughter. You can't help but relate to his character. Unfortunately, thats also the problem. At times, it seems like Raimi makes him too sympathetic. Sometimes, you don't know whether to root for Spidey to his *** or to just feel sorry for him throughout the film.
As for Harry's new alter ego, well his was the only one that was developed properly. That's assuming that anyone who watches this movie has seen the past two films prior to this viewing. Plus, the ending for his character seemed rather lame and since when did it become a rule that all good guys in movies have to have old person to give them advice on how to be good? I mean, from the last time I checked, I don't remember Harry having a butler, a real Alfred wannabe, act like his freakin father.
As for the rest of the movie, it had too many subplots that didn't need to be there too. Like the various love triangles with MJ, Peter, and Harry or the one with Gwen, MJ, and Peter. Oh yeah, and the weakest one, Eddie, Peter, and Gwen. Sheesh, it seems like Spider-Man 3 has more love triangles than a soap opera.
Although I've criticized this film, this film does have its good points too. Sure, it seems like Raimi tries to put too much into this movie, but he does stay true to the chemistry of Peter and Mary Jane. Indeed, without Raimi's direction concentrated around their relationship, this movie would've been lost in pure campiness. Indeed, Kirsten and Tobey carry this film as you can't help but root for their relationship to prosper.
Although, this film doesn't live up to the hype. I think any Spidey fan will agree, that this film will still be one great ride as long as you don't expect it to be as good as the previous movies.