Spiderman 3

The doubt began when I saw three bad guys in one of the later Spiderman 3 trailers — Harry’s Green Goblin, the Sandman and Venom. How could they pack three bad guys into the one film and manage to establish worthwhile sympathy for them? How could they also include the arguably more interesting life struggles of Peter Parker, and reflect them craftily in the black-clad, nasty Spiderman alter ego?

Turns out they couldn’t.

As the credits rolled, there was an audible sigh of relief from a good chunk of the audience. While there were enjoyable parts of the film, it just didn’t keep the audience going through the entire two and a half hours.

As Pia and I walked home, we pondered how to split the story arc into two films (which could have been made in a similar way to the final two chapters of Lord of the Rings or Pirates of the Carribean), to add three dimensions to the bad guys, and improve the audience sympathy for all the characters.

So ultimately, that defines my five word review for Spiderman 3: It should’ve been two films.

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11 Responses to Spiderman 3

  1. Toby Smithe says:

    I saw Spiderman 3 on Saturday. I rather enjoyed it, not only because the film, although it had its poorer parts, was fun, but also because I wished I was playing in the orchestra performing the music. It has a wonderful soundtrack 🙂

  2. John says:

    Spiderman 3 was bad! The story was all over the place, they tried to add too much drama. Spiderman is supposed to be an action movie. ie It should have great stunts, kick-ass CGI and a good story. The CGI was good, there wasnt enough action and the story was bad.

    Roll on Pirates.

  3. Andre Pang says:

    “It should’ve been two films” — like The Grindhouse? 🙂

  4. jdub says:

    Ha ha. Lord no. Two full-length feature films, perhaps released within a few months of each other, to keep the interest on the boil.

  5. Daniel Nixon says:

    *Spoilers Ahead*

    So much in this movie made me cringe… Let me list the moments that stuck in my mind.

    *”Dear God, please kill Spiderman”. I have no love for Christianity and this offended even me. What a stupid line.
    *”Wicked Cool!” Annoying child’s dialogue.
    *The stars and stripes waving in the background upon Spidey’s heroic return. Lame…
    *The Montage where Peter struts sleazily down the street. By this point I was just laughing hysterically at everything in this stupid film.
    *The Jazz lounge scene. Terrible.
    *The Butler’s speech. Terrible.

    The movie should probably have been in 2 installments as jdub suggests, but that’s not my main problem with it. Even as 2 films it would still suffer from all the same flaws. The first sequel was a good movie! How could Raimi screw up so badly on this one?

  6. Jesse says:

    My two big beefs with the film: Sandman was totally unnecessary and the Venom storyline seemed like it came from nowhere.

    Really, what purpose did Sandman serve? My guess is that they wanted someone to help establish the way in which the black costume changed Peter’s personality. But what scene with Sandman couldn’t have been replaced by a scene with Harry or MJ?

    And Venom was out of left field. I was wondering how they could do both the black costume story and the Venom origin story in one movie and it turns out the answer is “not very well.”

    If Peter remained in the black costume throughout movie I could have seen this being like Empire Strikes Back. Spider-Man 4 could then be about Venom. Maybe they thought a dark, inconclusive ending would turn off the kid audience? *shrug*

  7. jdub says:

    Jesse, YES! We were totally psyched about the idea of an ESB style third chapter, ending with:

    • an apparent victory against the Sandman, by abusing the power of the black suit
    • the breakdown of Peter Parker’s friendships with MJ and Harry
    • Peter realising his selfishness, breaking free of the black suit — which, having a whole film to itself, would hopefully be better explained than “space goop”
    • the creation of Venom (though this could be done as a flashback in the first act of the fourth chapter)
    • … then seeing the muddy Sandman rising from the sewers in the final 30s!

    Then there’s a whole film to develop Venom, recover Peter’s friendships, witness the return of the Sandman, and finish with the ultimate battle… in which you’d actually care about all of the characters.

  8. Nik says:

    The only part I can remember enjoying was the cool opening with the recap. Probably the best summary I’ve seen to start off a movie, but the rest was 90% crying. When I go to something like Spiderman, I expect certain things. I don’t expect Action scenes and compelling plot to be a small fraction of the movie. If I wanted to see lots of crying I am sure I could find something else (and the dialogue would probably have been better).

  9. Lukas says:

    Jeff, that is exactly how I felt after the film on friday night …

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