The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains in the third installment of the blockbuster adventure series.
Runtime: 2hr 19m
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell, Theresa Russell, Dylan Baker, Bill Nunn, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Banks
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Sam Raimi’s final take on the famous web slinger falls a little flat.
Taking place a short while after “Spider-Man 2”, Peter Parker plans to propose to girlfriend MJ who is now a Broadway actress. He soon gets followed by an alien symbiote without his knowledge and eventually it starts to bond with him – exaggerating his most negative traits and eventually give birth to fan favourite Venom!
Other famous villains Sandman and Green Goblin also make an appearance though we would be entering spoiler territory for those who never got round to watching it before. It’s left to Spider-Man to clear up the city, balance his personal life and battle with the darkest aspects of his personality.
I’ve got to say to begin with that this movie is a mess. Overstuffed with far too many characters. The pacing is all over the place and the retcons make zero sense. Mis-casts are plenty and the runtime is utterly painful coming in at just under two hours and twenty minutes.
Like many have said before though this movie’s biggest let down is how it treats Venom. Possibly one of the most beloved foes in Spider-Man’s long history is relegated to something much tamer and barely gets any screen time. Something just feels odd. The rest of the characters seem to be crammed in for fan service (or studio service) and barely have any chance to evolve or complete an arc – and yet I don’t hate this film.
It’s cringe elements play into its overall cheesy vibe, which has been a factor from the beginning of the series but that very quirkiness ensured it understood how silly the concept is and stopped it ever getting too serious. It’s special effects, while a little dated today, still hold up relatively well and never take you out of the experience.
“Spider-Man 3” has many flaws and is most certainly the weakest of the trilogy, but if you’re after switching your brain off for a couple of hours and don’t think too hard about things you will be entertained enough.
Now that the MCU looks to make these movies cannon then there’s no better time to give it a shot. It’s probably not as bad as you remember it to be…. but then again, there is that dance…!
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