So I went to the midnight showing of Spiderman 3 tonight. Firstly, let me say that there are no spoilers, reveals, or anything of that nature here, so you’re free to read on.
I went into the movie with all the high expectations as one normally would given the huge success of the previous movies. The previous movies offered great stories, involved villains, and amazing CGI and camera work. This movie hits on most of these, and I say most due to the fact that there are a total of three villains in this movie. This is perhaps the largest departure in form from the other movies that the executive producers and Sam Rami took with Spiderman 3.
Many people wondered would their be time to fully develop the antagonistic characters to a believe able point and still tell the rest of the Spiderman story. While I can honestly (and safely) say that the human side of the story suffered no set backs, the development of the bad guys took a major blow. Harry Osborn’s story was almost completely told during the last few minutes of Spiderman 2, and it takes no great leap in imagination to go from Spidey 2 to Spidey 3 in that respect. Of the two new characters, well, lets just say one story is told fairly well from the beginning, and the other story is…well…let’s just say it wasn’t one of Rami’s strong points in this movie. Honestly, however, I firmly believe that the three villains in this story could have, and probably should have, been developed in their own movie. The struggle between Harry and Peter was too great to be settled the way it was. The Venom story is a greatly loved Spiderman favorite the world around and, in my mind, deserves the full attention of both the director and the audience. The sandman story, like the Doc Oc story was pretty ok, but I would’ve liked to have seen more character development around him, as well.
People who are looking to this movie to further the human story of Peter Parker and Spiderman will not be disappointed. Others who are looking for the stylistic moves and camera work popularized by the first two movies also won’t be disappointed, but I will say there’s more of one than the other.
Overall, it was a good movie, but not a great one. If this had been Spiderman 2, I would’ve been happy and content to wait until the DVD release of Spidey 3. In all honesty, it felt a bit rushed. I understand that there’s no solid script for a Spidey 4, and even if there is a preliminary script for a fourth movie, Sam Rami hasn’t committed to it just yet. After all, he’s seriously considering taking over The Hobbit from Peter Jackson if Jackson and New Line Cinema can’t settle that nasty payment issue from The Fellowship of the Ring. Besides, Maguire and Dunst, the series’ two biggest stars, have both stated that they aren’t willing to sign on to a possible Spidey 4 unless the other and Sam Rami are involved. Beyond that Maguire has recently become “Daddy Spidey” with the birth of his first daughter. He’s also engaged and, as any guy knows, that just changes things.