"A Step down from the mighty highs of its Predecessor"
On the verge of completing a perfect 3/3 score after two spectacular films, Spiderman 3 becomes Sam Raimi’s final installment in the franchise. The main cast remains unchanged with Tobey Maguire reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spiderman, Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane Watson and James Franco as Harry Osborn. They’re joined alongside Topher Grace( That 70's Show) Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurrasic World) and Thomas Haden Church(Easy A) . Following the events of the almost perfect Spiderman 2, Peter Parker has finally found some measure of happiness, he finally got the girl of his dreams and Spiderman is loved by the people of New York. However, it’s not all rosy, his best friend Harry is thirsting for revenge against Peter and a meteorite containing a gooey substance from another planet lands on earth.
You remember how hyped we all were for the Matrix Reloaded, but it ended up being terrible? Yup, the same thing happened here. Now, the film starts off well, Peter tells Aunt May he is going to propose to MJ and she recounts how Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) did it, this is a good scene. Right after, we get a fight scene between harry and peter and “oh my!”
The CGI is painful to watch, it’s like a video game cut scene. The CGI used in the previous installments was very minimal and it worked great, however, in this film it is distracting.
An issue such as this could have been ignored if the script was polished better which leads me to the major problem with this movie. Spiderman has to battle 3 villains in this film, Venom, Harry and the Sandman. Each of these villains needs to receive appropriate character development and screen time for us to care about them, this is not the case here. With exceptions made to Harry given the
excellent writing for the character in the two previous films while the other villains are undercooked, especially Sandman. Because there are so many subplots, the film is messy. A factor that plays a major hand in this is studio interference.
With all that said, there is still good in this film. Peter’s transformation into the black suit is chilling and the musical score that accompanies it is great. The tension between Peter and Harry leads to an epic white-knuckle fight. And later on in the film, when they team up it is refreshing to see. Despite how underwhelming this film is, the strength of the last two films gives it a pass in my book.