“Magnificent 1st act, but flounders substantially for almost an entire hour.
Loose ends begin to meet before a rather formulaic tie up. Does not outperform
the first two films.”
So? If a sequel doesn’t “Outperform” the prior movies, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Heck, if you loved the first two, and thought the performance was the same … doesn’t that mean, logically, that you would love the 3rd movie?
“A disappointment. Spidey keeps his mask off and weeps. Everyone cries. I hated
the silly monolith sad sack Sandman. Did Dunst’s contract stipulate she sing two
If you have a problem with Peter Parker keeping the mask off and showing emotion, then apparently you don’t understand the Spiderman character. You’re not Stan Lee — stop trying to tell us what Spidey should do when anyone whose read the comic understands why he showed emotion.
As for Kirsten Dunst — she did sing two songs, at the broadway show and at the very end.
“One has to consider that the film’s problems — and they are numerous — may be
the product of the franchise’s runaway popularity.”
The problem is fools like you who think every sequel has to blow away the previous movie. The problem is unrealistic expectations.
And, by the way, I doubt the studio execs care about the problem of “runaway popularity.” Last I checked, movie-making is a BUSINESS. The dollars this movie raked in indicates: 1. there are a lot of Spidey fans out there and 2. there will be more sequels.
That’s the bottom line.
“All in all, the fun has simply gone out of it.”
Huh? Look, if you’re tired of Spidey, then know thyself and don’t see the movie!
And, excuse me, but this was a darker movie — it wasn’t necessarily meant to be all fun and games. Parker was battling inner demons, for goodness sake!
And don’t tell me the 1st two movies were all about “Fun.” Doc Ock killing doctors at a hospital was fun? Green Goblin incinerating execs was fun?
Talk about a desensitized, cynical audience member!
“After spinning two wonderful superhero yarns, Raimi and his collaborators
appear to be running low on the webbing of inspiration.”
Double-huh? If anything, they could’ve expanded the storyline and made a trilogy out of this one movie!
And it’s not like they didn’t leave things open to speculation — like, what will become of Gwen and Captain Stacy? Will Peter marry M.J.? Will Sandman stay out of trouble? Will Dr. Connor mess with the Venom sample he got from Peter?
There’s tons of material here. Anyone who says Sam Raimi was running low on inspiration is someone who is tired of Spidey — again, know thyself.
“It’s mostly enjoyable. But it’s a limping effort compared with the first two.
The trilogy hobbles to a finish when it should have soared.”
Can we talk about this trilogy business for a second? I know that’s how Hollywood markets movies these days, but any Spidey fan KNOWS that the story is ONGOING. They could make a million Spiderman movies, if there was demand. This isn’t Lord of the Rings, with a finite set of pages to translate for the movies — this is 40+ years of stories, villains, etc.
Anyway, this movie did not “Hobble.” It rocked. The culmination of the feud between Harry and Peter was great. The character development of Sandman was excellent. The sniveling lameness of Eddie Brock was on the money. The communication problems between Peter and M.J. were so real.
I think some people just don’t like seeing themselves on the screen. I think the character storylines hit a little too close to home.
“Aesthetically and conceptually wrung out, fizzled rather than fizzy, this
latest installment in the spider-bites-boy adventure story shoots high, swings
low and every so often hits the sweet spot, but mostly just plods and plods
I really believe that this person feels fizzled and wrung out. This person is using the movie as a mirror on their own life, seeing their own weaknesses and foibles.
If you wanted Spiderman 2, uh … like, watch Spiderman 2 again?
“Raimi makes just about every wrong move in the sequel playbook, substituting
scope and scale for the warmth and wit that made those two previous pictures so
memorable. In this case, more is less.”
I think people hated seeing Peter not get along with M.J. and act like an average personality type six while wearing the black suit.
I guess people missed it when Dr. Connor explained that the symbiote would cause the wearer to act more aggressively?
I think Raimi did a great job of explaining why Peter was acting so average — the stress of revisiting Uncle Ben’s death, the stress of a relationship with M.J., the stress of being Spiderman, the stress of the new suit/symbiote, not having money to pay the bills, having to compete with Eddie Brock for a job at the Bugle … I guess people don’t want to relate, or admit they might want to feel like Peter with the Venom suit on … surely a parallel can be drawn between the intoxicating power of the Venom suit and the high people experience while drinking, smoking, or doing drugs?
Again — it hit close to home for these audience members. They wanted to escapism, not realism. Spidey has always been a realistic, down-to-earth character, so no apologies need to be made for this.
“No one will feel cheated — the movie isn’t a careless cop-out — but somehow
Spidey has gotten tangled up in his overlong, overdone and underthought web.”
Without getting into spoiler details, I thought the ending, with him standing with the umbrella, was a great scene. It parallelled the first movie in so many ways.
I bring that one scene up as one of many examples that disprove the above comment. Anyone who suggests this movie was “underthought” must have been in the wrong frame of mind when watching.
“I liked that last Spider-Man so much that I walked into 3 will a full head of
residual good will. But after 2 1/2 hours of empty summer movie, my supply was
pretty much exhausted.”
I think I’m exhausted by these empty comments.
“Raimi and his collaborators have fallen into the same traps that have ensnared
both the Batman and X-Men franchises. Too much often resulting in not enough.”
One, I’m not buying the comparison between the Batman and X-Men movies. The Batman series just had a rebirth, and the X-Men trilogy wasnever as bad as the “Batman and Robin” film.
Second, “Too much” in this case means that the movie merits repeat viewings. The more you see it, the more you’ll get out of it. I can’t wait to take my wife to see it … you know, when we have money after paying “Rent!”
“It’s a towering disappointment.”
Yawn. What a boring, useless comment. Vapid.
Spiderman 3 was a terrific movie. Go see it.