Spiderman 3 - Review

Like our favourite neighbourhood web-slinger, and his dark alter-ego, my opinion of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3 is divided. Depending on your personal interest and/or expectations of this movie, you may leave the theatre with two completely different opinions.

To satisfy the die-hard, stand-in-line-for-hours-to-catch-the-first-glimpse-of-Spidey fanatics, I will start with the positive.

With movie prices being extremely inflated these days, I’m a strong believer that not every movie is worth watching on a 50’ screen. Keep the drama in the living room people -- I don’t need to see 20’ tears. If you like action, you must see Spiderman 3 in theatres. The action starts early and keeps your head twisting for most of the movie. The speed at which the action comes at you leaves little time to analyze, or even judge, the quality of the Computer Generated Imagery. The camera angles are fantastic and leave most viewers squirming and ducking in their seats.

The C.G.I. Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) is detailed down to the last grain and possesses powers that would make his two-dimensional comic book counterpart resemble kitty litter. The New Goblin (James Franco) is a faster, more acrobatic, version of his predecessor. If you’re not a fan of roller-coaster rides, you may want to look way for his fight scenes. Venom (Topher Grace) is probably the most impressive character in the colourful bunch of super villains. His lack of remorse and bite-first, ask-later attitude leaves the audience wishing the movie were about him and not Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire). Plain and simple, anyone looking for high-flying action and eye popping graphics will get their money’s worth with this movie.

Now for the negative. If you’re looking for the typical devices that come along with a quality movie or good storytelling your hopes may be slightly deflated after watching this flick. THERE IS NO STORY. There are many under-developed sub plots that are cleaned up conveniently in time to end the movie but the overall point behind the movie is lost somewhere between the C.G.I. and the introduction of new characters.

The introduction of three villains in one movie is overkill. The viewer is left with the impression that Sandman was only introduced to showcase how talented the C.G.I. team is. His story is rushed and utterly useless. His motivation, creation and purpose are ill-developed. Due to his appearance in the movie, we are left with very little from the far more impressive Venom. Venom and Goblin would have been more than enough evil action for Spidey and would have probably helped to cut the movie down to a more appropriate length.

Even though this movie is by far the weakest of the Spiderman series thus far, I still think it’s a great movie... if you know what to expect. Do not expect it to win any awards for the story, acting or direction. Do expect it to win for Costume design and special effects.

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church

Rhyme Revolution Rating: * * *

Reviewed by: Bruce Ramsay