Moviestuff: Where’s the Spidey 3 Review?

I haven’t seen Spider-Man 3, yet. I could have gone on opening weekend, but I didn’t; I could probably find some time this weekend, but chances are I won’t. I’ll see it in the theater, but I’m clearly not rushing out, which — given my love of all things superheroic — is incredibly unusual.

So where’s the excitement about Spider-Man 3? I’m pretty sure it was snuffed out by Spider-Man 2.

See, I really enjoyed Spider-Man; it wasn’t perfect, but as superhero movies go it was pretty darn close. Then Spider-Man 2 was released. It had amazing action sequences and I loved the way Doctor Octopus was brought to the big screen, but — as I wrote in my 2004 review — the little annoying things I didn’t like about the first movie were amplified tenfold.

I own Spider-Man 2 on DVD, but I’ve never watched it. I watched a lot of the special features, but I haven’t sat down and watched the movie from beginning to end again. I know there’s a lot of really cool stuff in it, but I don’t want to sit through the syrupy melodrama to get to it. I suppose I could fast-forward through all the angst and preaching, but that feels like cheating somehow.

So I’m not in a big hurry to see Spider-Man 3, because somewhere along the line Sam Raimi decided that along with the proportional speed, strength and agility of a spider, Peter Parker also has the proportional melodrama of a daytime soap opera.

7 thoughts on “Moviestuff: Where’s the Spidey 3 Review?”

  1. Well in that case you’ll loooooove Spider-Man 3. Contains no angst at all. No siree.

    Ahem.

    Okay, it’s full of moaning and angst as usual but it’s still a fun little joyride of a film. It does have some painfully bad soap opera moments in it too though.

    Hell, just see it for J Jonah Jameson – he needs a film of his own!

  2. Well in that case you’ll loooooove Spider-Man 3. Contains no angst at all. No siree.

    Ahem.

    Okay, it’s full of moaning and angst as usual but it’s still a fun little joyride of a film. It does have some painfully bad soap opera moments in it too though.

    Hell, just see it for J Jonah Jameson – he needs a film of his own!

    When early casting announcements for Spider-Man were made, I noted that there was no mention of whether J.K. Simmons would reprising his role as Jolly Jonah. I’m all about the Jamesons, baby! (Bring on the Man-Wolf!)

    I’ll definitely see the movie, it’s just a matter of when.

  3. Um, don’t hurry. It was ok. It had its high momments but equally low points. Evens out to mediocre.

    oh, and happy B-day! Get any cool presents?

  4. Happy Birthday, KJ!

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, either… And for many of the same reasons.

    Yeah – Man-Wolf! Yeah…

    Thanks for that little reminder!

  5. Happy Birthday, KJ!

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, either… And for many of the same reasons.

    Yeah – Man-Wolf! Yeah…

    Thanks for that little reminder!

    My pleasure. I was tempted to dig up a picture of good old Man-Wolf, but I didn’t want to overdo it.

  6. I saw it yesterday. I won’t give any plot points away but it was disappointing. $300 million or so to make the film and it just kind of sat there. Very little went into script or character development (especially the villains – Venom and Sandman – think Two Face and Riddler in “Batman Forever” and then the whole thing with Harry Osborn – there didn’t seem to be enough film to handle three villains even at 150 mins). The whole Mary Jane and Peter Parker romance played like bad soap opera and I’m not sure this was the time to add Gwen Stacy and her father – although that’s a sure set-up for Spider Man 4. Maybe it’s time for Sam Raimi to step aside. However, it will make lots of $$$$$ I liked what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, maybe he could juice up Spider Man. Naw, just wishful thinking. I don’t want to ruin the film for you but I think you’ve pretty well got the thing pegged already.

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