Spiderman 3 Doesn't Suck
Spider-Man is—generally speaking—one of those things you either pick up as a kid, or just never manage to get into. Personally, I fall down on the ‘never’ side. I like Spider-Man, I think he’s an all-round good guy, but I don’t quite see the fascination. Nope siree, I’ll take the (first two) X-Men any day of the week.
Now Brian and Morten both seem to think that the fault is placed squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Raimi… Both of them that is, for writing a sub-par screenplay. But man, those guys wrote, and here it comes, motherfucking Army of Darkness, so you’d best get down on your knees and pay some respect!
But really, the first Spider-Men was kinda fun because it was playful, but other than that? Meh. I mean, who really cares about the Green Goblin? I loves me some Willem Dafoe, but the B-grade of that character puts Hammer Horror to shame! Nonetheless, I was entertained throughout (though its unrealistic earnings always annoyed me; I felt they were undeserved).
And the second? Pretty much a rehash of the first, for all intents and purposes. But again, entertained.
Now I had some trepidation in regards to the handling of a new love interest, a professional competitor, Venom, Sandman, Goblin, the whole MJ crisis and dealing with
the ring the black suit.
But you know what; all things considered, they did a pretty damn nice job of serving all those masters and still keeping the film moving at a good pace.
And Morten; the flag? Come on, Spider-Man is only topped in US patriotism by the be-all-end-all boyscout, Superman; and the ‘posing with the flag’ was in both the previous movies. If you want to complain, you have my permission to complain about the horribly long intro or the somewhat lousy digital stunt doubles, but when you go to see American superheroes unfold, you know what to expect.
Now we can argue about the Peter Parker goes loco sequence; that was a bit odd. But ultimately I thought the whole MJ/Parker split-up was well-played and touching.
I don’t even want to start thinking about the amount of pressure Sam Raimi must have been under from Sony Pictures and Marvel. This franchise, epitomized by this one movie, can literally make or break both those companies! It probably cost a fortune, and it is slated to cash in big time! And so it best be a crowd pleaser, or else…
But in the end, Spider-Man is a kids movie, and if I was a kid, I would have loved it. As it stands, I still feel a disconnect from being fifteen to twenty years late to the game, and so I was merely entertained for a few hours.
But being entertained for a few hours in front of the silver screen is itself something of a feat it seems, and so Spider-Man gets a pat on the back and a ‘do it for the kids’ to go with my popcorn.