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Friday, May 4, 2007

Reviewing Spiderman 3

WARNING: This review refers to specific details that could spoil the movie for you if you haven't seen it yet.

The ratings on are very telling (a 6.3 average out of ten). Spiderman 3 was a disappointment.

I liked the opening scenes and the action was good, but I couldn't swallow the crowds cheering during several scenes and during the final battle. Sandman, contrary to published opinion, was not a sympathetic character. Even though he did not kill Uncle Ben on purpose, he still caused unparalleled destruction and it was impossible that everyone he attacked could have lived.

Venom was believable, albeit his alliance with Sandman was not (since we were led to believe that Sandman did not want to kill anyone). And they should have cut out that scene where Harry threatens MJ, it ruined his image and I found myself wondering at his sudden conversion and sacrifice. Also, Harry was not nearly as strong nor as agile and quick as his father, so he never presented a genuine threat to Peter. In the beginning Spiderman, just as soon as he gets the ring, is focused and soundly whips the new goblin.

I'm curious to know what you think of this movie. Feel free to comment; the group of us that went to the movie came out with a general feeling of less-than-we'd-expected.


Shayna said...

We saw Spiderman 3 at the IMAX theatre. We too were disappointed. The sensuality in the movie disturbed us greatly. But we were able to pass out a few hundred gospel tracts. Praise God for that!

Scott said...

Shayna, I think I need to hang out in your's and Tony's circles for a little while! We think alike. I believe that when we excuse the wickedness we are just as guilty as the next man--not to say I'm not, I've made too many mistakes--but it doesn't make it right and it doesn't mean we shouldn't change the way we view our entertainment.

Kare Alethieas said...

I actually quite enjoyed it. I was seething at Peter for quite a few scenes, but overall, thought it was a great movie. I really didn't think the sensuality *that* bad, compared to other things. The only thing that was even close to iffy was the dance sequence at the jazz club, and it was by no means the worst.

I found Harry's conversion completely believable. He's a man haunted by his father's death, who wanted revenge on who he thought killed his father. When he found out that his father really did kill himself (which, it was his fault, thought it was an accident both ways), anything he could have had against Spiderman was gone. And he didn't threaten MJ as much as he threatened Peter, through her. If I'm remembering correctly, he said "If you want to see Peter alive again, you'll do exactly as I tell you." Honestly, I was close to teary-eyed when Harry died. Which is big for me- the last movie I cried at was the Gladiator, at the end.

Scott said...

I think that one of the worst ideas in this movie was killing Harry. He was my favorite character and (I can't remember the actor's name) is an amazing actor.

I didn't hate the movie but I couldn't connect with it. But don't worry, Kare, my brother says he loves it.


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