Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 ★★½

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A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

I love Tobey memes as much as the next guy, and this film is full of glorious memes, but that doesn’t necessarily make for a good film. This movie is about as split down the middle as any other superhero film ever because it features just as many great moments as it does terrible. It’s crazy because I have so much nostalgia for the film, so I do enjoy revisiting it, but every single time I watch it feels like I am witnessing one massive missed opportunity. Tackling Sandman and only Sandman (maybe a bit of Harry) would have been the proper route, but instead they opt to throw in Venom. I don’t even mind what they did with Eddie here, awkward lines aside, but the story rushed almost everything about what he turns into. The character of Venom is useless from a story perspective, but he does provide Peter some good competition in the final battle. I also never loved the casting overall, as Topher Grace isn’t imposing enough for who Brock is supposed to be. Sandman’s transformation is circumstantially ridiculous, but that moment is so pure and beautifully crafted. After working for the Government, the idea of this collider not being fenced in (like around the hole in the ground) irritates everyone cell in my body, and then you have the guy who just pushes the button without checking. The scene cracks me up every time, but those were not the intentions.

Silly quips aside, the emotion from Sandman’s transformation is awesome, and you immediately feel for his character. Sadly, there are only two other real times when he returns, and the second time gives him nothing to say. The story could have taken so much more time for he and his daughter. Instead, we are having to cut back to Harry and MJ. This is fine because MJ’s storyline is always somewhat compelling, and seeing Peter angry is interesting, but it starts to take things too far. Peter embraces the black suit and turns into a character that feels slightly satirical. To change his personality is one thing, but to change his look is silly. I will not even mention the dancing and stupidity. Again, it’s genuinely hilarious, and I laugh every time, but it feels so tonally separated from literally everything this character has ever given us. This trilogy has always had a bit of cheese, but there has always been a nice balance. I found it hard to embrace it like I wanted to. Overall, it isn’t enough for me to dislike what the film gets right. We deal with plenty of important themes,  Peter dealing with heartbreak is interesting, and the film offers some great fight scenes. It is one that even Raimi himself says is a mess, and a lot of this comes from studio interference. I can’t help but to think that this could have been something special, but it ultimately and unfortunately fails its mission.

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