Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 ★★

This is such a disappointment compared to the first two. 

Somewhere in the middle of all this there’s a version of the film that has so much potential, but it gets so messy it becomes several films being juggled into one and it can’t keep everything in the air. The film tries to balance the revenge-seeking Harry Osborne, Eddie Brock’s Venom, the Sandman, Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship, and the massive turn the film takes to present the unforgivable “Emo Peter Parker,” resulting in unsatisfying writing decisions that turn almost every character into an antagonist at least at some point in the film. Peter becomes completely unrecognizable from his previous two outings. All the villain introductions felt scrambled conveniently together in order to somehow work in the writing.

Example: the writers have the Venom symbiote literally fall out of the sky next to Peter Parker. 

This trilogy draws a lot of similarities with George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. Both sets of films contain comically bad writing, some particularly flat performances, and clearly dated visuals. While generally speaking I think Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy has more respect, both have actually aged into beloved trilogies that are so deep into their personality that their flaws have been accepted as part of the charm. 

There are a few redeeming qualities, as there are a couple cool action sequences, but overall the trilogy loses its touch in the disastrous Spider-Man 3

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