Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 ★★★

sure the theme of internal darkness and hubristic hero struggle is literalized to the point of absurdity, but it's wrought with passion and a fluid style that emphasizes emotions earnestly and makes for a genuinely exciting experience.  Not only does this have better action than essentially all of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe, but even moments like Aunt May's speach to Peter before he plans to propose to Mary Jane, or Sandman's flashbacks to Uncle Ben's death—clichéd story moments, ones that are expected before the film even begins—are imbued with a sense of wholeness, of belonging. I'll take that over the falsely telegraphed emotions of some other films that I shall not name, where emotional choices feel more akin to being chosen by the netflix algorithm as opposed to the work of an artist.

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