rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Look at little Goblin Junior, gonna cry?” 👍🏼
Best Scene: Penthouse Brawl
Spider-Man 3 has so much genuine greatness within. A lot of the CGI is spotty, yet the finale battle and subway fight are fantastic. The action sequences up the scope, and they work well for me. The penthouse brawl is also an absolute joy to watch, and it might be my favorite scene in the film. Honestly, the entire story has the feel and magic of the first two. I like aspects of Sandman and even Venom though Harry should have been the main villain. Harry’s character arc is fantastic, and I love where he ends in the third act. The emotions work so well. It was great seeing moments of friendship between Peter and Harry again, but the amnesia plot device is a bit lazy. The film creates these scenarios to kick out each villain at certain times. We start with Harry, get Sandman in the middle, and add Venom at the end. I like Sandman, and I do not hate the Uncle Ben retcon, though his motivation in the third act is somewhat unclear. Topher Grace as Venom is just sort of ridiculous. If they wanted to have Venom, alright, yet he is so lame anyways.
On the other hand, Tobey Maguire is as good as ever. Peter Parker starts to snap back at Mary Jane, which is so satisfying. I never understood why he kisses Gwen though Mary Jane has always been a floozy, so karma. Symbiote Spider-Man is "something else" too. The street dance is hilarious; I adore it. The "Bully Maguire" memes and quotable nature of the film will always stick with me. The film can get incredibly cheesy though the entertainment value keeps the pacing fast. Finally, I want to mention the overarching theme of forgiveness. I will not ignore this because it is executed pretty great, in my opinion. Whether it is with Harry, Sandman, or himself, Peter's lesson hits me hard. Honestly, I do not feel ashamed for thinking this is a good movie. Sam Raimi tried to land the ship, and the script tries to have a message. Spider-Man 3 is overstuffed and sometimes cringy, though it is a superhero film that undoubtedly tries to give the audience something true.
One of the great trilogies of all time!