I'll admit it; I was worried.
Sequels are always an iffy proposition, and sequels to sequels
have, with very few exceptions, roundly sucked. Raimi has an
excellent track record, but I just didn't know if he could pull
Happily, he did. Spider-Man 3 is a thrilling action
movie that never loses its heart.
Now don't get me wrong. This isn't a perfect movie. Alvin
Sargent and Ivan Raimi did a good job tying everything together
and keeping it both fast-moving and comprehensible. But much
of the movie is just plain cluttered as it tries to work in
three separate villains as well as bringing in Gwen Stacy.
The Sandman effects are awesome, and Thomas Haden Church does
a good job with the character, but the whole storyline just
doesn't feel necessary when all is said and done.
The key to why this movie works (and why the previous two
worked, as well) is the characters, plain and simple. The returning
ensemble was amazing, with James Franco's performance really
standing out. Both Peter and Harry get to take a walk on the
dark side, and Maguire and Franco shine.
Topher Grace was an excellent addition as Eddie Brock both
before and after the Venom suit. It just speaks well of the
actors as well as the director that their differing reactions
to the black suit are entirely in character: Peter Parker becomes
a dorky jackass who wants to embarrass his ex, while Eddie Brock
becomes a supervillain who wants to destroy Peter Parker.
If you liked the previous movies, you'll like this one, too.
I wouldn't mind seeing more episodes of this story (providing
all of the principles return), but if this is the last
Spider-Man, then it's a good, solid note to go out on.
Demand more RevolutionSF Spider-Man
3 reviews! You deserve it.