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Spiderman 3 - the hero movie of movies,
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May 3rd, 2007, most possibly the highlight of the year (so far).
Having been a fan of the first Spiderman movie, and a little more critical of the second, I walked into the cinema with some mixed expectations to say the least.
Upon hearing that there would be a number of 'bad-guys' really impressed me, but at the same time confused me. Surely Green Goblin (Jr), Sandman, and Venom, seemed to overload the already full screenplay. And that isn't even mentioning the addition of a new love interest.
The storyline (without giving much away), follows Parker in a city where Spiderman is loved and Mary Jane loves him back. But he has to combat the combined threat of an old friend seeking revenge, a convict desiring wealth, a young man wanting what he doesn't have, and finally his greatest enemy - himself.
Surely my rating shows that I wasn't disappointed.
The opening credits introduced a brief but completely relevant history of Parker's story , thus meaning that everyone knows approximately where the previous movie finished. From this point, one of the many things that impressed me was the just how funny the film is, which, given that the storyline gets somewhat dark and very serious at times still manages to make you laugh, where perhaps similar situations would make you cry. Although some could argue that this is over-done, it works very well with the storyline; where some similar comic-turned-movies have suffered.
The second thing that struck me was the amazing special effects, which made some of the most seemingly impossible actions seem convincing; almost like you see them on the streets every other day. Notably, the effects of the both Venom and Sandman were absolutely superb, surpassing films such as the Matrix trilogy for the awe factor. The combined use of these effects during the amazing fight scenes and the quieter bits, make it visually stunning.
But, the one thing that really stopped me liking this film and started me loving was how the film was structured. Mr Raimi is ultimately responsible for this (as the director). As i mentioned earlier, the screenplay is pretty damn full, yet somehow the movie is not too short, nor too long; so (your thinking) everything must be 'crammed' in; the answer is simply no. While there may seem to be too much content covered, it is done at a depth which neither wants the viewer to speed up or slow down; again something very rarely done to such a high standard.
These points combined with a fantastic cast make the movie. All the cast perform wonderfully has their respective characters, Maguire is on fine form, and Franco makes the Goblin live again. Grace (Venom) and Church (Sandman) also perform superbly. The only member of the cast who disappointed me was Kirsten Dunst, who didn't quite seem to be on the ball, as she was in the previous two. The surprise for me was J.K. Simmons (Jameson), who was superb as the editor of the Bugle.
Overall, I would advise any movie goer to watch this movie, since it displays so many fantastic qualities; which are far too many to list. Although, it may be a little too much for a small child to sit through, but it will leave many kids (and adults) with their mouths wide open.
The reason for the four stars you ask? If I could choose fraction a below five, I would. The reason for this slight drop is the fact that we will almost certainly never get a Spiderman 4 (which is probably for the best), but its the 'end of an era' kind of feeling.