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NOT. VERY. GOOD.,
This review is from: Spider-Man 3 (2-Disc Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
Right I've got roughly 400 words for this review. The film cost about $250 million, so lets say each word is worth about $625,000. Meaning by this point I have, in theory, wasted approx $13,750,000. This may seem a bit trite, but Sam Raimi has wasted a lot lot more.
This is the supposed `darker' one. The movie where Spidey/Peter Parker gets a taste for arrogance and vengance. The one where he has to deal with breaking up with MJ, jealousy, hatred, symbiotic ooze, sand in his face, his uncle's killer AND Green Goblin Jnr.
Sam Raimi has definitely gone with the more is more approach here, and though throwing oodles of cash at the screen does give everything a nice gloss, it does not transfer very well for character development, especially in a series as popular as this. Spiderman 3 is all about spectacle and overstatement.
The effects, whilst massive in scale, most noticeably on the Sandman, whiz by in a frenzied blur so swift that it becomes very hard to see what is going on. Technically impressive it may be; easy on the eyes it is not.
And what of Venom? Well, Eddie Brock is given about five minutes of screen time and Venom given three, hardly a huge role for such a popular baddie. Topher Grace is, though, excellent as Parker's rival snapper.
Kirsten Dunst gets to alternate between crying, falling from buildings and screaming, Bryce Dallas Howard has to look pretty and then disappear from the plot altogether and Tobey Maguire gets to wrinkle his forehead and grow an emo-fringe. James Franco meanwhile sulks, smiles, sulks, has ridiculous motivations and turns bad then good. Thomas Hayden-Church does manage to wedge some pathos to his escaped convict but spends most of the time in his digital incarnation.
Come the inevitable showdown, it seems like Raimi has tried to shoe-horn in as much as possible whilst also tying up any loose ends he may have that could contract him to a further sequel. It's a shame that Spiderman 3 comes as such a crushing disappointment as up until now it was a solid franchise. No doubt it'll go on to gross buckets, but remains a missed opportunity to be THE quintessential Spidey flick.
Where the franchise goes now is anyone's guess but one thing's for sure, the summer blockbuster title is still wide open.