Spiderman 3

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Despite being overhyped, I still liked Spiderman 3. It wasn't a fantastic, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping kind of movie, but it's still a pretty decent show, with enough content to keep you interested despite having a longer than usual running time. Having to wake up early and catching it in the morning when I'm tired and inclined to visit dreamland had me worried because I'd doze right off if the movie was too boring and draggy. Thankfully, it wasn't.

This episode of Spidey boasted not one, not two, but THREE villains, although the line between villain and victim as well as villain and hero was questionable in all three cases. Expounding more would mean divulging spoilers, but somehow, the ending was satisfying to me, largely because I'm kind of a pacifist, and I quite liked the way things turned out in the end.

Spiderman has always had plenty of emotions, with a lot more 'human' issues than any other comic book character i've ever known. Sure, he has super powers, but that doesn't make him immune to love problems, people problems, relational problems, work problems, money problems, ethical problems and any other thing we face as normal human beings. In fact, having to carry the extra burden of responsibility as the city's protector makes solving ANY of these problems that much harder. Having Venom in this movie just amplifies this concern as we see how Spidey would be if he were actually less selfless and behaved more like what every other regular human being (read SELFISH, INCONSIDERATE and VIOLENT) out there. I'm guessing a lot of people feel that there's nothing wrong with being Venom. It's sad really.

The problem with the movie, was that there were a few fairly significant plot holes. Again, for the sake of not revealing the story, I won't go too much into it. However, it is apparent that the producers tried to squeeze in too many things that some parts of the plot just don't seem to connect. More than once I caught myself going "Huh? How did that happen?" and it wasn't because I was dozing off. Character development was also lacking, as the new 'villains' had little screen time. They were practically one dimensional and didn't undergo ANY changes. I'm guessing that due to the fact that there were THREE of them, screen time had to be divided evenly between all of them, but that just made their characters shallow and uninteresting. In essence, the story had a lot of potential, and it had a proper ending (which is why I'm not particularly keen on having to watch a 4th installment), but should probably have laid off a few 'emotional' scenes and focussed a bit more on plot and character development. That would've made the movie a whole lot nicer.

The movie is really not a bad watch. I'd recommend catching it if the opportunity arises. It is after all a good blockbuster which 'wraps up' the Spiderman story since the first movie. That in itself is worth the watch, so sling by your local movie theater to catch it.

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Posted by Gerald at 5/10/2007 01:52:00 AM