I often find myself stuck on a movie that I like part of but just cannot say to myself that I liked it enough to think it was a good movie. I wandered on that for a while and came up with a list of movies that I wanted to like really bad, but for reasons that will be revealed I did not. I decided to jut come up with a top 5 list, so here it goes
4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) Directed by Sam Raimi
What I wanted to like it:
I was a big fan of the previous two installments in the series, but more a fan of the awesome Spider-Man 2. When released in 2004 Spider-Man 2 instantly became one of my all time favorite comic book movies. I was pretty pumped to see the follow up and a fanboys dream came true, Venom would be the villain in this one. Spider-Man was also my favorite superhero at the time (to see who it is now, click HERE!) so needless to say I was pretty excited to see how the whole Venom vs. Spider-Man battle would play out. If anything this movie would have a lot going on it knowing that they had two bad guys for the first time in Venom and Sandman as well as Harry Osbourne stuff to tie up and the introduction of Gwen Stacey, whew that is a lot to address.
Why I didn't like it:
I should have seen the writing on the wall with this one. They tried to address too many things and the movie really couldn't focus on just one person to flesh out. We have Peter and Mary Jane, Peter and Gwen Stacey, Sandman, Venom, Harry becoming his own villain, and some where in there Peter Parker hits Mary Jane...ugh the movie was just trying to cover too much! It wasn't helped by the rumor that Raimi did not want to include Venom in the movie and felt he had to from the movie studio. I can see how this could be true since he sort of hurries along the entire Venom story arc. I feel the movie would have played out much better if it Sandman was the lone villain and they incorporated more of Harry going bad. The acting also seemed phoned it especially from the two leads Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, to me it seemed as if they had tired of the roles or maybe they just knew the source material was not as good as the other two movies. The climax of the movie has some good parts to it but overall this movie was a huge let down after Spider-Man 2. Since Spider-Man 3 they have decided to restart the franchise from scratch and The Amazing Spider-Man will be released next year. This could be for the best since the director and actors from the other movies seemed like they were all ready to try something new.
I probably saw Spider-Man 3 a couple of time at the theater, trying to find something I might have missed the first time, trying to like it. I own Spider-Man 1 and 2 on dvd but will never buy this movie.