Posted on 9/08/12 02:59 AM
A great disappointment, an while I forgive the production crew for some mistakes due to the inference of the studio, it simple does not compensate for the bloated narrative that attempts to cover to much in the space of 2 hours. I have always been fan of Spiderman, and quite fond of Raimi previous Spiderman films. His first outing broke cinematic ground in the superhero genre, along with singer's 'x-men, Raimi displayed 'Spiderman' as a film that created a sense of credibility for superheroes. Next, Raimi continued with his trilogy and made 'Spiderman 2', a film that truly highlighted the boundaries what superhero films can represent, however I have to ask what the hell Raimi was thinking with 'Spiderman 3' ?, I wanted to love it but I simply couldn't, it felt like I was watching the great pillars raimi created for the superhero genre come crashing down. 'Spiderman 3' succeeds in tarnishing everything Raimi created. My reason for this disappointment is that raimi previously treated the source material with a brilliant respectability, rather than the typical prejudice of comics being considered childish, however it seems raimi through this respectability out of the window for 'Spiderman 3'.
Previous to watching 'Spiderman 3', about two months before it's initial release, it seemed that the film would have a brilliant premise, as Spiderman battled new villains with the struggle against his inner demons and morals. When watching 'Spiderman 3', it's quite evident that the film fails in engaging this premise, in fact it fails on capturing any premise, there is no vocal point in it's narrative, which creates a difficulty in understanding what story Raimi wants to tell. The narrative is just to bloated, and attempts to focus on too many ideas. For example, consider how convoluted the plot is, firstly we have the continues romantic sub plots, displayed through the love triangle of Gwen Stacy and mj, secondly there are three villains, which are obviously too many. Thirdly, the inner demons that peter faces with the introduction of the black suit and the tie-in of flint marko being linked to Ben Parker's murder.
Obviously, with a film this bloated, it's leaves little room for character development. The villains are the obvious victims of this poor development, firstly we have harry. As everyone would know, 'Spiderman 2' ended with harry taking the mantle of the green goblin, however Raimi pulls out the 'deus ex machina' and solves the harry problem in the first 15 minutes. Secondly we have flint marko, aka sandman. I must admit, the casting of sandman was perfect in his physical appearance, however Raimi uses shallow pathos in attempting to establish an emotional connection to flint through this use of his daughter having cancer, and then, as fate would have it, flint miraculously falls into an scientist experiment in the middle of the desert to become sandman. If you want to see rushed character development, watch the creation of sandman. Thirdly, and the most disappointing, there is Venom. While Eddie Brock is present for most of the film, the creation of the venom only occurs in the last ten minutes. It's quite obvious that venom would be much more valuable in a future film if they were going to make one.
Finally there is Maguire. I have always loved Maguire's performance as spiderman, he has a brilliant ability in conveying a sense of innocence, and I guess it's not necessarily Maguire's fault, but his stage of being 'cool' is simply ridiculous. Especially the scene when he struts down the street. It's a scene that should only consist in a parody, and it destroys any form of credibility towards peter parker.
I'm sorry spidey, not this time.