So, as everyone was, I was really very hyped to see this film. I mean, it's a new Spidey film, it covers some of the famous symbiote storyline, it includes two great villains (well three, sort of) in Sandman and Venom. And well, it's because of that hype I was let down. Now, it wasn't a bad movie by any means, anyone who is already a fan of the series has to see it, but it is not nearly what it could have been. The fault in the film lies in what was done wrong or mishandled. When Spider-man is taken over by the symbiote, it transforms Peter Parker today, he becomes a completely different person because the symbiote feeds on a person's weakness and brings out their worst qualities. This should have been a very interesting plot point, instead, it was a joke. Apparently all you need to do to transform Peter Parker into a bad guy is muss up his hair, apply some light eyeliner, and throw him into a dance number. The transformation was over the top, and probably meant to be tongue-in-cheek - but much like the "rain drops keep falling on my head" scene in Spider-man 2, it just comes off as ridiculous instead. I think this is in large part due to the fact that Tobey Maguire can only play one character - the wide eyed, puppy-dog like good boy, and I'm starting to see how he really doesn't fit the part that well anymore. As Spider-man gets involved in more mature storylines such as the symbiote, Tobey can't quite cut it.
There were lots of other problems but that was the main one. Now for the good news! Well, it was a pleasant surprise that Topher Grace ended up being the best part of the film as Eddie Brock/Venom. He was excellent, and Venom was done really well, but underused. Sandman was done well, too, and Thomas Hayden Church was of course, also excellent. Some of the connections made with him in the film were a little too convenient, though. The greatest man alive, Bruce Campbell once again came back for a small cameo role, this time as a maitre'd - and was absolutely hilarious. James Franco was excellent, as was Bryce Dallas Howard (also extremely sexy as Gwen). I think that's what is funny about this film - the supporting cast are excellent and always have been, it's the stars of the film (Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst) who are starting to show that they no longer cut it, and this might be a sad truth Sam Raimi has to face.
See it if you've seen the other two or you're a fan of Spider-man, don't bother otherwise.