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July 14th, 2007

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01:29 pm - Spiderman-3: a serious disappointment
I very much liked Spiderman-1, and loved Spiderman-2, especially Alfred Molina's performance as Doctor Octopus, which was the best super-villian I've yet seen on screen. I consider Spiderman-2 to be the best supers movie yet made.

However, I'd heard Spiderman-3 wasn't as good, so I waited until it came to the $3 theater-pub two blocks away to see it. This was an excellent choice, because it sucked. The first half was fairly good, but from there it went rapidly down hill. They put in 3 villains in (arguably 4) and did not focus enough time on any of them. They could have easily had a whole film about Sandman (who they did surprisingly well), or possibly one about Spiderman, Venom, Hobgoblin, with a focus on vengeance and forgiveness. Instead, they tried to do far too much and so the film had a very muddy story line. At some points it was clearly all about forgiveness, at other points, it was all about making the right choice, they just couldn't decide. Also, the last half was way too over the top in both emotional and action terms. Definitely a film to miss.

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Date:July 14th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
The same $3 theatre as taylor?

I want to see it for the laughs. I heard it was like an emo musical.
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Date:July 15th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Yep, Becca and I went to see this movie with Taylor & Lupa (and two other friends).
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Date:July 15th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
I wondered if you had any thoughts on this post:
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Date:July 15th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
I agree that CGI is over-used, but I don't think that necessarily makes a film anything more than slightly less good than it otherwise would have been. Ultimately, for me it comes down to writing and acting. I liked the 2nd Matrix film even better than the first, and liked the 3rd Matrix movie (although less so) because they were both well written (the 2nd more than the 3rd). The first X-Men movie was dubious because only four of the character were played by people who could act: Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and Rogue (Anna Paquin), all of the other actors were completely wretched (Halle Berry did a truly horrid job), and the two playing perhaps the most major characters (Cyclops and Jean Grey) were utterly devoid of any shred of talent.

Of course, Keanu Reeves is also largely devoid of talent, but in the Matrix films the Wachowski Brothers found a way to make his wooden acting work to their advantage by making their protagonist an utterly clueless git, which is something Reeves was pretty much born to play.

In Spiderman 3, the CGI was overused, even compared to the previous 2 films, but I saw that mostly as a secondary problem, where the director was using it as a cover for bad screen writing and poor plotting. Overused CGI and good writing at worst makes a truly excellent film into a very good one. Spiderman 3 used CGI to disguise the fact that underneath the CGI, it ultimately sucked and was completely lacking in a coherent theme.
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Date:July 16th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hey, I enjoyed it. I don't really think the film is about forgiveness or the right choices... that's what Peter is about. I think the film is really about how complicated and unthematic life is, and how at the end of the day you have to live with your mistakes. I think the Sandman ending and the new Goblin ending, while emphasizing forgiveness, were really about mercy... forgiveness because there but for the grace of God go I.

Still, it was kind of muddled in places. It did move fast, but I'm glad we didn't have two movies about Peter and Mary deciding not to get married, at least. They've covered it, and well I think. Far from perfect, but as sequels go, pretty good.

The only tidy endings to Spider-Man stories are when the bad guys die. Even then, there's always tragedy attached.

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