Friday, June 15, 2007

Spider-Man, Spider Man...

Well aware of the bad reviews, my friends John, Deshant, Matt, and I went to see Spider-Man 3 last night. It is indeed very bad, bringing to mind the phrases "tragic farce" and "dangers of excess."

The action scenes were good enough, but in between, the pacing was all wrong. Too much dialog of the forced, on-the-nose variety found on Smallville.

Four times I turned to Deshant and said, "Roll credits." I was wrong every time.

After the movie, we headed for the Carle Place Diner, where John and Deshant impressively managed to eat two large cheeseburgers each. With no one at the surrounding tables, Deshant called our friend Christine in L.A., and in all the catching up we almost managed to forget the movie.


Jim Winter said...

They wanted to do SPIDERMAN 3 and plan to do a SPIDERMAN 4. I don't think they realized they did 3, 4, 5, and 6 all in 2 1/2 hours.

Which is why this movie was such a disappointment. Every time something happened, it was like they'd cut to another storyline and go, "Oh, and we forgot about..."

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Exactly. There was way too much going on.

My daughter wants me to take her to see the new Fantastic Four movie this weekend. In a perverse way, I'm almost looking forward to seeing how badly they screwed up the classic "Galactus Trilogy."

Deshant said...

I don't frequently listen to movie reviewers, but this time they were right on the money. An exploration of Spider-Man's dark side was interesting but knowing how much money they were guaranteed to make why not take a little longer in making sure the final product was up to standards set by the first two? Sure Spideys 1 and 2 had their bombastic moments ("The power of the sun in the palm of my hand") but where were the satisfying moments in which comedy, drama, action, and horror all mix on screen? Where was the character motivation outside of "Well I guess we are doing this now"? Why make such a big budget movie then try and cram 4 different storylines in what should be 2 hours of action-packed sp. effects and fun? Why Raimi? Why? Oh and by the way I hold the other Raimi: Ivan directly responsible.

Dave White said...

I enjoyed the movie, but it's probably more because I've been a lifelong Spider-man fan and for the most part thought Raimi cared about the characters and got the tone right. Yeah there was too much in it, but it was still exciting.