About a week before the premiere of Spider-Man 3 I wrote a review of the movie in general terms based on my expectations and hopes, feeling confident they would be met. Now that I have seen the movie (saw it on May 4), I am saving that masterpiece-movie review in the hope that I will be able to use it for a future Spider-Man movie, and instead writing this review.
As you can probably tell from the above, my expectations were not fulfilled. A few days before the premiere I read some reviews of the movie, most of which were not very positive. That lowered my expectations and I no longer thought that Spider-Man 3 would be the masterpiece I had been hoping for.
As someone who holds Venom as his favorite Spider-Man villain, watching Spider-Man 3 was not what I had hoped for. Venom is certainly a cool character, so it is too bad he is not perfectly realized and underused in this movie. The decision to bring in Venom seems to have been motivated primarily by wanting to have him in the movie at all costs, rather than allowing him to naturally come into the plot, and Venom’s presence feels forced. The fans—and I count myself among them—may have themselves to blame, at least indirectly, for forcing Venom on a reluctant director.
I would have liked to see more of Venom’s face and less of Brock’s. And why is Venom not referred to by that name even once in the movie? Also, I dislike the change that has Eddie Brock at the church praying for the death of Peter Parker, rather than praying for forgiveness for thinking of committing suicide as he does in the comics. I certainly hope we have not seen the last of Venom in the Spider-Man movies; the character deserves much better than this. But even if Venom returns in a future Spider-Man movie, his appearance in this one will still haunt me.
The movie feels rushed at times and a bit slow at other times; it feels as if there is not enough time for each part to develop properly. Furthermore, there are a few over-the-top scenes that I do not like: Peter Parker walking down the street in a very special way and his performance at a club come to mind. The special effects are great most of the time, the best of which are the birth of Sandman and an impressive scene involving a construction crane and a skyscraper. The performance of the cast varies but never drops below adequate.
Spider-Man 3 is a disappointment compared to my initial expectations, but it is still watchable and of course a must-see if one has seen the previous movies, though one should not expect it to be in the same league as the second or even the first Spider-Man movie. The movie is fairly enjoyable overall, it has some funny moments, and it is, after all, Spider-Man we are talking about here.