|Directed by:||Sam Raimi|
|Written by:||Michael Chabon|
|Cast:||Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dylan Baker, Elizabeth Banks|
|Genre:||Action, Comic Book|
Let me just start off by saying that this movie holds up better after repeated viewings. Much like Hulk, Spider-Man 3 gets better with time.
When I first saw this movie, I was a little baffled. I mean, Spider-Man movies are no place for a dancing montage! But, after a certain video ignited my interest in the film, I bought it and rewatched with a more open mind and it grew on me. The stupid moments are a lot less stupid when you know they're coming. They may take you out of the movie, but they don't wreck the whole film. They're like ripping apart a film because of one stupid line. It's nitpicking. Now, I'm not saying that anyone who hates this film is a nitpicker, but it's not worth it to throw away a movie just for one or two moments that, in the grand scheme of things, don't add up to much.
That said, here's what the film gets right. All the creativity from the first two films is back with a vengeance. The action scenes really stretch the limit to what Spidey can do, especially when pitting him against such creative villains. The sub-plot with Harry is really juicy and has a fantastic payoff. Venom, despite the odd casting choice, does deliver in what little time we see him.
Spider-Man 3 is far from perfect, yes, but is it bad? For me, the answer is no. It's a flawed film, but it's not up there with the worst of cinema, as people say.