This is one badass movie.
In theaters: Friday, 22 August 2014
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin
Dane Youssefsaid on Friday, January 16, 2015 8:50:35 PMEVERYONE HAS GONE ON ABOUT WHAT A LET-DOWN THIS WAS. EITHER TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE. “SPIDER-MAN 3” IS THAT last chapter in every trilogy that tied up all those loose ends, but didn’t really do much else. But even its strongest haters have to admit “Oh, it had it’s moments.”
Maguire, Dunst and Franco are all back doing what they’ve been doing for two movies—and more of it. Maybe a lot more. It does feel like more of the same, only even more dramatic. It feels like these three have each only had one note to play since the beginning… and they’re really stretching it out.
Bruce Campbell has yet another cameo—and this is definitely his best. The same is true of “Spidey” creator and Marvel Comics Mastermind Stan Lee, who finally gets to say speak in his movies! And J.K. Simmons proves once again that his scenes as J. Jonah Jameson are worth their weight in cold.
Topher Grace is clearly having fun here as the official rival of Peter Parker, but this is all his character is. He’s an obnoxious “Mr. Hipster” and the new kid in town. Anyone who works at a major newspaper has had a competitor like this. Anyone who’s been on “the road to success” in any field has come across someone like this. Eddie Brock, II was a lot more interesting in the comics (isn’t that always the way?). Probably because they had to homogenize and shoehorn Eddie into this movie—as well as his eventual alter-ego anti-Spiderman supervillain, Venom.
Venom’s in the picture for less than ten minutes. It’s not really a mystery why the fan-boys wanted blood. But seeing as how it’s all about the symbiote bonding with Peter’s greatest enemy in order to become Spider-Man’s greatest enemy… it’s all about building up to the final showdown so as to wrap up the film… and I suppose it works.
Why wasn’t it as celebrated as the others? Oh, come on! Every chapter, they’re gonna want more. The ante has to go up every single time. This was just one of those movies that had to please just about everybody—hard-core comic-book theists, small children, those looking for the best possible summer blockbuster popcorn flick…
Sandman finally pops up. James Cameron himself based his T-1000 on him. And his whole superbaddie conception belongs in the cheesiest of Z-grade late-night sci-fi monster flicks. The kind that ran at 3 a.m. in 1960 before those chop-socky movies started coming out. And as for the alien fungus that festers on an asteroid that hits earth and starts to attach itself to Peter…. Well, ditto. I think they stole that from “The Blob.”I kept waiting for someone in this movie to reference that one.
And… Harry’s “Goblin, Jr.” doesn’t thrill us like it should. Though he does have a worthwhile ending. I don’t know if Eddie/Venom do.
But a more important question… does Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films… ?
Seeing as they wisely just re-imagined Peter and his escapades from day one after this movie… I’d say… yes. It is… a fine ending. It’s… fine.
--Still A Spidey Fan, Dane Youssef
Dansaid on Monday, September 08, 2014 4:45:58 AMI love your reviews very passionate ! i cant wait to go see this movie now !!
Michael Lebersaid on Friday, August 29, 2014 2:07:39 PMWoah, really surprised here Richard, since this film seemed to get panned by a lot of other critics. This film is definitely back on my radar now, because after I'd seen that Rotten Tomatoes rating previously I had stopped caring about it; but if you say it's good then I'm definitely giving it a shot now because I loved the original Sin City.
Joshua Colemansaid on Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:30:55 AMI'm surprised you didn't talk about the use of 3D in this movie. It definitely had an interesting inventive look I haven't seen before.
Marksaid on Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:05:05 PMSin City for me, insert additional personal taste reminder, has reached the ranks of Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, The Dark Knight, Memento, etc...
Any time one of these movies airs on TV I always find myself glued to the screen, despite the fact that I own all of them on DVD & Blue-ray and have watched them to death.
I can't wait to see this one and I hope it keeps me mesmerized like the first one did.