Tuesday 18th January 2022

Spider-Man 3 (12A)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Spidey is back and if there's one thing we know about him it's that he's awesome! This is easily the most hotly anticipated movie of the year for me, so it was with no small amount of excitement that I donned my Spidey pyjamas and set off to the screening.

Get on that!
Get on that!

The story of this film is probably the most complex of the webhead trilogy. Harry Osborn is still being consumed by his hatred of Spider-Man, and has got hold of an all new Green Goblin outfit to play with. There's a sandman on the loose, trying his best to rob as much money as he can, and there's also some nasty black alien slime around, desperate to bond to Spidey and enhance his superpowers. Peter Parker and MJ are having some relationship difficulties and no one cares about Aunt May anymore because she's hardly in the film at all.

So, with no less then three villains, two revenge stories and a romance/love triangle plot to work through, it's no wonder that this film is long. There's a lot going on and clearly Sam Raimi has had trouble fitting everything in without the film being a complete mess, all of which means the film starts to drag on a bit and feels a bit light on action at times.

However, when the action comes, it is typically spectacular. Spidey and the villains zip all over the place, battering each other, playing with gadgets and generally keeping us all very entertained. The special effects of Venom and, in particular, the Sandman are really fantastic.

Unfortunately, unlike the previous two films, this one has its flaws. In fact, it probably has enough for all three movies. The biggest problem is that it really seems like there's too much going on, as though this is two films squashed into one. Seeing as the key members of the cast and crew were only contracted for three films, it's not hard to believe that they wanted to squeeze everything into this film as their last hurrah.

It also lacks the polish of the last two, with several events in the film unable to stand up to any sort of scrutiny. Things go unexplained or seem poorly thought out, and other bits just seem lame. There is no doubt in my mind that with more time and care, a number of plot elements in this film could have been dramatically improved.

There are also some parts of the film that are so off the wall, you may wonder if you're even watching the same film. I think they will really divide the audience over whether these moments are funny or completely misguided and unbelievable.

So, overall, there's a lot to like in Spider-Man 3, and it is most definitely worth seeing – it is Spidey after all! Unfortunately, with so many disappointing aspects to the film, it certainly doesn't deserve its place as the most hotly anticipated film of the year. I guess I'll have to hand that title over to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which is due out later this month.

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Length: 140 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 4th May 2007

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