Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Spider-Man 3 Review

Spider-Man 3

Release Date: 3rd May 2007 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Marvel Enterprises
Laura Ziskin Productions

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 133 minutes

Budget: $258,000,000

Box Office Gross: $890,871,626

Plot Summary
Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But when his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enchanting his powers, it transforms Peter as well. 

Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes prideful and overconfident and he begins to neglect the ones he cares about most. As two of the most-feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power of thirst for retribution, Peter's greatest battle will become the one within himself. 

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kristen Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn/New Goblin
Thomas Haden Church - Flint Marko/Sandman
Topher Grace - Eddie Brock/Venom
Bryce Dallas Howard - Gwen Stacy
J. K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson
James Cromwell - Captain Stacy
Rosemary Harris - Aunt May
Theresa Russell - Emma Marko
Dylan Baker - Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn - Joseph 'Robbie'
Willem Dafoe - Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin
Cliff Robertson - Ben Parker (Cameo)
Elya Baskin - Mr. Ditkovich
Mageina Tovah - Ursula
Ted Raimi - Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks - Betty Brant
Bruce Campbell - Maitre d' (Cameo)
Michael Papajohn - Dennis Carradine/Carjacker
Joe Manganiello - Flash
Thompson (Cameo) 

Screen Story/Screenplay/Director - Sam Raimi
Based on Marvel Comic Book "The Amazing Spider-Man"/Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Marvel Comic Book "The Amazing Spider-Man" - Steve Ditko
Screen Story/Screenplay - Ivan Raimi
Screenplay - Alvin Sargent 
Executive Producers - Joseph
M. Caracciolo and Kevin Fiege
Producers - Laura Ziskin,
Avi Arad and Grant Curtis
Production Designers - Neil Spisak and J. Michael Riva 
Costume Designers - James Acheson and Katina Le Kerr
Director of Photography - Bill Pope
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Stunt Coordinator - Scott Rogers
Special Effects Supervisors - John Frazier and Jim Schwalm 
Special Effects Foreman/
Supervisor - John Shea
Visual Effects Supervisors - Richard Kidd, Scott Stokdyk
and Mark Larranaga
Digital Effects Supervisor: SPI - Peter Nofz
Animation Supervisor - Spencer Cook
Film Editor - Bob Murawski
Original Music Themes - Danny Elfman
Score - Christopher Young

What should have been a major step-forward in Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN trilogy has put a nail in the coffin and left Sony to reboot the film franchise as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN with a mixed response. If it weren't for the unnecessary additions to the story-line like the Emo Peter subplot and the character of Venom, the latter having less screen-time and affecting a few character arcs like Peter, The Sandman and Harry Osborn's. For future reference, these two elements should have been used for potential sequels and spin-offs and not been forced into the third instalment.

This is why SPIDER-MAN 3 would have been a good film if had been faithfully integrated with the director's vision and not the studio's which might explain a lot. The characters and story would have been fleshed out more including Gwen Stacy who was underused and would have had a larger role if included in more scenes of Peter Parker's conflict of his affections between her or MJ.

Topher Grace is an appalling cast decision for the role of Venom - one of the lead villains as well as his bitter alter-ego Eddie Brock in an over-hyped superhero movie like SPIDER-MAN 3. Grace wasn't the only actor whose performance has let down the whole fan-base, Tobey Maguire while in my opinion was still near-perfect in his interpretation of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man has seemed to collide with a darker version that he looked ridiculous. Thomas Haden Church was the best actor of the movie and he gets a performance right in portraying the arch-foe of Sandman. That character leaves a lot to be desired by anyone who can relate to his pain after seeing his backstory.

This was in-arguably the second least favourite of all SPIDER-MAN movies, you may want to forget that it has its flaws. It's bad enough that this was the last of Sam Raimi's film adaptations of the character and it's close to being a huge disappointment.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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