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May 2007
 
 
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Fri, May. 4th, 2007 03:09 am
Midnight Show

Just got back from seeing Spider-Man 3 with msari. A few quick thoughts:

+ Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy. Seriously, if the movie had just been two hours and twenty minutes of her hanging out and doing stuff, I would have had no qualms calling it the best film Sam Raimi has ever made, and it would be in competition for Best Movie Of All Time.

- Gwen Stacy is in the movie for literally about fifteen minutes.

- The twenty minutes or so in the middle of the movie where everything stops dead so Peter Parker (under the influence of the alien symbiote-- just Google "Spider-Man," "black suit," "Venom," etc.) can dance around like a jackass. Embarrassing.

+ Bruce Campbell's cameo. You knew it was coming, but not like this. It's genius.

+ The alien symbiote and Venom looked pretty awesome.

- Venom is in the movie for literally about ten minutes. Maybe not even that.

+/- Interesting take on the Sandman character, and of course he looks spectacular-- reportedly the most expensive special effect ever created, he damn well better. But again, he's not given a whole lot to do. And his exit from the film is just weird.

- Actually, the whole ending is just weird. I really think Sam Raimi just couldn't figure out what to do with it.

+/- When Peter is under the control of the symbiote, he looks like a member of Fall Out Boy. If he had been wearing guyliner, it would have been perfect.

Overall, the film suffers from a serious case of Batman Returns-- too many characters for one movie. The whole Venom/Carnage storyline could easily have been its own film, and having the character shoehorned into this film was severely disappointing.

All that said, I would gladly pay to see the film again just for Bryce Dallas Howard. Seriously.

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tiraslee
tiraslee
tiraslee
Fri, May. 4th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
i haven't been to a movie in over a month. it's a record.

how was the soundtrack?


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japanesecandy
japanesecandy
The Man from I.N.T.E.R.C.O.U.R.S.E.
Fri, May. 4th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: i haven't been to a movie in over a month. it's a record.

The soundtrack was weird. All the songs on the soundtrack album played over the end credits-- and nowhere else in the movie. Which makes sense, I guess.

The score was more or less indistinguishable from those in the previous films, which again makes sense. Danny Elfman was credited as co-composer with John Debney. Apparently Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman had some huge falling-out and Elfman left the project, probably brought Debney in to finish it. It was mostly just inobtrusive until the end, when it got waaaaay too melodramatic.


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breezygirl
breezygirl
breezygirl
Fri, May. 11th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)

I also thought the ending was weird. My biggest beef though was with Harry. He was all out dumb in this one! Toward the end when he and spidey were fighting off sandman and venom together he said "I could use a little help over here!" and I thought they might eventually high-five. (or did they?)

I have a girl-crush on Bryce Dallas Howard. She was amazingly cute in this movie.


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