Blast From The Past: Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 happened to be the highest grossing movie of 2007, which earned it a spot in our “Blast From The Past” blog series. However, what I did not anticipate was Kirsten Dunst recent comments about Sam Raimi’s final installment in the original Spider-Man trilogy. Dunst, who portrayed Mary Jane Watson, recently told Variety how she wanted to be in the fourth Spider-Man and alluded to the fact that she hasn’t watched any of the other Spider-Man reboots. These comments have brought the film back into prominence 10 years after the fact.
So, let’s talk about it. Spider-Man 2 is still considered by many to be one of the best movies in the genre, and Dunst is certainly right when she speaks of how beloved the character of Spider-Man is. There was so much anticipation for Spider-Man 3 that it became the highest grossing movie of the year.
So, what went wrong? Is Spider-Man 3 really as bad as everyone says it is?
Well, it starts out in a unique position as Spider-Man 3 actually begins with Peter in the best position he’s ever found himself. Spider-Man is beloved throughout all of New York. He and Mary Jane are together; she’s starring in a Broadway production, and he’s planning to propose soon. That all starts to ebb away, though, as his success gets to his head. As I watched this movie again this week, I’m pretty sure that was the goal for Raimi and the team. This movie should have been a commentary on the evil within and how even the best can be brought down by pride and ego.
However, that theme unfortunately gets lost behind an emo Peter Parker and some really distracting dancing in the streets of New York. Seriously…why the finger guns? It’s also hard to keep that lesson in the forefront with so much other stuff going on in the film. The presence of three villains ended up being a little much and the weak amnesia storyline for Harry didn’t really do the film any favors. The story of Uncle Ben gets kind of twisted in this storyline, and then they introduce the character of Gwen Stacy only to waste her role in the overall story. In fact, the lack of Gwen Stacy storyline seems insulting after Emma Stone’s portray of her in The Amazing Spider-Man. They also give us the character of Eddie Brock, and no offense to Topher Grace, but I found his whole character to be annoying.
Overall, Spider-Man 3 has some good moments but falls short from the acclaim of its two predecessors. It has too many subplots and villains crammed in to tell an effective story. I actually had a hard time wanting to pay attention as I watched the movie again, and I personally, some of the dialogue still makes me cringe. The first two Spider-Man films made this one a success financially, but the mixed reviews also helped contribute to the reboot that came in 2012.