Thursday, April 26, 2007

Movie Review: Spider-Man 3

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I managed to attend the gala premiere for Spider-Man 3 at GV Vivocity yesterday. That's courtesy of 'free' tickets from Buena Vista Columbia TriStar Films. The New Paper will be doing a week of Spider-Man 3 coverage for the movie, which opens on 1st May.

If you love Spider-Man 1 and 2, you'll love 3. Sam Riami has maintained the level of standard he left with Spider-Man 2.

At US$350 million, Spider-Man 3 is currently the most expensive movie ever made. Keep that in mind as you watch the movie, which is around 140 minutes. Every minute of Spider-Man cost a whopping US$2.5 million.

Cinematography of Spider-Man 3 is exceptionally. The composition is excellent, as usual. Although so much money is pumped in, you do feel at times, the computer graphics (CG) modeling could be better. But those moments are few and far between. You probably won't even notice when you're drawn into the action.

Character development for Flint Marko, aka Sandman, is fantastic. You'll feel sorry for Flint Marko immediately after the incident that turned him into Sandman. That's the brilliance of Sam Riami's direction. You'll also get to see Harry's transformation. I won't post the spoiler but Spider-Man 3 really tied up all the loose end to make this seem like the last movie in this franchise.

The final scene with Sandman, Goblin and Venom is pretty intense. That alone is probably worth the price of the ticket.

This is not just an action movie. If not for the story and most importantly, character development, it would just be another mindless thriller. I don't think it's better than Spider-Man 2, but it is definitely as good as it. Spider-Man 2 is great because the movie really brought the emotional turmoil Spider-Man had to go through. And in the end when Spidey triumphs in the end, the satisfaction can't really be described in words. All great movies create emotional attachment with its audience.

Rating: 4.5/5


  1. Ah, I was there too but for AXN's private screening.

  2. There are two possible sensations after you see the movie:

    a) If you go to the movie as a movie and comic book lover, you will be happy.
    b) If you go to the movie as a Venom’s fan (even is possible that Venom’s fans are much more than Spidy ones), you will be severely disappointed. Why?
    • Venom is just seen in the very last 30 minutes of the movie
    • Raimi Venom is nothing compared with the look of the Venom in comics. One or two scenes worth it nothing else.
    • Venom has a very unworthy ending.

    We knew Sam Raimi didn’t want to include Venom in his very own movie, but his revenge against Avi Arad for the imposition, became the most important Spiderman’s foe into a second hand villain.

  3. I have only seen the trailers but not the gala premier. Though as what I have seen the movie is nice and quite expensive as well. Just like any other
    expensive movies
    I think spider-man 3 will be a good movie to watch.


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