Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Review
There were three years between the second movie of the trilogy and SPIDER-MAN 3. Apparently, that gave director Sam Raimi enough time to pack everything into his final installment, including the kitchen sink. It was just too much. There was more than one main villain; three if you count Harry’s (James Franco) ongoing pursuit of Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire). Even Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) has some upside down super hero lip-locking competition with Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). Add in an emo version of Peter Parker into the mix and you find yourself annoyed by the cast instead of rooting for them.
Things are going well for Peter Parker when the film begins. He’s in love with Mary Jane, he’s doing well in school and his alter ego is a beloved New York City icon. Enter the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), who just so happens to be the bad guy who killed Uncle Ben. Not only does Peter have to deal with him robbing banks across the city, but unbeknownst to him, a leach-like blob from outer space has infected the Spidey suit, turning the patriotic blue and red into an evil pitch black. The suit takes over Peter’s personality and makes him do awful things…like dressing emo and attempting to tango in fancy clubs.
Naturally, Peter must choose between the dark power of the evil suit or the pure power from his original suit. Once he is able to overcome the leachy substance, Spider-Man takes down Sandman. Low and behold some of the blob happens to fall on his Daily Bugle rival Eddie Brock and transforms him into Venom, tacking on another 30 minute fight scene to the end of an already exhausted plot.
Thomas Haden Church played the part of Sandman with such heart. I actually felt for his character and the CGI technique behind his initial transformation was really cool. Even though he looked like a sand version of the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man at the end of the movie, I would have loved for the storyline to focus only on him. With that said, in the short amount of time Raimi dedicated to Venom, Topher Grace owned the role. I think he deserved an entire movie in the franchise dedicated to his villain.
As with the previous movies, Mary Jane was a damsel in distress. I personally never felt that Dunst translated the character very well. She loses her job on Broadway, is jealous of Gwen, breaks it off with Peter and screams from a suspended taxi cab for the duration of the film. She basically bummed me out. But nothing could prepare me for Maguire’s dance scene in the sultry club where Mary Jane worked. The look on his face was a mixture of “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” and “try to look hot, Tobey!” I didn’t know if I was supposed to think he was sexy or funny. In the end, I just felt sorry for the whole chapter.
SPIDER-MAN 3 was crowded with too many stories which made it rushed for time. It’s a shame the trilogy had to end on such a weak note. Of the three, it was definitely my least favorite. No wonder Sony was so quick to re-boot the series in 2012.
Video: SPIDER-MAN 3 pros included the Sandman effects, as well as the fight at the end with both villains. I didn’t like when Harry and Peter fought in the streets of New York City. When they were flying around, you could clearly see the CGI effects and it was distracting.
Audio: The audio was good. I might have nightmares about that dance scene though.
Commentaries: There were two commentaries that included cast and director, along with the filmmakers. Everyone seems to be over the SPIDER-MAN franchise.
Bloopers (6:43): The bloopers were actually pretty funny. Tobey couldn’t keep it together. It’s as if he knew the whole emo Spider was ridiculous.
Galleries: This random feature was a library of screen captures of the cast you could scroll through. SKIP IT.
Music Video: “Signal Fire” performed by Snow Patrol.