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Tuesday, 22nd May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 19:14:53

So last week I got along to see the latest installment in the Spiderman series. With a title like this it makes the review process much easier as I don’t need to explain what the movie is or who is in it so much, and I can jump straight to what I thought. However, before I tell you what I thought of the third film, I will briefly say what I thought of the first two. Number 1 Spiderman I absolutely loved in the cinema the first time I saw it. Sure I hated the acting (if you can call it that) of the Aunt and Uncle (not to mention the Power Ranger-esque Green Goblin), but the fact Tom dies early on relieves much of that annoyance. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to see the film again, so I did. The second time in the cinema to see it I had a very great urge to poke myself in the eye with my finger purely for entertainment value. The second time through the movie to me felt overly long, and boring. The second film I promised myself I would not watch it twice at the cinema, and until this day I have not seen it again. As a result my thoughts on the second film are very positive. To me it was much better than the first film, although the Aunt still was painful. The train action sequence was amazing. And so I was ready for the third installment.

The most recent Spiderman film leaves me with several feelings. The first of which is that the movie wasn’t actually about Peter Parker the photographer, but a cunning demonstration of a Sin wave. The movie was great multiple times. The movie was total rubbish multiple times. It was basically a roll coaster between the two. I think this is the result of trying to make the movie everything to everyone. There was moments of great action (the first fight was great, and the best in the film), moments that fitted into the movie The Mask (not a good thing, what was that doing here), there were the required romance moments that are reminiscent of teenie-bopper flicks about high school romances, and then there were the comic book moments. In amongst all that there was obviously a good smattering of stunning visual effects, which in themselves alone justify seeing the film.

In the mad cram to fit in as much as possible into the film, they have created the problem of having too many villains in the film in my opinion. Sandman is the best in the film, and is great in the first half. However, his “reappearance” in the second half really is pitiful. Its almost like they have said “how can we ruin this great action sequences and general feeling we have with this guy?” and then set about doing it. Don’t get my wrong, the very final moments (I won’t spoil here) are fine, it’s the action component before it that was such a let down. Further Venom as a whole felt pretty clumsy. In my opinion they should have done Venom better (I can’t say how without spoiling things) and left Sandman in the first half of the film.

From a Christian perspective the movie is fairly benign really. There is no swearing, nudity or gore. This film is aimed for a wide a market as possible. Which as a result really means it also doesn’t have much substance other then a simple love story and a hero who has o find strength within himself (obviously no calling on God for assistance).

So my overall recommendation is to check it out, its not really bad, but its not really good either. An entertaining way to relax for a few hours and not use ones brain.

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