Spider-Man 3: 5.5 out of 10.
About four years ago I was thanking Sam Raimi in this space. I had just seen Spider-Man 2, and I liked it even better than Spider-Man, a film I thought was great. Here's what I wrote that day.
It would have been so easy for Sam Raimi and the gang to go through the motions, rely heavily on special effects and print money at the box office. Instead, they crafted a tremendous story with exceptional character development that stays true to the vision.
In Spider-Man 3, they sort of go through the motions, rely heavily on special effects and print money at the box office. It's not terrible, but it's a distant third in the franchise and it seems to collapse under the weight of the many villains. There's this Sandman dude, the new Goblin, Venom and the dark side of Spidey himself. That's four freakin' bad guys, at least two too many.
Still, Meatloaf made a good point. 2 outta 3 ain't bad.
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