Went to see Spider-Man III and Tsos for dinner yesterday with friends including Kim and The Ent. I’m not a big Spider-Man fan or for that mater super heroes. In the same way I prefer a gritty spy film to a high action one. I suspect this helped me because my expectation of Spider-Man III was lower than some of the friends and colleagues I’ve spoken to about it since. It wasn’t as good as Spider-Man or Spider-Man II, the romance was overly mushy (and you know that’s bad when the romance writer sat next to you is cringing at the romance scenes. The action a bit too hyper kinetic and video gamish. There were possibly too many villains going on all of them had the potential to be interesting but none of them got the screen time to really be interesting. The Sandman/Flint Marko could have been more tragically misguided, Venom/Eddie Brock nastier or the New Goblin/Harry Osborn more tormented and twisted.
I thought the best moments came from some of the lesser characters. J. Jonah Jameson and Miss Brant had the film steeling scene. Bruce Campbell’s MaÃ®tre d’ was fun. In fact it left me wondering if there would be an interesting film about normal people living out their lives in a city with super heroes? Overall Not a bad film but by no means the best I’ve ever seen.