Saturday, 13 February 2010
After ditching Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for a reboot of the Spiderman franchise I felt it was time to re-watch the one that ended it all, the third film that essentially destroyed any credibility that had been established by the first two films. After watching i think you can pick it apart and realise that it was two films squashed together in a big blockbuster mess. One film had the avenging Harry Osborne finding redemption by helping Spiderman defeat sandman, the other was simply venom. The pressure by the studio I’m betting was to include venom, which probably led to the poor casting of him.
All in all the two stories spliced together caused no time for the character development that had made the first two so strong. It had cop out moments like the Osborne’s butler completely out of the blue announcing he cleaned Norman Osborne’s wounds. I think it was such a shame because there is a good film in there somewhere, Haden Church’s Sandman was played to perfection the pain of a suffering daughter seething through the eyes, but even that performance is undermined by the flimsy way the character is tied to the first film and Parkers past.
A bit like Terminator three or Matrix Revolutions before it, it has ended what should have been a brilliant trilogy with a fizzle.