Apparently directed by Sam Raimi and a large chunk of cheese (an overripe stilton, I think), this is the bum-note finalé, in a hitherto well-made series of films.
Others have commented on how there are too many villains and too many story lines. This is true.
However, what got me was how cliché-ridden and trite it was.
Here’s a fun game to play while watching it: ‘Spot The Cliché’. First one I noticed was Spidey swooping past only to pause in front of a rippling American flag. See if you can spot the rest. Another game is: ‘See If You Can Guess Which Shots Are Homages To Comic Panels Without Having Read The Comic’. Get a comic fan to check your answers.
Also, I never noticed Tobey Maguire being this annoying before. He was a whiny wee twit in this one. He was acting like an arse even before he was infected with the evil Venom magic stuff.
(There is one so-bad-it’s-funny scene where a Scientist is examining the evil Venom magic stuff. The Scientist explained that he’d never seen anything like it before, but that it was some kind of symbiont, and obviously feeds off aggression. If he’d then dramatically raised one eyebrow I would have pissed myself laughing.)
Yeah, so, but Tobey Maguire: crap.
Suspiciously tidy ending, with all of them Forgiving each other: crap.
Stan Lee, in the most cack-handed, badly-acted, badly-scripted, obvious, nudge-so-hard-in-the-ribs-that-they-crack excuse to be able to be able to put “Stan Lee: Himself” in the credits: crap.
(Thought I’d give him his own subhead.)
He has a cameo as a sleezy French waiter, and is pure cinematic gold. He should get some kind of comedy Oscar for that.
If I ever produce a film and need a younger John Cleese, by Jiminy I’ll be calling on Bruce Campbell.
Possibly worth the price of admission alone.
Oh, very good. I loved the bit where The Sandman is forming for the first time. He keeps forming, then collapsing, and it looks just like a sandcastle collapsing on the beach, with all the grains kind of avalanching. Lovely.
I wasn’t bored (and it is quite a long film), but it just wasn’t very good.
Sub par. Must try better. Shows promise but does not concentrate in class.
Spidey Thumbs down from me.