Originally Posted by Mississippienne
Watch out, I got thoughts on Spider-Man 3.
Though oft-maligned, I loved it in theaters and still think it's a solid, if flawed, movie. The big problem with SM3, to my mind, is that its clear Raimi knew this would be his last Spidey movie, so he tried to cram everything into this movie. Not only do you have Spidey vs. Sandman with the revelation that Sandman was involved in Uncle Ben's death, you got Harry going batshit crazy, the introductions of Eddie Brock and Gwen Stacy, and of course Peter gets the symbiote and then encounters Venom. It's TOO MUCH.
Honestly, Raimi should've kept to Peter and Harry and Spidey and Sandman, and made one solid movie that way, and if he had a chance, kept Venom for a fourth movie. Because Venom appears so late in the movie and there's no build-up, he doesn't seem like a truly intimidating foe. It's also too late in the game to bring in Gwen, when Norman died in the first movie (thusly wiping out her famous death in the comics).
Harry's amnesia in SM3 is hokey, but I'm not sure it's any hokier than anything in the comics, and it served an important purpose: reminding Peter and MJ, and most importantly we the audience, why we love Harry and making us root for some sort of redemption for him.
I completely agree, and it's nice to see someone else defend it for a change. The weaknesses are evident, especially compared to the first two, but it's still an entertaining movie that I like to revisit every now and then. I have similar feelings about X-Men 3.
I just generally like the genre and it takes something that massively sucks, like say Green Lantern, for me to actively dislike it.