Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Total Film's 50 Most Hated Films of All Time #29 - Spider-Man 3

So, this one made the list.  I can't say I'm surprised, Spidey 3 has gotten a lot of bad press.  Total Film stated that this movie is hated by the fans. Actually, they said that three-peats try to do too much (debatable to say the least) and that "Marvel went ahead anyway."  Uh-uh.  Listen, you work for Total Film, okay?  Get your facts straight.  Sony is doing the Spider-Man pictures.  SONY.  Not Marvel, Marvel would not do a crappy Spider-Man flick, which is what #4 is looking like, okay?  You work for Total Film.  This is your job.  This is your brand.  If you're going to make a lame list like this, at least sound like you know what you're talking about (even though clearly, you don't), okay?

So, the contention is the fans hate this film.  Okay, fair enough.  However, who are the fans?  Are we talking about fans as in the first time I saw Spider-Man was the first Raimi film?  Are we talking about Spider-Man fans as in collected the comics, saw the television series (live-action and the 1960's/1990's cartoon), bought the toys and when Spider-Man first hit theatres in 2002, took the day off school/work and went to see it?  What are we talking here, what is your definition of the word fan?  Because if it's someone who only cared about Spider-Man since the first live-action film, then who cares?  What do they have to say about it?  What is their basis of knowledge, the other two films?  There's so much about Spider-Man, I would find it extremely hard to give credence to the opinions of a bunch of johnny-come-lately's.

That being said, I do agree that the movie did try to do too much.  Look, putting in Venom and Sandman was a mistake, having one or the other would have been fine.  You could have the 2nd Green Goblin (or the Green Skateboarder or whatever the hell he was supposed to be), but really, putting both villains in the movie does justice to neither.  Also, Sandman killing Uncle Ben was terrible.  Spider-Man does not need a personal vendetta to go after Sandman, the fact that the man is walking around, robbing armoured cars and the like is sufficient enough.  We don't need this extra drama that really doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense. 

That being said, I think this movie is a mixed bag.  The black costume is great (didn't the fans like that?), I like how Peter Parker is wrestling with good and evil, Sandman himself was great and this was the first film in the series where I didn't want to punch Mary Jane Watson out.  So, it wasn't as terrible as everyone says and for the record, I used to get the Spider-Man comics whenever I could as a kid, so it's not like I'm one of these first day fans like the people talking trash about Spider-Man on the 'Net.  To me, it's still a lot better than what this fourth film is looking like and I think when it's all said and done, Spider-Man 3 will have it's own fans, though I will admit it's not as good as the first two films, it's not bad enough to be hated. 

Worth the hate?  Nope.

- Stephenstein

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