VIDEO: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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Continuing his look at superhero movies, the Slob checks out Sam Raimi’s finale to his Spider-Man trilogy! Unfortunately, something dark and mysterious lurks in the shadows of this review, as the Slob is transformed by a strange goo. What does this mean for his defense of Spider-Man 3? Watch and find out!

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  • Thomas Stockel

    Fun review.  I have mixed feelings about this movie.  I don’t hate it, but I can see how horribly flawed it is.  I think like Iron Man II it is a case of a director getting a studio mandate and rather than rising to the challenge to making the best movie possible they half ass it utterly.  Seriously, Iron Man II and Spider Man III could have been much better movies.

  • NEIN!! IZ UNACCEPTABLE!! I demand ze film spend hourz showing Spider-man and every hero and villain on Earth being abucted by and all powerful alien and forced to fight for months in order to properly establish the symbiote’s backstory!

    Seriously though, my opinion on this movie has softened considerably since I first saw it. Sure it’s narratively a mess, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun, and has that touching sincerity to it we love getting from Sam Raimi’s child-like perspective of Spider-man. And honestly, I unironically love the dance sequences, because that’s Sam Raimi effectively making fun of the entire notion of Venom and and “evil” Spider-man.

    BTW, love Evil Cinema Slob’s gangster accent. Would love to see more of him.

    • Zachary LaVoy

      I don’t know what happened. My initial idea was to just turn into full on Snob voice mode, but I ended up getting stuck in my New York/Gangster accent. 

    • Liam Barrett

      I think the reason I hate the way Raimi handled the Symbiote is because it represents total unprofessionalism- supposedly, Sam wanted The Sandman to be the lone main villain, but Marvel higher-ups made him put Venom in the film, and not WANTING Venom in the film, he seemingly decided to make a bit if a joke out of the character. So what I see when I see Peter do that dance is a film-maker basically throwing ALL his toys out of the pram, have a massive temper-tantrum, the essentially film it and sell it back to us as entertainment. And that is bullshit.

      There are two other reasons it bothers me- I’m a big Topher Grace fan, and that guy gets the ROYAL shaft in this movie due to how his character is represented (and as an aside, this poor guy just can’t BUY a fucking break), and, YES, I’m a big Venom fan. I wanted to see the character afforded the same dignity given to Doc Ock and Sandy (though not The Green Goblin, the costume alone assured no dignity for THAT character). What I got left me feeling a bit insulted, frankly.

      • See, to me, it wasn’t Raimi throwing a temper tantrum. It was him doing the character the respect he deserved, that is to say none. Let’s be real here: Venom is one of the most overrated characters in comics. He’s a bald-faced attempt to make Spider-man more edgey for a 90’s audience (god knows why he stuck around after the decade ended).

        But even it we agreed Venom doesn’t suck, that still doesn’t change one fact: Sam Raimi said repeatedly to us and to his producers “I don’t like this character, I don’t get his appeal, I don’t like what he represents. There is no place for him in my vision of Spider-man, and if you make me put him in, you aren’t going to get what you’re looking for because I’m not the guy to give you that. You want a Venom movie, ask someone who gives a shit about Venom.” We didn’t listen, we kept pestering him. We’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.

        And what I find so hilarious about the Emo Spider-man sequences is what Sam is implying with them. He’s not just making fun of Venom, he’s making fun of the whole idea of an “Evil Spider-man”, because the symbiote story so misrepresents Peter Parker, it’s almost laughable. You know why Peter Parker’s dark side is so dorky and nothreatening? BECAUSE THIS IS AS EVIL AS PETER PARKER GETS. Peter Parker is the most virtuous, innocent superhero out there next to Superman & Captain Marvel. At his very worst he is occasionally a little selfish and he beats himself up over it every time he is. So Sam has his put on this corny Saturday Night Fever bad boy attitude, because that’s what “edgey” is to wholesome, innocent Peter.

        If anyone in this situation threw a childish temper-tantrum, it was the fans. You wanted Sam Raimi’s vision of Venom? There it is. Be careful what you wish for.

        • Liam Barrett

          I get where you’re coming from, but at the end of the day, it’s corporate film-making. I’m a screenwriter, and I’m not going to lie, there IS something to the myth of the magic of collaboration and working together. I’m not going to scotch that. But the OTHER reality is, at the end of the day, sometimes you’re just an employee. And if you’re boss (here- a film’s producer or the title character’s owning studio) wants you to do something, it’s like any other job- you do it to the best of your abilities, or you get shit-canned. Raimi decided he didn’t want to go that way, so I wasn’t surprised when he had the gig taken away from him (and I don’t care what he says, I’m convinced that’s what happened). I also wasn’t overly sad.

          • I get what you’re saying but while film is indeed a business, but it is also an art. And if you force an artist to make something he doesn’t believe in, you’ve got no right to complain as a businessman when the version you get is soulless and uninspired. If anything Raimi went above and beyond the call of duty. Instead of just making a dull corporate product (like the makers of Amazing Spider-man did), he instead took this character he wanted nothing to do with, and found and angle that worked for him.

          • Liam Barrett

            See, this is where we’ll never agree, because I loved Amazing Spider-Man. I DEFINITELY liked it better than Spider-Man 3, if nothing else.

          • Russell Brin (Facebook Sux)

            I haven’t seen Amazing Spider-Man, what makes it worth watching, if I may ask?

          • Tedzey71

            In the end of the day, I’m not going to go out and watch TASM again. However, I have a strong personal bias supporting the first two Raimi films. What I can’t stand about the new movie is the choice to make Peter Parker an angst-ey self interested teenager as opposed to the really good kid who can’t seem to get a good break. It’s there, but it’s mostly covered by a character that mostly resembles “Ultimate Spiderman,” however the earlier Peter Parker is somewhat timeless. Honestly I would have preferred if the reboot wasn’t an origin story since it’s pretty repetitive that EVERY superhero movie has to start with an origin story. Why not start in the middle of the action since every body and their mother knows how Peter Parker became spiderman. Heck, even Raimi didn’t spend too much time with how he got his powers in the first movie.

            Again, my opinion might be subjective since I REALLY love the Raimi films minus a majority of Spiderman 3. TASM is at least better than 3 in that it’s simple comic book movie… but Spider-man is so much larger than life!

          • Hear, hear! 

            Ugh.. Amazing Spider-man.  How I loathe thee.  =(

  • I’m just not a fan of the old Spiderman trilogy in general, with this being my least favorite, since, well…I don’t like Mary Jane, and she is pretty much all the motivation for Peter’s actions in this one. The new Spiderman movie is awesome, though. Just sayin’. ;)

  • Liam Barrett

    This is the first movie you’ve reviewed that I genuinely dislike.

  • So the symbiote turns you into Joey Tedesco? That’s odd xD

    Fun review, Zach!

    • Tedzey71

      There can only be one! (Pulls out sword)

      • Sask Noob

        I was thinking the same thing, no one out Jersey’s Tedesco…

  • Oh wait, it turned you into the snob XD

  • Elfshotthefood

     You should be taken over by the symbiote more often. ;)