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Monday, May 07, 2007

"Spider-Man 3" - what did you think?

No surprise that “Spider-Man 3” set all kinds of box-office records this weekend. It won’t be getting any repeat business, though, from the woman who left the theater in front of me Sunday, grumbling, “I thought it would never end.”

I wasn’t particularly dazzled, either. (Mild spoilers ahead.) The big problem for me was that there’s really two movies squeezed into one and the pacing is all off. Some moments go on forever, but the last quarter of the movie is rushed. All of a sudden, there’s Venom, then Venom teaming up with Sandman, then Mary Jane in a trap. Please, if there is a “Spider-Man 4,” can it NOT have Mary Jane used as bait to lure Spider-Man? Three times in a row is enough.

That’s not to say I hated it. Sandman was great, looking like he truly did step out of a comic-book page. I also liked the development of Harry Osborn. And there were plenty of nice character beats. It just didn’t all gel.


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