Emo spidey has hit the theatres and is still chalking up good audience numbers despite the arrival of the green ogre shortly after Spiderman 3’s launch of the summer movie season. No less a luminary than George Lucas has slammed Spiderman for not having much of a story – could it really be that he is ticked off that Spiderman 3 was made entirely without the services of Industrial Light and Magic. Ebert and Roeper gave Spiderman 3 the thumbs down and it hasn’t exactly received rave review from other locales either (other than the obvious media whores working on the studio side of the street). So why did I like it so much?
It could be that it was the first blockbuster of the season so I was pumped when I walked into the cinema. It could be that I liked that Peter Parker proved beyond all shadow of a doubt that he has a dark side and that he can be as much of an idiot as the next guy when all his thinking happens south of the neck. Peter is no immune to accolades, idol worship and self love. Like all guys he thinks that if someone is telling him a problem it is because they want him to fix it not just listen to them. Mary Jane (the girl that a guy like Peter would never even get the phone number of in real life) learns that Pete is a typical guy in more ways that she would care to believe which is disillusioning for her – poor MJ.
Returning to the scene of the crimes is Harry seeking to avenge his father’s death. Venom who has a personal grudge against Spiderman and Sandman who has a strangely compelling story that helps Peter understand more about himself than anyone else in the movie can. This is box office bonanza popcorn it is not high art but it is fun the story is good and it is only hard to follow if you had to take remedial movie watching in high school cinema. Complaints about too many story lines and too many characters are just stupid. This is a great addition to the Spiderman series and the fact that audiences are still flocking to the cinema to see it is proof once again that the blazer with open collar crowd just don’t get it.