2nd May, 2006. I walked briskly within the heart of Berjaya Times Square. I noticed a long queue, something not quite out of the ordinary, considering it’s a public holiday, and the my destination was also the destination of hundreds more.
I walked right past the long queue, looking for the word “reservations“. Ah, there it is. Right next to the counter with the word “premiere“. I’ve tried premiere once. Loved it, and planning for a second, or third, or fourth, provided I have the moolah and the proper company. The queue I saw earlier ended at the counter next to it, which does not have any wording on it.
I pulled out my phone. I had a 6 digit number on the wallpaper.
Here’s my reservation number, I said. As the lady typed it in to her computer, another announced using a hailer, that the tickets for Spiderman 3 is finished for the day. A loud sigh was heard.
“OK, here you go, Spiderman 3, 5 person, last row at the center. Enjoy your show.”
I felt a sudden dread coming from the side, as i held fast to my ticket. Jangan Pandang Tepi….
Actually, I was trying to brag that I got some good seats for a movie that hundreds failed to see on the 2nd day of the screening. But all my effort was almost not worth it. Here’s why:
If you cared for your hair, then you know, how Shampoo And Conditioner are no challenge for separate Shampoo, and Conditioner. The same analogy could be used for Spiderman 3 (S3). Somehow I have this feeling of Spiderman 1 and 2 in the same movie.
I love Spiderman 1, for it deals more with Spidey, in the real world. I loved Spiderman 2 even more, for it now focuses more on Peter Parker, but with Spidey as a side dish. Different, but a wholesome meal together, and incomplete separated.
In S3, I had the same feeling I had as watching X-Men 3: The Last Stand, and using the last of the AMD K7 Generation chips. They had to try so hard to up the ante, that it seems obvious that too much effort have been put. In the end, things began to crumble on it’s own.
In a nutshell, S3 revolves around both Spidey and Peter against their darker self. In addition to that, he has his old pal, and his love to take care of. Well, Pete, With great power, comes great responsibility indeed.
Actually, it’s not bad. Not bad at all. But after how Sam Raimi did S2, S3 should be better, not the same. The villains are bigger, and tougher to kill. Not to mention that at times we do side with the villain, instead of our friendly neighborhood hero.
Seriously! Gone are the days where the villains are just into world domination/destruction. Except maybe the upcoming Transformers movie. But those are robots. Robots can’t act. Except Bender in Futurama.
Fight and chase scenes are superb, effects are well done, but it’s the story that’s lacking. There’s maybe too much to tell, and too little time (running time: 2 1/2 hours). There’s the Spiderman vs Venom plot, Sandman plot, Peter vs Brock plot, Peter and MJ plot, Peter and Harry plot, Spiderman vs New Goblin plot. It went well in the first half, but then goes on to be a bit rushed.
For instance, and I think is the biggest clue of all the rushing, is how easy Harry was convinced that Spiderman didn’t kill his father, especially after all Spiderman and Peter had done to him. Not to mention how quickly Sandman turned himself, after Venom was defeated. I mean, Venom defeated and suddenly he turned in? Oh, come on! At least put on a lecture session. If it’s time Sam’s run out of, I’m sure we could all live without seeing Peter dancing on the streets…
Jokes are aplenty in this sequel, not to mention sad scenes. As I’ve said before, I just cant stand watching a struggling father trying to do something for his child, Flint‘s story did touched me deep. Jameson and the landlord provided the proper comic relief, but Peter had his share too. The landlord fella does remind me of an alien in MIB, but maybe it’s the bulging eye.
I’m trying very hard not to give too much information here, nor am I trying to give too much hope. You might be disappointed, after all the hype. The movie’s trying to do quite a lot, and while succeeding in some, failing in others.
Since I gave Spiderman 2 a 4/5 rating, Spiderman 3 deserves only 3.5/5 star.