Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace
This movie took a lot of shit for being such a poor last installment in a good series, and as such it’s gotten a reputation for being basically unwatchable. This reputation is… not completely undeserved. There’s a lot of stuff in here which is just plain awful or a result of interesting ideas done really poorly, but there are also a couple good things. Basically I’m saying that Thomas Haden Church was really good as Sandman, and it’s a shame the rest of the movie happened.
Things seem to be going all right for Peter Parker, he’s getting ready to propose to his actress girlfriend, after a stupid fight his best friend suffers the most convenient amnesia ever which stops him from wanting to murder Pete, and his alter-ego, Spider-Man, is starting to get in good with the public. Unfortunately, as is often the case, everything goes wrong for Pete, and the only thing that helps is the mysterious new black costume he suddenly finds himself wearing, which makes him happy, but also a gigantic douchebag. After way too long of being just completely obnoxious, he finally takes it off and it grafts itself on to his photographer competitor to become Venom. He’ll have to fight Venom and Sandman, a man made of radioactive sand, to save his girlfriend who hates him.
Everyone wanted Venom to be in this movie, but they just changed so much about the character that he was no longer the villain everybody liked. Casting Topher Grace because of his similarity to Tobey Maguire was an interesting gamble… which failed, big time. Between him and the soap operatic plot involving James Franco, 2/3rds of the villains (who unfortunately get most of the screen time) are just awful. And yes, douchebag Peter Parker was annoying and it’s easy to see why everyone hated that part, but that was kinda the point. I dunno, maybe they took it in a different direction than people expected, like they just wanted him to be more aggressive like the original story went, but I can kinda get that. I still really liked Church’s Sandman.