Overall, I give Spidey3 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
I managed to skip all the trailers and media coverage of the movie beforehand. I will admit, I was worried it was going the route of Batman with the multiple villains.
This was a good movie. It could have been a GREAT movie. I think it would have been better to focus on one of the three : Goblin Jr, Venom, or Sandman then cram all three in there.
I loved the venom storyline. Peter’s descent and eventual redemption. But this should have taken the whole movie. We should have seen Peter find the symbiote in the first 20 minutes and have him face random superpowered thugs as he begins to lose it. Then have him lose the suit and have Venom be created…around the midpoint. Then focus on Venom stalking Peter and Friends for the remainder with the climax. I loved the look of Venom and the actor playing Eddie Brock seemed a perfect fit for the role.
Alternately, they could have had an awesome Goblin story the way they started out with Harry being friendly towards Peter and have him fund lesser criminals before coming after Peter as the new and improved Goblin.
The Sandman story…meh…the retcon they used to add more of a connection to Peter did not sit too well with me. Thomas Haden Church played the part very well though. The effects were amazing. But I am not sure this storyline could be stretched to a full movie. The other two definitely.
Seeing the movie version of Gwen Stacy and Captain Stacy was interesting – but really did not need to be there. I am hoping they are setting up future storylines to be followed. I know Sony wants to do Spidey 4,5, and 6 whether Raimi and Tobey return or not.
Like I said before, This is a good movie! Don’t let my fanboy rant cover that up. I guess the Schumaker-era Batman movies really really burned me.