I didn't go to the movies to see this film, I just watched it on DVD. I had seen the first Spiderman in the theatres and it was pretty good, but not good enough to make me want to see any sequels (I watched part two on televison...) and Marvel Comics did quite some heavy filming around that time anyways, so if you wanted to see some comic on the big screen, there was plenty of material available - most of which was of pretty much the same quality as the first and second Spidey Movie. So I started this film with almost no expectations at all except for having a nice relaxed evening with some mediocre comic sequel on my small telly set and some noodles and chocolate.
Well was I disappointed...
Until yesterday, if I thought of Spiderman, I always first remembered the animated television series I used to watch as a child. I was so into that guy, bashing all those bad guys and dealing with all the villains and their technology. I just loved the whole DNA, mutation, plasma, radiation stuff - a boy's dream. And only after that I thought of the two movies, which were to me nothing but a shortened, modernized version of the series, which had made some good approaches in trying to refine the story and make it more ... you could say, human, but had failed in seeing that through to the end.
From now on, when I hear Spiderman, I'll first think of this film.
What the first two movies didn't quite finish - this one does. What the first two lacked - this one has it. What the first two did good - this one does it better.
This movie is just awsome, it has got everything you could only wish for and even some more you wouldn't have dreamt of. Its CGI is eye-splattering and its soundtrack is ear-bursting.
And I can't even start to talk about its story...
The first two movies tried to focus more and more on Peter's moral conflict and failed - this film IS that conflict. The story is so ingeniously structured, it reflects his inner development from loved boyfriend and adored hero to lonley and self-absorbed ego-maniac in the main plot and is at the same time able to construct two more plots - and all that without you even noticing.
It leaves you guessing how he's gonna manage all that has gone wrong, how he's gonna turn all those things back to good. And it leaves all your guessings to be revealed as wrong.
It makes you jump from the one plot to the other, it makes you jump from one side to the other, it makes your heart jump.
It's just one incredible movie - the best of Spiderman and under the best of comic adaptions. It even made me write this review right after watching it, although I'm pretty tired already...
I can only recommend you this film. If you want big big cinema go and get it.