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It is difficult to discuss the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series without discussing the third and last installment. What makes it even more difficult is that we have had three different Spider-Man movies since then. It makes Spider-Man 3 so much more difficult is due to how haphazardly The Amazing Spider-Man series was done, and how good it can get with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Knowing how good it can get is what makes this third entry in the series so much more horrid.

Much like with our installment of The Planet of the Apes from Tim Burton, seeing the strengths make the mistakes harder to watch. Very few times do directors retcon their own universe by making someone else the murderer of Uncle Ben. Thus, allowing Peter Parker the burden of being responsible for the death of an “innocent”.

Unlike Alien 3 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, there is very little to redeem this movie. Dallas Bryce Howard is easy on the eyes in this film but is not enough to save this movie. Even their flippant use of Gwen Stacy was squandered as someone to make MJ jealous with. The obvious nature of Peter Parker to MJ’s issues is gut-wrenching. Not to mention that eye-roll of a Big Chill rip-off.

Emo Spider-Man is not cool. Women in New York would not be looking at him as if he is Chris Helmsworth. This final installment of the series was not as horrible as Planet of the Apes, but Spider-Man 3 was not that much better.

Be ready for next week, as we begin our final series of the year and the season of holiday movies. Of course, we could not begin the series without discussion Lethal Weapon.



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