July 9th, 2007
I’m predisposed to like comic-book movies. Comics played a big role in my life as a childhood reader. I used to read them under the covers with a flashlight so my mom wouldn’t know I wasn’t sleeping. I think my experience is pretty much normal for my generation. (My generation of boys, that is. Don’t know about girls.) (Well, it’s normal for me and my brother!)
The Spider-Man movies have been pretty good, but this one suffers from kind of a tired feeling. The plot is too complicated - not complex, just complicated - with too many villains, and an extraneous female rival for Spidey’s affections. It goes on for a long time too. I thought it was over at least three times, but I was mistaken. It feels like three or four not-bad ideas were crammed into one movie, to try and make up for the absence of one really good idea.
It isn’t horrible. For fans of the series, there is no reason not to see it. The effects are good, as usual, and the main plot line - Spidey turns to the dark side - is kind of fun to watch. But I think if the series is to continue, it is going to need a new director and a new direction.