Sunday, May 06, 2007

Spiderman 3 - Peter Parker Goes My Chemical Romance

Caught the new Spiderman 3 flick on Saturday. The film wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The whole storyline with Kirsten Dunst being a theatrical singer was really bizarre. But even more baffling was how strange Peter Parker started behaving after he put on the black Spidey suit.

Next thing you know he looks like he's playing bass guitar for My Chemical Romance, sports an Emu haircut and eyeliner. He walks down the street to the Bee Gees' 'Staying Alive', looking at all the hot chicks.

I am sure Sam Raimi had something up his sleeve here, but what was a superhero franchise, started to turn into an episode straight out the OC.

There's no denying the visual effects were stunning, but you just couldn't help thinking what they are going to do next with Spiderman 4. There has to be another film to the series, because this one ended with a soppy love story element to it which was unsurprisingly corny and predictably American.

The romantic thread between Peter Parker and Mary Jane was very suspect. In Spidey 3, Peter studies at school with some hot blonde babe who looks a million times sexier than Kirsten, verging on hooker territory. I am sure Kirsten is a nice babe, but she tends to come across like a moody brat. You can't help but want to snap her out of her post-teen coma.

What was she doing snogging Green Goblin?

Sandman was a fascinating super villain. Venom was interesting but he didn't get enough screen time. I liked how Raimi brought back the Green Goblin and used this character as a counterpoint to Peter Parker's paranoia.

Spiderman 3 was a lot better than the recent Batman and Superman movies. I think if Raimi can get even more subversive on the next Spidey movie, we might even start seeing the real Peter Parker; former heroin addict and ex-porn star... but don't expect an action figure. Popcorn for everyone. But please, no more test screenings. Just make Spiderman real.