I have loved Spider-Man since my childhood. The saturday morning animated series was my first proper introduction and it still stands high in my list of great Spider-Man stories. A cartoon, like a comic book, has it easy. They can do whatever they want. You can put every villain from the…
Wow, very high praise.
I enjoyed the movie a lot, but I have to say that some of its flaws brought it down for me. I totally agree with you vis a vis pacing. The middle was drawn out and the ending rushed as if they needed to fulfil their “adherence to the comics” quota.
I do agree that the number of villains didn’t overcrowd the movie though, but I do think Goblin appeared for all too brief a time considering the massive ramifications of his actions. Hopefully that will come up in Amazing Spider-man 3 (still annoyed they didn’t go with other adjectives just to spice it up).
I liked it more than “Amazing Spider-man”, which I felt was too dark and not colourful enough (in both lighting and content) for a Spidey movie, this had the right mix of both. I’m still not sure where I’d set it on the Spidometer though. It’d be high, but I still have a fondness for Spider-man 1 and 2 for Willem Dafoe’s deliciously over-indulgent Goblin and the phenomenal Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, but that may in part be the ol’ rose-tinted specs.
I think on a second watch I’ll probably appreciate it more, but there is no doubt in my mind that Jamie Foxx’s Electro is the second greatest Spider-man villain portrayed on screen and I really hope we’ve not seen the last of him.
As for the score, I’m inclined to agree, though I still like Elfman’s theme slightly more for Spidey, but Electro’s motif was incredibly powerful and really elevated his scenes even further. Using lyrics within it too spelling out his paranoia could have been really cheesy, but it worked so well and was done in such a menacing way that it never for a moment felt out of place. First thing I did when I got home was buy “My Enemy” from the soundtrack.
I’ll admit that much of this review is personal. But as I say, what I think really worked others might hate. As usual my issues are with what the critics have said, in that they’re trying to justify their opinion by almost lying about the facts of the film.
There’s a lot that works and there’s a lot that probably doesn’t for other people, but I really adored it. It’s what I’ve expected of a Spider-Man film for a long time. If the Raimi movies had never happened, I think people would have very different opinions about these movies.