We’ll kick off DVD Week with the DVD that completed my Spider-Man Trilogy collection: Spider-Man 3 2-Disc Special Edition! I was psyched to see the movie in a theater, but I was most excited to own it on DVD. I mean, come on, a Spider-Man Trilogy movie marathon on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Geekgasm galore.
The Story: I have to admit, the first time I saw the movie, I felt it was all over the place. I thought there were too many plot threads to follow, and it was overwhelming. When I saw it again, though, I felt it was OK. It had the elements of action, comedy, drama, science fiction, horror, and yes, it was also a dance musical at one point. Speaking of that scene where Peter displayed his dancing prowess, a lot of people hated that. I, on the other hand, thought that it was funny. Yes, the story was all over the place and you have to watch it at least twice to appreciate the web (stupid pun intended) of characters and plot threads (there’s another one!). There’s a lot to digest here, but in the end, as a fan of comic book-inspired movies, I’m satisfied.
The Eye Candy: After the first movie blew my mind with what they can do with today’s CGI, and after they went a little further with it in the second film, Spider-Man 3’s imagery was sorta blah. Sure, Venom looks awesome and the Spidey-Goblin fight in the alley was spectacular (LOL I’m on fire with puns today!), but it all felt been-there-done-that. As for the ladies, well, Kirsten doesn’t have the same oomph she had in the first movie. Bryce is cute as Gwen Stacy, but I think she’s a little chubby. The hottest version of Bryce Dallas Howard will always be the one in The Village. The best piece of eye candy here is most definitely Sandman. No, not Thomas Haden Church, ass. The Sandman CGI, specifically his origin sequence.
The Actors: It’s good to see Maguire, Dunst, and Franco still doing some pretty good acting. Of course, J.K. Simmons and Bruce Campbell still steal the show every time they’re on-screen. Haden Church is perfect as Sandman, but Topher Grace? The casting department could’ve done better. He just looked goofy in that Venom suit. Also, I kept thinking of Topher’s The 70’s Show co-star, Mila Kunis, every time I saw him. In fact, I kept thinking of Mila and Kirsten together. Wearing bikinis. Weird.
The DVD Extras: I’m sorta disappointed that there isn’t a good featurette focusing on the comic book characters. It’s all technical stuff and character dissection. But hey, I’m not complaining. Any 2-Disc DVD set stuffed with extras is OK in my book.
It may not be as groundbreaking as the first movie, or as emotionally charged as the second, but Spider-Man 3 is still worth the price of admission and the DVD price tag. Now I want to see a Spider-Man documentary similar to Superman’s Look, Up in the Sky! DVD. Spider-Man has enough material from comics, TV, musicals, and movies to fill an interesting and entertaining documentary. And I hope they include the upside down kiss from the first movie. With Mila Kunis digitally superimposed on Spidey. What?