Movie Review: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

And so we come to the end of this review series on the Raimi-directed “Spider-Man” movies. It’s been fun revisiting this franchise. So let’s talk about the final part!

Ladies and gents… “Spider-Man 3”.

Peter (Tobey Maguire) seems to finally have his life under control. But that soon takes a dark turn when a mysterious space goop enters his life and changes his for the worse. All the while a super-powered petty criminal (Thomas Haden Church) roams the city after having escaped from prison. ALL THE WHILE Peter finds himself in some love triangle drama with Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst) and Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). ALL THE WHILE his- fuck this. Just… fuck it. There are elements in the plot that are good. But overall, it’s a god damn mess. It has more threads than a spider web, and they are all (for the most part) paper thin. Like I said, there are some nice parts here too, some finely handled dramatic/emotionally charged bits. But they all find themselves tangled up in this scatterbrained web.

The characters here are mixed. Some are nuanced and interesting, and some are Topher Grace as Eddie Brock. The returning core cast of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco are all great in their roles, and do wonders with the material they’re given (which sometimes isn’t great). Rosemary Harris as Aunt May is still the warm, comforting presence she’s always been. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson is still an absolute blast to watch. As for new blood, there’s Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sandman. He’s given a surprising amount of development, and gives a really solid performance. And then we have the aforementioned Topher Grace as Eddie Brock. Look, Grace is not a bad actor, and he actually does a good job playing an absolute slimeball here… but he feels miscast for the character of Eddie Brock. And the stuff they do with the character here… just, no. Overall, decent cast.

Unlike the first two movies, the score in this one wasn’t composed by Danny Elfman. Instead, musical duties were handed over to Christopher Young, who I think did a great job. He incorporates Elfman’s iconic theme wonderfully, while still bringing his own flair to a lot of the other tracks. There are some emotionally charged pieces here that really work well within the movie.

As we’ve pointed out already, “Spider-Man 3” was, like its predecessors directed by Sam Raimi, who I think mostly did a great job here. I say mostly, because compared to the other two, there’s a lot more leaning on CGI for various things in this one. Which also makes some bits look a bit wonky, especially a chase scene early on in the movie. There is cool stuff to it, but overall the green screen effect looks kinda unfinished. And there are a few CGI humans in this movie, and they were a bit distracting. But with all that said, whenever it doesn’t use shit effects, it looks good. The action scenes in this are generally great, with one fight scene some ways into the movie being one of my favorite parts of it.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 63% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

So while “Spider-Man 3” is a bit of a let-down compared to the first two, it’s still an enjoyable superhero movie. It has a messy plot with good moments, mostly good characters, really good performances, great music, and good directing/action with only a few wonky effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Spider-Man 3” is a 6,95/10. So while flawed, it’s still worth a rental.

My review of “Spider-Man 3” is now completed.

Bit a downer to end this series on. C’est la vie, je suppose.

Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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The “Jurassic Park” franchise is one of those franchises that I just can’t get enough of. Of course the first one is a fucking masterpiece that can’t be beat and “The Lost World” was a solid sequel, I rewatched a month or so ago with my best friend and it was better than I remembered. And “Jurassic Park 3” is… meh. But now it is time to talk about the long awaited fourth movie that people have been waiting for.

Dr. Gentlemen, my dear Dr. Ladies, welcome… to “Jurassic World”.

Keep this in mind, this movie ignores the sequels entirely, okay I’m done with disclaimers now. But in this movie, John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has been made a reality. And it seems that there was no expense spared. So we follow the two brothers Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) who get the cance to go and visit this huge park featuring living dinosaurs. But this park doesn’t only have the classic and awesome dinosaurs you recognize from other movies, oh no. In a lab led by Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong, who also was in the first movies) they have cooked up something new, something… terrible. A new hybrid dinosaur that as you may expect manage to break out and cause tons of havoc. So now it is up to former marine, now raptor trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park boss Calire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to try to stop it. Simple monster movie plot with the “Jurassic Park” name stuck to it. Does it hold up to the height of the original? Not really. Does it hold up as a fun and thrilling plot as an entirely different movie? Hell yes! I was invested and thrilled the entire way through. I loved seeing the plot of this movie move forward. I had no real problems with it.

The characters were interesting, compelling and above all, entertaining. Chris Pratt is as awesome as always but with a little more badass stuck to him. Of course he’s not all “super serious badass”, he does crack a few jokes every now and then which all are really good. Bryce Dallas Howard (Fun fact: Daughter of director Ron Howard) was also really good in her role. And the two young actors they got to play the two brothers in the movie were actually good considering young/child actors these days are rarely good, they are for the most part unbearable. But these two were pretty good. Vincent D’Onofrio was also in the movie playing what best could be described as an asshole, and that he did very well.

The score for the movie was done by Michael Giacchino. And it was actually really good. Not as good as John Williams’ classic original score, but still really good. I know it sounds like I am comparing things, but I am really not. Anyway, Michael Giacchino’s score is really epic and suspenseful and fits the movie prefectly. Nothing felt like straight up “stock action/thriller music”, every track felt perfectly placed and are were great to listen to.

This movie was directed by Colin Trevorrow who I have not seen a single damn thing from. But after watching “Jurassic World” I kind of want to watch more of his things. Because this movie is really well-shot, everything looks terrific. And the visual effects look pretty damn great. This is the only sort of flaw I have with the movie and that is the over-reliance on CGI. The previous movies were all about making the dinosaurs look real, so they used am ix of animatronics and puppets together with some CGI to make really convincing dinosaurs. Not that the dinosaurs in this movie look bad, oh no, they all look terrific. I just miss the practical dinosaurs which they did used a little bit in one seen. And with no joking what so ever, the final act of this movie is pretty fucking fantastic. Especially the final action scene which I will not spoil as it is as great as it is. And I admit that there were two points in this movie that made me tear up. One of the moments was the one early on in the movie when they played the original “Jurassic Park” theme, it just brought up so many memories that I cried out of happiness. The second one I will not spoil because it’s pretty far into the movie and once again, happy tears. Also, did anyone else (who saw this) think the older of the two brothers kind of looks like a young James Franco?
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Seeing as this movie just came out I don’t havr too much to go by seeing as these scoes will change in the near future. But I will still show them here because I always do that. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10.

“Jurassic World” is a fun popcorn thriller that will keep you entertained. While not as good as the masterful original, it still beats the other sequels. It has an entertaining and thrilling plot, good characters, a good original score, good direction, excellent visual effects, entertaining action scenes and just an overall fun sense of adventure. Time for my final score. *Raaawr*. My final score for “Jurassic World” is a 9,86/10. I personally think it deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Jurassic World” is completed.

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