Superman and Spiderman- what’s the difference? Well, apart from both of them flying around in leotards solving crimes, all the difference in the world. Whilst Superman is a super-alien allergic only to kryptonite, Spidey is a human just like us; except with super-Spidey powers. Given x-ray vision, he could well at times use it to see through women’s clothing, as this, the third Spidey-film attests in his rebellious phase.
(Warning- spoilers to follow!)
So what do I think of it? As a Marvel fan, I found it very enjoyable, not to mention involving. Spidey faces a battle against his own inner demons, brought on by a malevolent space-virus that turns him into the men-in-black version of S-man that you can see in all the posters. There’s lots of action, stunning effects and an unrelenting pace. I especially liked the transformation of Sandman, as he slowly regains consciousness and the will to exist in the sand-pit.
Donning my movie-critic hat, I have to fault it on it’s overly-complex plot, however. Like Star Wars Ep.III, my favourite of the newer batch of prequels, it tries to cram too much into it’s 2-3 hour slot, leading to a bit of a jumbled impression and one which could have some viewers wanting a seat nearer the exit-door. Having so many plot-lines makes it hard to follow all of them and makes the fights appear rushed, so you may end up caring less for characters that you don’t get to know so well. Still, for me personally, this didn’t happen, as I felt drawn right in. I have to commend the director for dealing so visually with the basic theme of good and evil- Spidey finding dark new powers and only after a time supposing the will to (thankfully) reject them.
By experimenting with the new powers that the space-bacteria gives him, Spidey finds a whole new racy persona, which he hopes will impress the girls in his life. Fortunately for everyone in this comic-book idealisation of things, the moral fiber of both his mother and fiancé is just too strong to tolerate destructive action s, even if they do seem to bring sudden justice (like trying to kill Sandman). His dead fathers words continue to haunt him, words I felt were always directed at America as a whole by the director- "With great power comes great responsibility". Superheroes are to follow the light side of the force, resisting the temptations of the darker one. Seeing such mythic events portrayed with such vividness before you, is quite an experience.
Overall, I’ll give it a (high) 8/10. Some of the scenes are a little cheesy, which stops it making a nine. I’d call it the second-best Spidey movie to date, after the ground-breaking Episode 1 (that’s Spiderman , not Star Wars Ep 1, which was more like stomache-breraking). See it on the big screen if you can- you won’t regret it. I liked it enough to get a poster for my place- you can’t get much more recommendation than that!