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07 May 2007 @ 08:13 pm
Spiderman III, or Peter Parker and the Eyeliner of Emo  
Among the very few things I accomplished this weekend was going to see Spiderman III. I liked it! :-D I'll probably be in the minority on this one, but personally I found it way less yawn-enducing than the first couple of movies. It probably helped a lot that I went with very low expectations, having learnt my lesson from being hyped about Spiderman I and Spiderman II. But I don't think it was just that. There were other differences which, for me, made this movie more appealing:
- the action sequences and CGI were genuinely incredible--I don't know if it was just because Australia was late getting Spiderman I and II and other big special effects movies had come out before them, but honestly I wasn't that blown away by the set pieces in I and II. But the Sandman was mesmerising in its effectiveness and the opening battle with New Goblin was incredibly fast and perfect. The out-of-control crane was another highlight. Loads of fun!
- Having Peter be a self-involved (if lovable) git to MJ totally helped me with her character. I've always found her somewhat insipid and annoying, despite loving Kirsten Dunst, but this movie successfully showed her sympathetic side. They get extra points from me for making that cute omelette-cooking scene with Harry; Harry's another one I've found it hard to warm too, but rebooted!Harry was actually charming and for the first time the love triangle worked for me for that reason.
- Black suit! I sooo much loved seeing Peter's dark side explored--temptation to the 'dark side' always hooks me in. ;-)
- Parallelism! Whee! Unlike some critics, I liked the multiple plots. Having Harry, Eddie and Peter, as well as the Sandman, all struggle with their darker sides totally worked for me. I was bored as all get out with the plots of the first two movies--this gave me way more to engage with.
- This leads to: unexpected symbolism and thematic unity. Something which the first two movies didn't score too well on, imo. But this time, I was engaged by the exploration of audience and fame (Peter and MJ both finding a balanced perspective by the end of the movie), and appreciated the way the movie played with the ideas of stage and audience and the way they 'frame' the protagonists, via the TV crew commentary or jokes from members of the crowd. I also loved the various visual portrayals of willpower: the Sandman forcing himself back together by sheer determination; Peter wrestling the black suit off.
- Humour! Yes, sometimes I was laughing at the movie or Peter, but in a good way. Hell, none of the movies have particularly good scripts, but at least they had some fun with this one. Of course the highlight, humour-wise, was Peter's eyeliner of emo--it came and went with the black suit! *lol* I loved it. And the whole sequence where he strutted his stuff down the street and in the bar had me gasping for breath at the hilarity. Emo chic! *rotfl* Running a close second was Harry's butler playing his cards close to his chest for most of the movie until the most melodramatic moment possible. Ah, I love that good old-fashioned story-teller's immunity to logic!
- It was slashy and I cared for the first time ever. See above re. having trouble warming to Harry until now. I still didn't much care that he died, but I cared for Peter.
- Topher Grace! Topher was definitely a trump card in this movie for me. I'm awful fond of him, and not only because he cuddles Michael Rosenbaum. ;-) I thought he was very well cast as Eddie (it was Eddie?), the rival photographer, and his performance was heaps of fun--I was bouncy whenever he was on screen.

All in all, a fun night at the movies. Quote of the night from my bf (I swear, completely unprompted by me in any way): 'It's a good thing Peter doesn't have a minimalist style apartment... otherwise, you'd think he was gay!' Yes. Decor. That's what's standing in the way of that reading. *blinks*
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Heather: Black Suited Spidey in the Rainmiss_tress on May 7th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Running a close second was Harry's butler
Bernard. Butler, CSI Technician, Awesome Dude.

I also totally loved the movie (big surprise there!) and I totally wanted to throw something when it got two thumbs down from Roeper and whoever the fill in critic lady was. I'm afraid my kick-ass movie is going to suffer from the impossible expectations it has built up.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Martha Jonesbop_radar on May 7th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't really get why it's being particularly hated on. (Though my favourite Australian film critic gave it four out of five.)

Bernard for the win! \o/
Heather: Mirrored fears by Memiss_tress on May 7th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Bernard is totally of the win. I'm just happy that Alfred and Jarvis totally have to invite him to join their cool butlers club now.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 7th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Lex needs a butler. He really sucks at staffing. :-(
Le courage ne craint pas le crime: From attaccabottoni on May 7th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Bernard. Butler, CSI Technician, Awesome Dude.
*LOLs* Can I quote you on this? :D

And I was surprised when the bad reviews appeared. I didn't check them out before I watched because I thought everyone loved it. And it even exceeded my expectations, which made me I forgive the emo look because it gave me the dorky dancing. :D
Heather: WTF? Spideymiss_tress on May 7th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Feel free to quote me! I'm free dealing with my wordage.

And that's why the thumb system fails when it comes to reviewing movies. Having only two choices makes it an uneven reviewing system.
Beckygiggleloop on May 7th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
I liked it too! The emo eyeliner cracked me up, and the hair all down over his forehead, I was dying!
I actually genuinely liked rebooted!Harry too, and I was kinda ticked they got rid of him, which surprised me (my reaction, not that they did)

Honestly, I loved the entire movie, except the last five minutes. The whole wrapup conclusion felt really odd to me, after all that action. Oddly paced. Did you get that feeling? Or am I nuts?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark and Chloe reportersbop_radar on May 7th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the emo fringe was most gigglesome as well. I swear when he first looked in the mirror, I thought he was freaking about the eyeliner: 'where did that come from?' and then he flicked his hair and just embraced it. HEE!

The wrapup... hmm, I was geeking out over the whole 'world back in balance' aspect so it worked for me, but it was pretty low-key, I agree.
Le courage ne craint pas le crime: Whee!attaccabottoni on May 7th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yay for the action and the slash! They were the best parts of the movie and I wouldn't mind watching it again for that! *giggles*

and not only because he cuddles Michael Rosenbaum. ;-)
When was this glorious moment and is there pictorial evidence? ;-P

Your bf's quote of the night was hilarious. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on May 7th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, there's photographic evidence!

There's an even better one of them on a different occasion, but I don't have it to hand--I'll try and hunt it out.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on May 8th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Here's the cutest one of them.

Le courage ne craint pas le crime: Whee!attaccabottoni on May 8th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
OooooooooooooohMG SO CUTE! *squeees madly*
(Then I got weird visions of Lex Luthor and Venom facing off in a weird crossover, but anyway--)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kacey squeeee!bop_radar on May 8th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Hee! You're welcome! They make me squee madly too! :-D
mahaliemmahaliem on May 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
but rebooted!Harry was actually charming

Rebooted!Harry was adorable. Now I understand why he and Peter were in love best friends.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on May 7th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
It was such a relief to me! Because I'm all for the concept of them as lovers best friends, but Harry always seemed like a bit of tosser to me until now.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on May 7th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
I saw it on Saturday, and I enjoyed it, though I came away thinking Spiderman a giant wuss and not very hero-y, and I probably would have appreciated one less villain, but it was good fun:) Its sad that I'm not really a Spiderman fan and I enjoy the films and the one superhero I do love has a sucky film:(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 7th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is sad. :( Though I like the more human aspects of Peter/Spidey. But at least it was fun.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on May 8th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on May 8th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, apparently people with the initials PP are prey to emo... I'll never look at anyone called 'Peter' the same way again. ;-p

I loved how not ever an alien symbiote could make Peter actually cool.
Yeah, I really loved that too! Though I know nothing about Spiderman comics, so it's sad to hear the humour got lost in the mix. I definitely felt the first two movies were very humourless.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on May 8th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tenth Doctor geekbop_radar on May 8th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Mmm, yeah maybe I did know that... though I agree that until this movie, Peter's dorkiness could have been made more of. However, I feel that the black suit test *made* it for me as far as dorkitude goes.