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Spider-man 3: 11/17/07
Sean is turning out to be as much a fan of Spider-man as I am. I've been reading the comic on and off since I was Sean's age. Back in 2002 when the first film came out I remember thinking that Tobey Maguire was perfectly cast. Not only does he completely capture the earnest geekiness of Peter Parker he's gorgeous to look at in the spidey suit.
I have enjoyed all three films but so far, Spider-man 3 is my favorite. All of the major characters have hit their stride. Spider-man is an established quantity now. Peter has told M.J. and he is comfortable in his job (as comfortable as he ever is).
When Ian and I first watched the Spider-man 3, Ian complained that the plot was too busy, too complicated. I liked the change of pace. I liked that time had obviously passed between the second and third films and we either had to figure out what had happened or had to know from our understanding of the comic. Huge drawn out origin stories bug me (see film two) so it was refreshing to just have the villains come without much fuss.
While Ian has been out of town, I've shown Spider-man 3 to the kids. They're on their second or third time of watching it. Sean took to the film immediately, having no trouble sorting out the three villains and their plots or even that Harry switches sides at the end to redeem himself. Sean also had no problems figuring out Venom's three forms (icky slime thing, Peter's second suit and Eddie's evil black widow version of spider-man).
The other thing I've loved about all three films is how beautiful and lived New York looks. The city is shown throughout the seasons and in different times of the day. It isn't the odd miniature sets and funky neon of the Burton Batmans or the overly British Gotham of the newest incarnation. It just is a beautifully captured New York.
I'm not a big comic book hero fan but I loved the Spiderman movies too.