spidey 3

So I finally managed to sneek out Saturday with the kids to go watch Spidey. This after successfully convincing the rest of the adults and the baby to drive north towards a more religious evening. Hmm… I am getting good at this!

Warning – There could be spoilers ahead.

So Spidey.
The hall is packed as was the parking lot, and the kids are already worried that we’d be sitting right upfront, and as we hurry in we are bumping into kids reaching our knees. The place is packed with them and the board announces that the next 3 shows in all 3 screens are booked – for Shrek!
So we settle down with our bags of popcorn and soda and watch what I’d describe it as a ‘kick-ass’ movie. The kids loved it, I liked it and I think everyone else in the hall liked it. It was long, but there’s enough going on to keep you entertained.

There are 2 things that hit you right away. At least they hit me.

1. You can’t but notice how awesomely good looking the main characters are. Serious.

Harry – I thought James Franco had more going for him than Toby himself, and I wish he had more screen time. James has the a smashing grin, and to waste him at the end was sheer tragic. Not to mention ‘too real’ for a Spiderman kinda movie. Franco’s character went through some nice changes and to see him turn ever so human feelings around was very believable and relevant as ultimately being buddies is so much more important than fantasy I suppose 😉

Peter ParkerToby’s has matured gracefully. That’s well put. I think. Not like my tween daughter who blurted out -“Toby looks so old!” – and she speaketh for the bulk of that age group right there! My son had his own lofty comment ” this guy dresses like a nerd, sweater vests and all?!” – moving on..
Spiderman went through some dark shades and it was a pleasant surprise to see him act ‘cool’ and ‘bad’ – brought an occasional giggle and a guffaw in the audience, but nothing to be ashamed of. The action scenes are quite vicious and easily make you believe that the fight could go either way.

Eddie Brock – Grace plays his part with gusto and brought a nice difference in the script. I would never have guessed he was the same ‘Eric’ in the 70’s show.

Mary JaneKirsten looked good. She has the sweet look still on and though I felt there was a constraint in the acting when it came to jealousy or when she had the conflicts between Harry and Peter or even as she struggled with her career, she sailed through fine. I love her eyes.

Sandman Church was most likely chosen primarily because of his close resemblance for good ol’ Arnie. He had the same square jaw, the stone look, with just a hint of non-android in the eyes, and of course the body. The story around him does make you go ‘aw’ and of course how can one destroy sandman, there’s a loose end right there – maybe for Spiderman 4 sometime?

2. The story line.
It’s a story of flashbacks, burden of revenge on the son, a hero, a hero’s friend, a heroine, with a sidekick of a girlfriend for added drama, a love triangle, oh heck maybe another angle too, an old lady with a sentiment – good prevails over evil, bad guys, more bad guys, bad guy with a change of heart, old friends patching up towards the end, one dying to make way for the other two…

Throw in 1 masala song, 1 duet, 1 sad ballad, and a marriage in the end with them walking into the sunset and you have a good old Bollywood movie.
hmm.. don’t believe me, watch it for yourself!

I believe Spiderman in Hindi/English grossed Rs. 19.7 crores on its opening day in India!

The kids have grown so well that Saturday it seemed like I went with a couple of girlfriends to the movies. No more holding hands, or checking on them occasionally when the scenes get vicious or running for bathroom breaks, or spilling yucky sticky soda on yourself and everyone around you. Nope, it’s movie watching for the sheer pleasure of it.
I miss those times, but absolutely enjoying this.
Maybe ‘Shrek 3rd’ would be my munchkin’s 1st movie at the cinemas. That should be fun. I think.
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14 replies on “spidey 3”
  1. says: Ok

    Spiderman 3 should have been named Sob-fest 3. Shrek 3, I have been informed by reliable sources is also bad. I recommend “Fracture”. Though I am not sure your kids would be very interested in it.

    P.S. At least you being ancient has not influenced your movie tastes!

    P.P.S. Just kidding about you being ancient. You are a couple of years short.

  2. says: rads

    ok, did you even read what I wrote? :p

    I have a few more years to go before I fossil out, making the most of the dino-age! Am honored you think age hasn’t caught up with my taste in movies.. very honored. 🙂

  3. says: Ok

    Thats smart. How did you know I dint read your post word to word? From what I gathered you dint like the movie and you are planning to see Shrek 3? There was a lot of stuff on how the main actors were good looking which I skipped:).

  4. says: rads

    It’s just one of those gifts that come with age ;-p

    Read point 2 again. Inherent meanings. 🙂

  5. says: Deepa

    Shrek 3, yes. that should hopefully mark my first film in theatres after I’ve been elevated to motherhood.:-)

  6. says: rads

    Deepa – aw, Shrek’s hilarious. Am sure mommy will enjoy it 🙂

    OK – hmm.. right, like am falling for that :-p

  7. says: leoNYdas

    For some reason it now seems to be a fashion to make super heroes cry on screen. Superman did and now Spidey. For God’s sake, super heroes are not supposed to cry. I really hate it when start crying like babies.

  8. says: rads

    True, have you watched Casino Royale?!

    I guess it goes along with the saying “Only a real man wears pink!” 🙂

  9. says: Dushti

    I have nt seen the movie yet. But your bollywoodish review is tempting. I cant resist the bollywood stuff, u know 😉

    Watched Shrek3 and that was quite enjoyable!

  10. says: The Pilgrim

    I saw Shrek 3 this weekend, and I didn’t like the movie. The tiny tots enjoy it as I saw but even the teenagers were bored with it. Plus there are some things inherent in the movie which I didn’t appreciate.

  11. says: Terry

    I enjoyed Shrek The Third much more than Spiderman 3. I thought the concept was good, the special effects were awesome, but the movie was too long.

    It is hard to mix character development and action, I guess.

    By the way, you have a very nice blog, Rads!

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