There’s been a trend in movie criticism to comment on how long films are, that studios aren’t having the discipline to keep their products down to the required length. I never really felt that before now.
I went to see Spider-Man 3 at the cinema last night. It was in many respects a great film. The special effects were top-notch to my untrained eye (apart from one obvious model shot towards the end). Sandman and venom were a great choice of villains, and we are probably now only just at the stage where they could be realised well. Tobey makes a great Peter Parker, nerdy, and while doing a great job as Spider-Man, still a little on the immature side.
It’s just that being so long the story begins to drag in the third quarter. Maybe it was because I needed to catch the train home I was more aware of the time passing, I don’t know.
Here’s the Shiny Shelf take on it.