My son and I went to see a Preview of Shrek the Third last night. As a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly, the talk for Summer supremacy will be fought amongst Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. The battle so far.
Like being the last guy in a Fear Factor competition, if the other guys do well, you are in for a tough time. However, if the other contestants fall on their face, you are skating though. You may be skating through a pool of animal urine . . . .but you get my point.
Spider-Man 3 was a great movie. It was fun to watch. Touched on a lot of thing s from the comic (if altered a bit. . .I mean you can’t quite through Gwen Stacy off the bridge after the first movie now can you). The Harry storyline was well adapted.
Three villains was a bit much, but it was pulled off better than most Batman movies, which usually have two. The Sandman was great. The effects were the hit of the movie. And not to give anything away, but I loved that a villain in a superhero movie wasn’t definitively killed. Venom, who was originally a cool villain in the comics has gotten a bit overused and watered down. However, the movie captured the essence of the original Venom stories from the early 90s. The new Green Goblin was a bit weak in the costume area. I would have preferred the Hobgoblin outfit.
Mary Jane was not very good in this movie. She brought the wine to the cheese that was Peter Parker’s dance scene. Despite what Wyatt says, Bryce Dallas Howard is hot.
There were two subtle things that Sam Raimi left us in the movie. One I loved, One I hated. I loved the paper on the wall in Jameson’s office that suggests that Doc Ock might still be alive. I hated the slam Sam left for the next movie. What You say? Doctor Connors (AKA The Lizard) has been floating around the last three movies. So when are we going to see the Lizard? According to the latest movie. . . NEVER. There is a scene where Curt Connors says something to the effect that he is a Chemist, not a Biologist. So he would never be doing biological experiments on himself and thus become the Lizard.
Overall a very good movie. Not as good as Number 2, but high marks all around. . . except for that drawn out dance thing.
Shrek The Third.
Hey! It was free. My son thought it was great. It didn’t stink, but it lack depth. It was like the other Mike Myers #3. . . . Goldmember. There were a few smirks, but no real life to the characters and the storyline was practically a myth. Take your kids, they will like it. You won’t be crying blood, but don’t get your hopes up. I rate it an “eh”.
Highlights from the movie consist of the scenes with the Girls )Pheona, Snow White, Beauty (Sleeping), Rupunzel, Cinderella and the Queen. Other than that, it was a bland little feature.
So, Pirates has to aim high to beat out Spider-Man 3, but has little to worry about from Shrek. I think that Harry Potter will have a good shot at fairing better in this battle. Personally, I getting Jonesed to see the Fantastic Four sequel.