2.5, United States/Canada

Spider-Man 3

2007 / Sam Raimi > I couldn’t help but have high expectations for Raimi’s latest venture: With the first sequel, he had fired on all cylinders. The emotions were on the dot, as was the action and the romance in-between. It was about Peter Parker, not Spider-Man or the villains. So, the third incarnation could only get better, right? Not exactly: The melodrama here is downright silly at times, and while there’s definitely some fun to be had, it doesn’t really satisfy in the end. In fact, if it wasn’t for Venom’s downright creepy, lingering presence, this would be almost unbearable.