One of the greatest things about movies -- beyond, y'know, the fact that they can be so fantastically awesome -- is that it ultimately doesn't matter in the slightest what anybody else thinks about them. If your favorite movie is routinely mocked by everyone else, that's fine -- if you love it, that's all that matters. Similarly, if you hate a movie, and everyone else thinks it's great, that's all good as well -- you're not required to like it, and if anyone tells you different they're probably messing with you.
That, though, doesn't mean that a certain cultural consensus doesn't arise, though -- with some films being designated as 'good' (Citizen Kane, The Godfather, The Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy) while others, though loved by some, end up being widely agreed to be 'bad' (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Showgirls, Batman & Robin, Iron Man 2).
Just because they've been widely agreed to be 'good' or 'bad,' however, doesn't mean that everyone actually agrees with that description. After all, there're plenty of folks out there who found The Dark Knight boring, just the same as there are a whole lot of people who think Iron Man 2 was the best in the trilogy.
A perfect example of that?
One of Spider-Man 3's Stars Thinks It Was Actually a Pretty Good Movie
Which, seeing as Spider-Man 3 has seemingly been largely agreed to be one of those 'bad' movies, is actually something of a surprise. After all, not only did it famously feature about seventeen villains too many, but it also notably gave this to the world...
...which, for many fans, is just about the last thing they wanted to see in a Spider-Man movie. Add in the fact that the movie's director, Sam Raimi, has this to say about the film...
"It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think [raising the stakes after Spider-Man 2] was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us."
...and it's pretty much fair to say that it's not the best-loved of recent superhero movies.
Unless, that is, you ask one of the movie's (most-maligned) stars. Y'see:
It Turns Out Topher Grace Thinks the Whole Spider-Man Trilogy Was Awesome
Indeed, in a recent interview with THR, Grace -- who played Venom in the movie -- even seemed to argue that a whole lot of the criticism of the movie is misplaced -- in part because of its substantial box-office success...
"I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren't happy with it. I think Sam is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It's like he's running a small country. This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who's slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi's position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy]."
Which, on the one hand, is certainly a valid point. Enough people seemingly enjoyed the movie to go back to see it at least a couple of times -- seeing as it made a gargantuan $890 worldwide, back in 2007 -- and Raimi's technical achievement is certainly deserving of praise. On the other, though, Raimi's own criticism of the movie seems not only pretty astute, but also slightly directed at Grace's character -- seeing as he reportedly didn't want Venom to appear at all, but was pressured into it by the studio.
Or, in other words? Odds are you can still feel pretty much exactly the same about Spider-Man 3 as you did before.
The big question, though?
What do you reckon?
What do you think of Spider-Man 3?