I know, that’s an obnoxiously long title but I couldn’t resist. So, I’ve seen the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy. And I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I’ll be doing my comparisons of Maguire and Garfield in a different post, today I just want do short recaps of my thoughts on the different movies. *can’t promise a spoiler free post*
(I’m not going to explain the story’s plots, if you really want to know that, google it or go watch the movies. Wikipedia is better summing up a movie than I am. lol)
Tobey Maguire played a interesting Peter Park/Spider-Man; I actually liked this Peter quite a bit. He was better than a lot of people made him out to be. I got annoyed during the first movie about his extreme obsession over MJ but oh well. His character had some good growth in the first movie but there was almost none in the second movie. I enjoyed seeing him struggle in Spider-Man 3 for a change and do some more growing. Over all, I liked this version of Peter.
Mary Jane Watkins; she was alright. I think I liked her best in the first movie because she seemed less distracted. She and Peter, once they got into a relationship, were exasperating to say the least. Even after she learned that he was Spider-Man, they were constantly fighting, constantly changing their minds; the definition of frustrating. Since her character was mostly there to be Peter’s love interest, we didn’t see her that much outside of the relationship. She was okay, though.
The other character I want to talk about is Peter’s best friend, Harry, who gets his own little story thread throughout the three films. I liked Harry in the first film, even when he started dating MJ. I was sad to see him grow bitter by the end. His whole “Spider-Man will pay” thing throughout Spider-Man 2 was really just annoying. His decent into villainy in Spider-Man 3, the memory loss and than ultimate redemption actually made me really happy to see at least one character go through some good character development. My opinion on Harry changed back and forth throughout the movies, but my final opinion is positive. I really like Harry. 🙂
A favorite character? Who doesn’t love the newspaper editor. I loved every single scene he was in because he was such a character. “Get your pretty little portfolio off my desk before I go into a diabetic coma!” Anyway, I had to mention him. Moving on.
Which movie is my favorite? Well, I liked all three pretty equally. I really liked Spider-Man but I watched it too many times so I’m already tired of it. Spider-Man 2 was all-around pretty awesome but the extremely annoying relationship problems keeps it from standing out above the others for me.
Spider-Man 3 really surprised me, actually. It might have been because the characters were finally growing and changing or because it was just plain awesome, but I really enjoyed this one and I’m surprised it’s as underrated as it is. Granted, there was a lot of stuff going on. But I enjoyed it. MJ and her frustrating relationship problems were still there, but Peter and Harry’s relationship changed and things from the first movie were explained. So, I might go so far as to say Spider-Man 3 is my favorite out of them all.
The villains were… interesting.
Dr. Ock was probably my favorite because he seemed legit. All the different villains in Spider-Man 3 were interesting (the Sand Man was really fascinating.) Even Peter himself, when contaminated by that black stuff, was almost villainous as he got an attitude (that part was mostly for laughs, though). The Green Goblin was a bit much for me though. Simply because it was so bad. The costume was ridiculous (hey, right out of a comic book, I suppose!) and everything about that character was just… it was just hard to take the Goblin seriously. But I digress.
And, of course, some timeless wisdom is shared throughout the films, too. There are always choices before us and the choices we make will not only effect us but everyone around us. With great power comes great responsibility, and responsibility takes maturity. Sometimes we think we’re ready for certain things but often times we’re not. We need to know when to say no or when to wait. Heroes are the people who forget themselves to serve others. And even if your job is being the rescuer, Spider-Man, you must be willing to understand and place your girl before yourself, even if it means not saving the bank that night. Revenge is never an option. And even if you’ve made some bad choices, you can always start making some good ones.
I could go on, but it just might be easier if y’all watched the movies instead. 😀
Overall, I really enjoyed the Spider-Man trilogy. I think they’re great movies all in their own, even if they could be annoying at points. There was some super amazing fight scenes, plenty of different and colorful characters, an amazing score, and of course, the human spider.
Who can’t help but love him?