20 Things I Learned While Watching Spider-Man 3

Mrs. Ghostal-to-Be and I had some people over on Saturday night (including the lovely Ms. Kryptonite) to watch the Rifftrax of Spider-Man 3, and someone reminded me of this list I posted on my other blog last year. Here it is again, for the enjoyment of the PGPoA faithful.

Twenty things I learned while watching Spider-man 3:

1.) Extended jazz dance sequences are best left to actual musicals.

2.) To become evil/cool, all one has to do is style one’s hair like Pete Wentz and not get enough sleep.

3.) Evil/cool people walk down the street doing that “guns pointing at you” hand gesture, which means Dave Coulier is evil/cool (well, that’s half right).

4.) Being assertive and exposing frauds are the actions of an evil person.

5.) Topher Grace not only looks more like the comic Peter Parker, but he can actually crack one-liners, and I think he might have made a better Spider-Man.

6.) Tobey Maguire crying is funny (judging from the audience reaction whenever it happened at the super-packed showing I attended).

7.) Sandman is invincible and just decides to be defeated, at which point he gets off scot-free since, well, no one can stop him.

8.) The butler should be tried for war crimes. “Oh, by the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you…forgot all about it until now. Well, that’s senility for you!” (Courtesy of Stone.)

9.) Amnesia can come and go as needed by weak storytelling.

10.) This guy directed A Simple Plan?

11.) A scientist who is shown a living black blob creature with apparent intelligence and the ability to move quickly across any surface will only be mildly impressed. He will also study said creature at the behest of a student without contacting any other authority.

12.) The best special effects in the movie were not the Sandman or Venom, but the way they made Bryce Dallas Howard, who in real life looks nothing like the comic Gwen Stacy, look exactly like the comic Gwen Stacy.

13.) A portrait of Willem Dafoe is even creepier than he is in person.

14.) The arrival of an evil symbiotic alien attached to a meteorite and the transformation of a man into living sand can happen on the same night.

15.) Also, when a superhero is removing said alien from his body in a belltower in one of the largest cities in the world, his sworn enemy, completely by coincidence, will be standing directly below him.

16.) Mary Jane’s hair always looks fantastic. (That one’s from Red Kryptonite.)

17.) If you fall asleep and wake up hanging from a building wearing a brand-new suit you didn’t make, this won’t strike you as something to be worried about.

18.) When your boyfriend is a superhero and has repeatedly beaten the snot out of several powerful supervillains, you will nonetheless take the threats against him by a small-time supervillain seriously and break your boyfriend’s heart.

19.) Giant cranes can go out of control and smash into buildings apparently made of plywood that just happen to be the exact spot where the daughter of the chief of police (and Peter’s classmate) is shooting a commercial while said chief of police as well as her boyfriend, who is a rival photographer of Peter’s, show up in time to see the action.

20.) J.K. Simmons is awesome, even when doing a lame Stooges-style routine with an intercom.


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  1. 19 is a stretch but otherwise your list is awesome.

    Although I love Spider-Man 3.

  2. Aunt May IS creepy…

  3. Poe

    @ML–Definitely. And the way she forces it on him…in my experience, women tend to have an idea in mind of what sort of engagement ring they want. Sure, Peter wasn't loaded, but it's quite possible MJ would have been a bit underwhelmed by Aunt May's fifty-year-old ring.

  4. Michael Lush

    Is it just me or is using your Aunt's

    engagement ring, while she is still alive more than a little creepy???

  5. Chuck Walken

    I can't disagree with much any of these points, but one hit me when I saw the film in the theater: Topher Grace would have been infinitely better as Peter Parker than Tobey. And I mostly liked Tobey's performances.

  6. Great list!

    Topher Grace should have stuck with That '70s Show. A few more mediocre seasons of that show would have been infinitely better than this pos.

    With that said, Grace would have made a MUCH better Peter Parker.


  7. God that movie is awful. The whole time I kept thinking about all the things they could have done to make it better. I mean, what was the point of Sandman even being in the film? To have a distracting sub plot? Jesus.

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