The birth of Sandman scene is an amazingly emotional and well executed piece of cinema that I think mimics the evolution of my feelings and appreciation for this awfully underrated Raimi: initially struggling to materialize, going through some internal issues, and finally coming together as a whole.
Pre-release marketing had fans geared up for a dark retelling of the beloved symbiote storyline. As it turns out, Sam Raimi was just having too much fun with the Spider-Man franchise and decided to turn in what is arguably his most playful and soap opera-like entry in the series. "SM3" has more in common with its predecessors than most give it credit for, though the script is full of silly contrivances like amnesia.
Solid viewing. Raimi's affection clearly centered around Thomas Haden Church's Sandman character, but awkward (and effective) relationship twists develop alongside some fine action set pieces. And Rosemary Harris proves that amidst the bombast, there's also room for exceptional acting. She fills the screen with warmth and strength as Aunt May, particularly in her early talk with Peter.
There aren't very many redeeming qualities for this film. It had great potential but this film just lacked passion and understanding of the characters. This is the very definition of a hot mess. Although I would like to see a proper screen adaptation for Venom.
Never was much of a Spiderman fan in pulp or cinematic form, but this one was really the pits. Rami borrowed liberally from near and far giving us a regurgitated action movie with the oddest of super-villains: Thomas Hayden Church and Topher Grace. Come on, Sammy you can do better than this.
Would've been much more interesting if Raimi had chose to explore Parker/Venom's narcissism and psychopathy with a bit more interest and understanding rather than falling into the stupid cliches of the terms.