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Monday, May 07, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Starts the Summer Blockbuster Sizzle

The critics said that it was too much--too much flash, too much hype, too many villains and not enough story,too much inner drama and ambivalence from Peter Parker aka our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. They were wrong.

Spider-Man 3 kicks off the summer movie fest with a bonanza of flash, mayhem and special effects that will keep you in your seat for two hours and 35 minutes--no problem. Forget about the complaints regarding a whiny Mary Jane and an overly conflicted Peter. These elements make them real. He's a reformed and now globally affirmed geek. She's an actress trying to make it in the hard-knock world of New York theater from an even harder-knock background. Remember the hyper critical apparently drunk father from the first movie? Give her a break if she's a little insecure. Besides, this is a super hero movie, it wouldn't be any fun without some melodrama. Remember the attempts to give us a somber noiresque Batman without the comic relief of the Joker or the Riddler? I still shudder every time I think about it.

We go into the darkened theater to escape the summer heat as much as to just escape. We live big screen lives through our favorite heroes and heroines for a few hours before returning to our regular lives. On a great day, maybe some of us are even inspired by what we see on the screen.

Look, it's a summer flick. Have fun and don't forget your popcorn. Go Spidey!

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a rich vein of ore

any source of wealth or profit

Source: Webster's New World Language of the Amearican Language

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