One of the more eagerly anticipated movies of the year, Spiderman 3 starts off with a slight whimper and proceeds to meander it's way through a lot of self-induced mines while approaching a semblance of a conclusion. To start, the movie has a lot of similarities to the previous versions and this is a big positive. The usual suspects are all present and this also is a big positive. An extended cameo by Bruce "Ash" Campbell is the highlight of the movie and there are various other bit-scenes interspersed the break up the movie nicely. The music is good and breeds familiarity. The locales are also the same and the play between Maguire, Dunst and Franco is excellent. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, while Franco has demonstrated his immense acting chops well beyond my expectations, both Dunst and Maguire leave much to be desired. MJ has some excellent scenes, truly magnificent. But, there is no consistency. It's like she had good days and bad and unfortunately they were just tossed together. Thomas Haden Church's resurgence post Sideways continues but, while he has one of the more poignant moments in the movie, his role is essentially wasted. Sandman? Sure, he plays some part of this character, but he is too good of an actor to waste as he was in this movie. That and his role was never properly fleshed out. Topher Grace had some really good moments too. He is a good actor, as he has shown in shows and movies previously. However, his character was not used properly or fleshed out well. He plays a much better malcontent than Maguire however. Bryce Dallas Howard also was a wasted character. She is an excellent actress and she did a decent job in this movie but, she wasn't even a pawn. She was like the felt underneath a cheap chess piece. --- So, overall the impression of the movie seems to be pretty bad right? Well... yes. Apart from the uneven story, uneven acting and way too many characters, the movie is relatively entertaining. The fight scenes are pretty good and there are some amusing bits here and there. Did I mention James Franco rocked in this movie? Franco and Campbell alone are reason enough to watch it. They might, unfortunately, be the only reasons. I really can't discuss more without giving away key plot points so I'll leave it be for now 3/5 OSNN stars. Proof that if you spend enough in advertising, people will come watch even if you have a crap product. List this alongside X-men 3 (mega crap) and the other Matrix movies (the industry standard for ultra, super duper triple crap) in the annals of crapdom. But at least it was somewhat passable (a la T-3, bad movie, but entertaining).