On Wednesday, my family saw the latest installment in Spiderman, and I wish we had waited until it came out on video. There were the usual special effects, extra points for the sand villian, but the screenwriters tried to weave too many plots together and were not successful in doing so. There were some questions left hanging at the end, but these questions were not important enough to the Spiderman storyline to be worthy of being called a "cliffhanger" but they bothered not only my family but many of those around us who commented after the film ended.
The movie started off well enough providing plot building and starting down a path which appeared to be a great twist. But they pushed latter too quickly and gave little attention to the initial one. There was way too much attention paid to the relationship between Spidey and MJ and whoever wrote the script for this needs to reliquish the keys to someone more capable of romance. The brightest moments and best acting came from our new villian, Venom, and Topher Grace did a superb job playing it just enough over the top to hate him, yet not enough to be annoying. James Franco came in a close second, and his character's friendship was portrayed much better than that of MJ and Spidey.
In the end, I wish I had waited for the DVD rather than shell out all the money I did to pay for our tickets and goodies. I can only hope that the actors will look hard at the script before committing to another episode.