Topher Grace defends Sam Raimi and Spider-Man 3

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It’s pretty universally known that Spider-Man 3 was not the best installment in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Given how critically acclaimed and loved the first two films were, it was kind of unfortunate that the series ended on such a sour note. Personally, my biggest gripe with the film was the portrayal of Venom. Being a big fan of the character, I wasn’t exactly over the moon with the film.

Recently, Topher Grace did an interview where he talked about the film and how it was received.

“I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren’t happy with it. I think Sam [Raimi] is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It’s like he’s running a small country. This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who’s slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi’s position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy].”

Part of what Grace said is true. Spider-Man 3 did very well at the box office, grossing over $890 million worldwide. The film was only surpassed by the first two installments. In fact, it was worth noting that the recent Amazing Spider-Man movies have yet to surpass any original three movies at the box office.

Still, defending the film on the grounds that it made money is not the best argument because it was unanimously not liked. I love that he also used this year’s Fantastic Four as a reference. Even I wouldn’t compare Spider-Man 3 to that film.

What do you think of Topher Grace’s comments? Was the harsh criticism of Spider-Man 3 unwarranted? Let us know in comments below.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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