Am I nuts, or are there some deep shades of Woody Allen in Sam Raimi's Spiderman 3?
I'm serious. Let me lay it out.
The new Spiderman movie features:
Okay, of course, it isn't a Woody Allen movie.
For one, bullet points aside, a large portion of the movie is made up of fast-paced, computer-generated violence.
But, perhaps more significantly, the moral of this movie isn't something you can spot in Woody's pictures. By the end of Spiderman 3, both hero and villain alike have learned a lesson: Happiness and satisfaction come from mutual bonds of sacrifice and concern between lovers and friends.
When the characters become too wrapped up in themselves, they range from self-absorbed to homicidal. When each learns to listen and forgive, they find inner peace (and outer peace, too, since they've stopped trying to kill each other.)
That's hardly like any Woody Allen movie I can remember. You might disagree, but to me it seems almost the opposite. For Allen's protagonists, resolution is found by rejecting the traditions of your fellow man and attuning yourself to an inner compass. Worry about you, then the rest will follow.
While it may work for Woody, it's hard to imagine a superhero movie where saving the girl didn't come first.