With all the melodrama, a bad case of Too-Many-Villains Syndrome and an ill-advised emo Peter Parker dance number, 2007's Spider-Man 3 isn't a well-regarded film. In fact, it's widely considered among the worst comics-based films of the modern era. And you know what? Director Sam Raimi isn't a big fan of it, either.
Raimi discussed many of his projects -- the good and the bad -- on an episode of the Nerdist podcast (via Pajiba), addressing disappointments like Oz: The Great and Powerful while also touching upon the final chapter of his Spider-Man trilogy.
"It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man," he said. "If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think [raising the stakes after Spider-Man 2] was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar ..."
Raimi went on to say, "Directors don’t like to talk about their bad films." When host Chris Hardwick said he wouldn't call the movie "bad," Raimi corrected him, suggesting, "awful."
Next, Raimi will return to the Evil Dead franchise with a Starz television series called Ash Vs. Evil Dead starring longtime friend and collaborator Bruce Campbell.