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I was hugely disappointed in "Spider-man 3" and left the theater shaking my head quite fiercely. I absolutely loved the first two Spider-Man movies… they had great character development, a great balance between the drama and action, and best of all they seemed serious about the subject matter (they weren't too campy or silly and they made Spider-Man and the villains seem almost believable). However, the same cannot be said about this movie. Let's start with character development – we already know about the Green Goblin from the previous movies; Venom comes out of nowhere and Eddie is already hell-bent on vengeance because Peter got him fired; and Sandman comes out of nowhere as well, but he at least seemed to have a good reason as to why he was doing the bad things that he'd been doing. Having 3 villains in a single
All in all, I'd give this movie 2.5 STARS (out of 5). Re-watch value: LOW.
In "Spider-Man 3" we have Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) who has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) and his duties as a superhero, however there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black from a mysterious black substance and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care for him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter begins to give into this new dark personality, he starts to abandon the
I really loved "Spider-Man 3" and although I think Spidey 2 was better, Spidey 3 would defiantly be my second choice. The mixture that Raimi brought into the story with the Sandman (one of the original Spider-Man villains (Spider-Man #4 1963) and the next generation of Spider-Man with Venom (Spider-Man #298 1988) was extremely well done. We get to see two very different villains with very different reasons for not liking Spider-Man . Thrown into the mix is The New Goblin Harry Osbourne's alter-ego, and this rounds out the tri-villian experience. With the story heading down a dark path for Parker as we see him trying to balance the inner darkness, and trying to maintain the nice guy routine this is really well played. The beginning of the movie we see that fame starts to go to Parkers head, his ego gets swelled and he becomes more obsessed with his own headlines, and less interested in everyone else. As the movie progresses and the dark suit starts to get involved we see the side of Spider-Man and a side of Parker that really turns the movie a little dark. Overall it's a really good Spider-Man experience and one that I must see again.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5). Re-Watch Value: High (a couple more times in the theatres and then purchase on DVD).
Trivia: (1) The release date for the film was set before Spider-Man 2 (2004) was even released. (2) A scene (and poster) of Spider-Man shows him in his symbiote-suit and, in a window, his reflection in his old red-and-blue suit. This image is reminiscent of a scene from _"Spider-Man: The Alien Costume: Part 1 (#1.8)" (1995)_ , which also featured, as in the trailer, the symbiote-suit attaching itself to Peter as he sleeps. (3) This film is the first "third installment film" to be directed by the same director. Most directors who have done superhero films usually make the first and second films, and then leave.