Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spider-Man 3

Darker perspectives and villains enter Peter’s life in this, the third and final film in the “original” franchise of the Spider-Man trio from Columbia Pictures and director Sam Raimi.

Everything is finally falling into place for Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire). The love of his life, Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst) is actually his girl, and she has a new play opening on Broadway. He is learning how to be around for MJ, and honoring his responsibilities as Spider-Man. His life gets complicated when he again sees his former friend Harry (James Franco) who still blames Spider-Man – and Peter, for the death of his father, promising to exact revenge on him. Before he can think about how to fix their relationship, Peter must defeat the fierce Flint Marko (Thomas Hayden Church), a prison escapee who has ties to Peter. Secrets from his past that could destroy him.

Just when he is about to propose to MJ, an other-worldly substance that needs to adhere to something to survive on earth turns Peter’s suit black, amplifying his powers. Becoming someone even he doesn’t recognize, Peter makes a third enemy when he steals the daughter of the police commissioner, Gwen (Bryce Dallas Howard) from an eager reporter, Eddie (Topher Grace). His greatest battles are just beginning.

FILM REVIEW | Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man Reflection
If you have to “end” a series, this movie was a great way to do it, adding some pizzazz and twists up until the final minutes which then fell flat. The script explores some interesting dynamics and if it weren’t for the ending, I may have dubbed this one my favorite. No matter its dark tendencies which I’ll confess, usually I am not fond of, it depicts how easy it is for the human mind to enjoy feeling powerful or give in to temptations – neither of which is healthy for us. Much of Peter’s journey is an interesting one – from the moment he first discovers his powers to seeing him fight off not one, not two but three enemies, there was never a dull moment. This film is perhaps the most “realistic” in its messages of fighting against our selves in the walk we take to become a better person. Here, Peter reveals his own worst self to wrestle against and he comes to realize he no longer likes what he has become. He went from a quiet boy who was silently besotted by MJ and a good student to a cruel Peter who no longer knew which of his personas was in control: Peter Parker or his suddenly dangerous and uncontrollable alter-ego.

With exception to the first fifteen or twenty minutes, Peter and MJ aren’t nearly as “cute” together in this story. Most often than not, they are fighting and arguing about things and instead in one key scene, I thought she and Harry were adorable together much like she and Peter are in their scene star-gazing prior to that. The cast is still equally good and if anything is in fact, better this go-round by the addition of new characters and the return of favorites J.K. Simmons, Elizabeth Banks and in a minor spot, Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice). Characterizations are still good and I particularly enjoy Simmons crusty newspaper editor. Since 2002 when the first of the trio first appeared on our screens, the special effects have gotten bigger and more unbelievable but they are cool. Whether it’s a car caught in a gigantic spider web or a man made of “rocks,” this is the stuff super hero movies are made of.

Spider-Man 3
If this movie has a failing, it is that ending. Coming off of a great, epic battle that reminded us why we liked some characters and endeared others to us all the more, the bottom seems to drop out as the anti-climatic ending doesn’t answer all the questions. Though I may be complaining, it didn’t diminish the enjoyment and excitement of the story that was one of a greater success than its previous counter-parts. Until The Amazing Spider-Man debuts on DVD (when I will again share my rambling thoughts on Marvel’s re-boot) this will be my last analysis of Marvel’s Spider-Man – and what a fun journey it has been. From those first moments to this ending, Peter Parker has come a long way from that first handmade, pajama-like "spidey" suit.

CONTENT: Other than some “intense” battles, there is nothing too bothersome. Men fight in the air, falling off building and being shoved into glass. A woman is threatened and kidnapped. One man becomes a terrifying villain transforming into a black, werewolf like creature. Profanity is non-existent or very rare. The film is rated PG13.


  1. Hahaha wow it's hard to believe this movie is that old already. I still haven't seen the newest Spiderman but I really like Andrew Garfield so I'm hoping it's as good as this series was.

    xoxo~ Renee

  2. I know, isn't it!?

    I too am thrilled about the new version, Renee! I think it looks/sounds great. :-)


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