When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Peter Parker has finally managed to piece together the once-broken parts of his life, maintaining a balance between his relationship with Mary-Jane and his responsibility as Spider-Man. But more challenges arise for our young hero. Peter's old friend Harry Obsourne has set out for revenge against Peter; taking up the mantle of his late father's persona as The New Goblin, and Peter must also capture Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, who has been transformed into his toughest foe yet, the Sandman. All hope seems lost when suddenly Peter's suit turns jet-black and greatly amplifies his powers. But it also begins to greatly amplify the much darker qualities of Peter's personality that he begins to lose himself to. Peter has to reach deep inside himself to free the compassionate hero he used to be if he is to ever conquer the darkness within and face not only his greatest enemies, but also...himself. Written by
Several scenes show police officers having an "N.Y.P.D. Police Department" patch instead of the actual patch which would read "Police Department, City of New York". In addition, the real police officers (non actors) can be seen wearing the genuine patch in scenes filmed on location in New York. See more »
It's me! Peter Parker! Your friendly neighborhood... You know. I've come a long way from becoming the boy who was bitten by a spider. Back then, nothing seemed to go right for me, and now...
Kid in Times Square:
[pointing at a giant screen in Times Square]
Hey look, it's Spider-Man!
People really like me.
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During the opening credits, snippets from the first two films can be seen. Also, some of the filmmaker's names appear and then blow away, as if made of sand. The black symbiote also makes a brief appearance. See more »
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Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and St. Clair Pickney
Performed by James Brown
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Action packed and entertaining...but still has problems
Spider-Man 3 has been the most anticipated film of the last 3 years
without a doubt. Unfortunately, it is one of those 'hate it or love it'
movies. The story is very complex, but the incredible visuals
(including all the actors being very good looking) make up for it...a
little bit. All in all, Spider-Man 3 might disappoint some, but there
are those who will have a great time. Don't go in with high
expectations...just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) appears to have finally found balance in
his life. He is in love with the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson
(Kirsten Dunst), and all of New York loves his alter ego, Spider-Man.
Despite this beautiful scenario, trouble lurks ahead. Flint Marko
(Thomas Haden Church), the man actually responsible for Uncle Ben's
death, has escaped from prison and genetically combined with sand
particles, and Harry Osborn (James Franco) is plotting his revenge
against Peter/Spidey for the murder of his father. To make matters
worse, Peter and MJ's relationship is threatened by other people
(including Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy), and there is a competing
photographer at the Daily Bugle named Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), a
young man with a venomous future ahead of him because of an alien
symbiote that has landed on Earth, eventually taking over Peter's suit
and changing him as a person...confusing, ain't it?
As always, Spider-Man 3 is very well casted. I'll start off with our
returning 3 stars, Maguire, Dunst, and Franco. Maguire needed to show
even more acting muscle this time around, as Peter changes drastically
throughout the movie. He pulls it off well, and some scenes are so
different from the Peter we know to the point of extreme laughter.
Aside from that, Maguire captures the often changing personality of
Peter with ease, and gives a great performance. Kirsten Dunst gives her
best performance as MJ, but she still isn't really that likable, which
is a shame because MJ is supposed to be a character the audience loves
just like Spider-Man. She has her moments, however. James Franco is
extremely likable in the film, even though he is a villainous
character. You'll identify more with Harry than you will with Peter,
and I'm not the only one who liked him more than Peter. Franco's
performance is layered and unpredictable (except the end), very similar
to Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man 1. Thomas Haden Church is also likable,
and he hopes people like him because he must've worked out for a
century to transform from a scrawny middle aged man to a very cut and
muscular man. He transforms into the Sandman, a villain that isn't
really popular, but his inclusion really allows for some phenomenal
effects that will blow you away. I'm sure filming that part was a pain.
My favorite performance of the film was Topher Grace as Eddie Brock,
and eventually Spider-Man's arch-nemesis, Venom. Grace is sickeningly
sarcastic in the character, and when he does become Venom, will be
scary. He gets some of the best lines in the whole film. Grace nailed
the role when so many people doubted him, and I'm really happy with the
way he played Venom. Definitely one of the most unforgettable bad guys
of recent memory. Bryce Dallas Howard is also likable in limited screen
time (maybe it's because she's absolutely beautiful). Dylan Baker has a
slightly increased role as Dr. Connors, and his involvement in this
film (you'll get this next statement when you see the movie) leaves a
small window of chance for another Spider-Man movie, because of the
material that he keeps.
The visuals are breathtaking, especially the climactic fight sequence,
which incorporates almost all the main characters. The two main
villains of the film are computer generated, and that is incredible
because they really don't look like it. Venom especially. The detail
added to each scene is remarkable. It's amazing what a flip or web
shoot every now and then will do to improve your action sequences. The
action is by far the strongest point of the film. The weakest is the
writing. The brothers Raimi crammed way too much into this film. 3
villains plus all the inner turmoil Peter suffers is too much to keep
track of in one 2 and a half hour film. That is another fault. The
movie is way too long. It focuses too much on Peter and not Spider-Man,
making it have moments where it'll seem like a chick flick because of
all the relationship drama. Sam Raimi forgot to make a movie about a
superhero. Instead we've got a movie about a guy who happens to be a
superhero. I enjoyed all the acting and action, but the story was way
too rushed and should have been spread over two movies. While Thomas
Haden Church was good, the movie could have been made without the
entire Sandman storyline. They could have left the Uncle Ben subplot
alone, and given all that time (Sandman has by far the most screen time
of any of the baddies) to the wonderful Topher Grace and Venom. It was
really disappointing to see Venom go to waste like that. Because this
route was taken, the stories behind Gwen Stacy and Eddie Brock are
chopped and sadly nonexistent. Brock was turned from one of the most
developed, dark, and three dimensional characters into a two
dimensional sadistic crazy man with little motive, and the writers
should be ashamed. That's Carnage, not Venom. Venom has very little
screen time, and in my mind should have had his own movie to fight
Spider-Man...after all, he is Spider-Man's worst enemy.
Spider-Man 3 is a good film. It's definitely up there with the better
comic movies, but it didn't reach my expectations. Due to some strong
violence and the scary Venom, Spider-Man 3 probably isn't appropriate
for kids 11 and under.
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