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I went to see Spiderman 3 this past weekend (May 11).

Yeah I know it’s been out for a couple of weeks now but I do have my reasons for waiting. You see, I am kinda a big deal around here in my hometown- a local celebrity if you will, and I didn’t want take all the attention away from the big opening.

Okay, okay you got me; the real reason is that it was completely sold out at every movie theater in town. And besides who are we kidding anyway, everyone’s gonna go see it regardless of what us reviewers say about it right?

Life is good for Peter Parker a.k.a. Spiderman these days, both personally and professionally.
The city of New York is happily enjoying a drop in crime thanks to their favorite superhero, his love life never been better; he’s even planning on popping the question to his childhood sweetheart Mary Jane!
Even though his best friend Harry Osborn a.k.a. the Goblin (the son of Green Goblin) hates him and still blames him for his father’s death Peter’s not too worried about it and he is sure they’ll be bosom buddies once again real soon.
His Aunt May is still alive and well, although I think she may be showing signs of senility, for instance it seems everyone living in Spideyland knows who is behind the mask except poor ol’ dear Aunt May. But all and all, she’s holding up pretty nicely for her age.

You know what they say-when you are riding this high you have nowhere to go but down.
In fact, in less than 10 minutes of the film (around the same time as you are finishing off your popcorn-thanks to 20+ minutes of previews) the inevitable gloom and doom sets in. A giant meteor smashes to earth and a mysterious black slime that's clearly up to no good oozes its way into the happy-go-lucky story. Things quickly start to get ugly for our Spidey friend. Just give me a minute to catch my breath.

We are then introduced to a new bad guy named Flint Marko a.k.a Sandman. Whose transformation sequence into the “grainy goon” turned out to be my favorite scene within the whole movie- it is truly amazing to see. In fact if the movie suddenly ended right there it would still be well worth the price of admission!
Anyway, he is being depicted as the typical thug but in my opinion he’s a family man with a good at heart. He even says to his ex-wife and I quote “I am not a bad man just someone with bad luck.” Sandman first meets up Spiderman while stealing money from an armored truck and Spiderman stops him. We soon learn that Sandman/Flint Marko connection to Peter Parker/Spiderman goes way back to the murder of Peter’s beloved uncle, Ben Parker. Gasp!

Well, at least he’s got his love life right? Oh… yeah about that, I guess I forgot to mention that Peter and Mary Jane have been fighting a lot lately over petty little things.
But wait there’s more!
Then there’s the appearance of Eddie Brock, a.k.a Venom; a conceited and pushy new photographer looking to steal Peter’s job at the Daily Bugle. Wow, it kinda sucks being Spiderman lately, don’t it?
Well, what did we expect? It is first and foremost a comic book superhero movie y’know!

Still not enough story-lines for ya?
Good, because remember the black slime I mentioned earlier? Well, it hasn’t gone anywhere ya’ know, in fact Parker soon gets up close and personal with the sticky stuff, which makes him a mean and nasty black suited Spiderman and oddly enough turns him into a sudden babe magnet (ah well, chicks always dig bad boys, don’t they.)
The new emo- personality changes are hilarious and priceless, giving Toby Maguire a chance to show off his goofy-comedic talents that up until now I wasn’t aware he had. Speaking of funny, Bruce Campbell makes a rather odd but semi cute cameo as a French maitre de. He's in all Raimi's films so we pretty much have to deal with it...

Needless to say, with all these plots going on at once- it’s a long film, 2 and a 1/2 hours long give or take! There are 7, count ‘em 7 major battle scenes:
1. Harry vs. Peter
2. Peter vs. a giant crane (you will get it when you see it.)
3. Peter vs. Sandman
4. Peter vs. Sandman in the subway.
5. Peter vs. Harry rematch
6. Peter vs. Mary Jane (love is a battlefield)
7. Peter vs. Venom

I really liked the concept of good-guy Spiderman vs. dark-side Spiderman, sorta like the Id vs. the Ego thing we all learned about in High School psychology class. Deep.

Spiderman 3 has something in it for everyone- it’s a chick flick with a whole lotta action. At times it’s a little bit funny and a little bit touching, thankfully the action is non-stop and unrelenting and that’s really what’s important and what we all came to see isn’t it? Say what you will about the franchise, you have to admit that when he’s gliding through the air our friendly neighborhood Spiderman makes us gasp with wonder and delight!
And that’s about all I’ll say about the many twists and turns within the storyline, I’ll let you get caught up in the tangled web for yourself. Because honestly, folks, it’s just too exhausting trying to type all this out.

I really liked this movie it turned out to be my favorite of all three. It finishes off the trilogy with a bang; chock full of action, as well as being funny and emotional.
I once read somewhere that in Hollywood, it doesn't matter what you do with the first two-thirds of a story as long as you have a strong ending. Well, if that’s true then Spiderman 3 succeeded big time, it was a satisfying conclusion to a great comic book series.
Having said that however, I am glad that this is (supposedly) the last Spiderman movie, it was a great ride but I had my fill of the arachnid super-hero at this point.
Now I’m ready for Wonder Woman to finally have her day in the sun!

Rated PG-13

Posted by oxyjen on May 18, 2007


2 Comment(s):

On May 30, 2007, said:
Nice good review, cant wait to go see it for myself :D

On September 3, 2007, Not Important said:
YOU DIDN'T MENTION THE SEXY GWEN STACY :O!!!! Just kidding, no biggie ^_^


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