Spider-Man 3

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Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two.

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Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) seem to finally be on the right track in their complicated relationship, but trouble looms for the superhero and his lover. Peter's Spider-Man suit turns black and takes control of him, not only giving Peter enhanced power but also bringing out the dark side of his personality. Peter must overcome the suit's influence as two supervillains, Sandman and Venom, rise up to destroy him and all those he holds dear.

Cast & Crew

Tobey Maguire
Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst
Mary Jane Watson
James Franco
Harry Osborn, New Goblin
Thomas Haden Church
Flint Marko, Sandman
Topher Grace
Eddie Brock, Venom
J.K. Simmons
J. Jonah Jameson
James Cromwell
Capt. George Stacy
Sam Raimi
Director
Avi Arad
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Stan Lee
Executive Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo
Executive Producer
Kevin Feige
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  • Oct 15, 2017
    Hard to believe it's been 10 years since this movie came out. I remember all the hype after the tremendous success of 1 and 2. This movie is actually fine, if you cut 25 or 30 minutes from it. Take out some of the goofy humor, the odd, depressing scenes with Mary Jane (she is a real downer in this movie) and some strange scenes when black Spidey emerges. He acts like a very awkward jerk during this short phase. However, Sandman is great, Venom is fine, and young Goblin is pretty good too, especially the battle royale at the end. Well done. The CGI is overdone in this one, and the long battles at the start with Spidey and Harry are a little silly. This one simply could not live up to the hype, but if they had cut this one down 20 minutes, it would be nearly as good as 1 and 2, and with lots of bad guys and action scenes. Plus, Stern released Spider-Man pinball in 2007 and I love that game!
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2017
    Ah, the Spider-Man film that nearly ruined the franchise, Spider-Man 3. Like the previous two films, there's a tremendous amount of nostalgia attached to this film for me. This was the first trilogy of superhero films that I connected with, and at 13 years-old I was willing to forgive many of the mistakes this film made, most of which I cannot forgive a decade later. Only a few films have tried balancing more than one villain, Spider-Man 3 being the classic example of how not to do it. Apparently, the studio forced Venom on Sam Raimi and hence making Harry & Sandman's arc far less effective when the final act is bogged down by a silly attempt at bringing Venom to the big screen. None of the three villains are all that great, but there's at least some emotional undercurrent with both Sandman and Harry. Venom is, more or less, just a third act reveal that is meant to please fans. Only, it did the exact opposite. Another thing that definitely didn't win over fans was the fact that this film made Peter Parker an absolute jerk. It's one thing to have the symbiote change Peter, but it's another thing to have him physically abuse Mary Jane, and nearly kill his best friend Harry multiple times. This was far from the Peter Parker we came to love in the first two films. Another headache was the direction they took Harry Osborn. Having him get "hit in the head" and lose his memory for half the film was one of the stupidest and laziest decisions I can remember from a comic-book film. I don't mind having Harry go the villainous route, but the memory loss was all a bit of a headache. There is good, however. Raimi, as he proved in the first two, is great at shooting high-scale action. The CGI is definitely dated when looking back on it after 10 years, but the action is as visceral as anything in any Spider-Man film to date. Yes, that includes 'Homecoming'. If only the dialogue surrounding the action could match the brutality. I also think Thomas Haden-Church's performance as Sandman is nothing to scoff at, reminding me of the character depth that made Doc Ock so memorable. At the end of the day, Raimi was trying to give us a Spider-Man film that dealt with bigger and more important personal issues, whether that worked for you or not is entirely up to the viewer. I think if Raimi had the tools that filmmakers have now (improved CGI) and perhaps a little less studio interference, then Spider-Man 3 could be a much better end to the trilogy than it ended up being. There's plenty I can't forgive about this film, especially the infamous 'dancing in the street' sequence, but I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as people make it out to be. +Action +Deals with real issues -But is sometimes careless in its execution -3 villains proved to be way too much -Memory loss for Harry 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2016
    Spider-Man 3 is definitely the weakest in the trilogy. Despite saying that I actually enjoyed this movie. Yes this film is messy but it doesn't make it a boring movie. Tobey once again is great as the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And all the cast from the previous films are fantastic as ever but it also introduces us to some new characters. Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, I really despise this character I feel like he's poorly written and wasn't a good choice to play this character. Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy is okay and thats pretty much where it stops for me she is in the grey area for me. However Thomas Hayden Church as Sandman/Flint Marco was great! He has a heartfelt story with his daughter and I think he's a really good villain however he is kind of underutilized I felt since there's an overubandance of villains. So far the negatives I have are Topher Grace and Eddie, overubandance of villains and subplots, some poorly done CGI work, shoehorned Venom and last but not least the Emo dancing Peter Parker..... Looking past the flaws Spider-Man 3 is a fun movie that has some good aspects to it and it concludes the trilogy fairly well despite being quite rocky.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    And of course the rumor of three good movies in the franchise was not true. We have two incredible movies and then we have this one. It's definitely the lesser of the three and that says a lot, because its predecessors we're fantastic. The movie struggles to find out what it's really about and we get a movie filled with too many villains that doesn't get enough screentime, and maybe some of them shouldn't have had any at all. The acting is a little edgy this time around, but I think that's because of the script and the constant rewriting of it. It bugs me a little, because this could have easily been the definitive "Spider-Man" if Raimi had just removed some things from the movie and maybe added a couple of more good lines to the script.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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