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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Sam Raimi / Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst ... / DVD released 15 October, 2007 at Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      Flawed, but still great.

      Summary: "Spider-Man 3" is a 2007 superhero movie directed by Sam Raimi, who also helmed the previous two instalments in the popular franchise, "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2". This film is the third and final part of the Spider-Man/Sam Raimi trilogy, and the next Spidey film wouldn't be released until five years later; in the form of a reboot entitled "The Amazing Spider-Man"; but that review will come tomorrow. But as far as this movie goes, it's received quite a bit of; albeit unfairly; flack from both film critics and fans. Critics generally liked it, as it has a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and while this isn't as good as the first two movies in the series, it's still decent. But the majority of film fans have slated the movie and it constantly appears on many online lists with a title, or similar to; "Worst 3rd films in a series". In my opinion this hatred the movie has received is very unfair as it just as good as the opening two parts, in fact it's even better than the first in my view, but not as good as the second; but it comes close. The film's story is about an extraterrestrial race called "symbiote's", and one of them lands on Earth and takes over Peter Parker/Spider-Man, turning him from Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Bad Guy. Meanwhile, an escaped convict who has connections to Peter's past, gets mysterious sand powers (yeah we get it, Spider-Man's cheesy). Plus, Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn, has taken over from his father to become the new Green Goblin (seriously, how many baddies are in this movie) and vows to take revenge against Peter. As you can see, the film's story is very cramped and there's more where that came from, so my main criticism would be that there is far too much crammed into this movie, but more on that a little later. Throughout this review, I will mention the cast and crew, give a longer, more detailed view on the film's story, my own personal review and my analysis on the picture, and finally a conclusion which sums up everything in this review. So without further ado, here's my Spider-Man 3 review.

      Cast and Crew: Director - Sam Raimi
      Producers - Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin and Grant Curtis
      Screenplay - Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent
      Score - Christopher Young

      Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Tobey Maguire
      Mary Jane Watson - Kirsten Dunst
      Flint Marko/Sandman - Thomas Haden Church
      Harry Osborn/New Goblin - James Franco
      Eddie Brock, Jr/Venom - Topher Grace
      Gwen Stacy - Bryce Dallas Howard
      J. Jonah Jameson - J.K Simmons

      Story: Peter Parker and Mary Jane are finally together, happy and everything in their lives are perfect. Mary Jane's has received her big break on Broadway and Peter plans on proposing, what could go wrong? Well, a lot actually. A supernatural entity called a "symbiote", which latches onto a host and turns them evil, latches onto Peter, which changes his personality, and his Spider-Man suit (black). With his personality changing, Mary Jane is thinking about leaving him. But at the same time all of this is happening, his former best friend Harry Osborn, who blames Peter/Spidey for his father's death, dons the Green Goblin mantle and vows to kill Spider-Man. But wait, there's more. An escaped convict called Flint Marko, who has connections to Peter's past, gets turned into a sand monster, a man made out of sand (what?). But, wait, there's even more. A new journalist, Eddie Brock, arrives at the Daily Bugle (the place where Peter works) and his intention is to the best there, even if that means breaking a few rules. But wait, there's even more than that, seriously this film has plots than Cloud Atlas. Peter begins getting close to his new friend Gwen Stacy who Mary Jane strongly dislikes, and Peter must make up his mind about the two. There's all this, and even more! In Spider-Man 3, the crammed final chapter... I made up the last part.

      Review: This film is probably the most flawed one of the three (a bit like the Dark Knight Rises), and like TDKR, it's the second best of the trilogy behind the second part. Now as I've mentioned a few times, this film has many, many storylines and plots going on. There's three villains, new story's, plots, characters, and this is all happening within a two and a bit hour movie, so a lot of it feels rushed. The sandman character is one of Spider-Man's most famous villains from the comics, and he is done justice here, even if his plot relating to Uncle Ben was unnecessary and forced. Harry Osborn as the New Goblin, another famous foe from Spider-Man's lore, is done alright here but many of his actions are predictable; especially towards the end. And as for Venom, he is one of the best bad guys in all of Marvel history, and he appears here for about twenty minutes and hardly does anything, what a waste. They should have left him out and saved him for the fourth movie, but what are you going to do. And finally on my list of bad points, Mary Jane gets kidnapped again, yawn! Sam Raimi really is a broken record that plays the same song over again on an endless loop. Now I know you're thinking I despise this film with all that's good and holy, but that simply isn't true, there are plenty of redeeming features. The acting is top notch yet again from pretty much everyone, the special effects are fantastic and still look great today, and the action scenes sparkle and shine. Not to mention that the film gets on with it right from the start and it's never dull, so that's another superb thing about this good but flawed third outing. So to sum up this review, yes it's not the most perfect superhero film of all time, and yes it has more holes in it than a block of Swiss cheese, but it has many good parts that save it and for the most part it's highly enjoyable and deserves 4 stars.

      Conclusion: The first two films were impressive 4 star films that I really enjoyed watching, this one is again 4 stars and while it's the most flawed one of the three, it also contains some of the best moments the franchise has to offer. Yes it suffers from being over-stuffed and containing too many plots, and yes some of the humour is silly and over the top to say the least, but the action, special effects and some of the sequences are mind blowing and really do take your breath away. The majority of critics and fans enjoyed it, but only slightly, it's probably 60/40 of people who liked it and didn't. If you liked the first two you probably will like this one as well, if you didn't then I would stay away. If you're looking for a fun, action blockbuster that requires zero braincells to understand what the heck is going on, then this may be your film. I give it a solid 4 stars, and I recommend this underrated flick.

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        Disappointing end to the trilogy

        2007's Spider-Man 3 was directed by Sam Raimi again and co-written with Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. Raimi finally loses his footing here in the original Spider-Man series and delivers a charmless and gargantuan mess of a film that eventually collapses in on itself and becomes incredibly tiresome. A big problem is the screenplay and the ill advised last minute decision to add a third villain into the story. This necessitates an insufferable and tedious action climax which illustrates the worst aspects of CGI and goes on for what seems like forever. Spider-Man 3 is far too convoluted for its own good with too many characters and the franchise (which had done well so far to focus on character as much as action) finally caves into the temptation to try and make everything bigger just for the sake of it and pays the price. We begin with life looking good for Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) just for once. He's doing well in his studies (Maguire is about 32 in real life by this point so they are starting to push the doe eyed innocent student angle a bit) and things are fine with Mary Jane (Kisten Dunst) - who is about to make her Broadway musical debut. He plans to propose to her but as ever in Peter Parker's life all does not run smoothly. A small meteorite crashes nearby carrying the extraterrestrial "Venom Symbiote" of the comics and attaches itself to Peter's moped and eventually him. Hmmn. Not contrived. Of all the places in the world it could have landed. The Symbiote needs a host to live but grants that host incredible powers. It's a vicious liquid that clings to the host like a second skin so Peter soon looks as if he has a black costume a la Secret Wars in the comics.

        Peter has new powers but the symbiote brings out the arrogant and dark side of his personality. It results in Emo Goth Berk Peter. He soon has a stupid new hair cut, is dressing in black and pushing away and annoying those close to him. Dylan Baker is not used nearly enough by the way as Peter's teacher Dr Conners (who of course will go on to become The Lizard) and has some really stupid dialogue. "Try not to get any on you," he says when Peter shows him the spooky Symbiote liquid. Thanks for that Dr Connors. Peter though isn't phased at all when the Symbiote does graft itself to him. It's another thing in the film that doesn't make an awful lot of sense. Meanwhile, Harry Osborne (James Franco) has discovered his father's Green Goblin stash of weapons and strength enhancing drugs. He becomes a sort of next generation Goblin and attacks Spider-Man but the resulting battle leaves him with amnesia and he forgets that Parker is Spider-Man. Then he remembers or something and half-inches Mary Jane, the pair soon romantically entwined and Peter out in the cold. This is only the tip of the iceberg with this chaotic screenplay. Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) is an escaped criminal who falls into a particle accelerator which fuses his body with sand. He is now Sandman. Finally there is Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), a journalist who creates a fake image of Spider-Man that isn't very flattering. Emo Peter Parker takes umbrage and exposes Brock, getting him the sack from The Daily Bugle. Brock swears revenge on Parker and as anyone who has read the comics will know, Brock is Venom. The symbiote eventually leaves Peter and fuses with Brock. Now equipped with super strength and fangs, he is the stuff of Spider-Man's nightmares. Well, he is in the comics anyway. Venom is ill served by this film though.

        It's hard to know where to start with Spider-Man 3 really but the most salient problem with the film is that it tries to cram too much in. Far too many ingredients. Thomas Haden Church is well cast as Sandman/Flint Marko and the character is an interesting and famous one (love his faithful green striped jumper which gives him a retro comic book look), a villain but one with a moral compass who can be reformed. However, Raimi bowed to studio pressure to add Venom at the last hour and the film patently has one villain too many. If you include the Symbiote then this film actually has four villains! Church deserved better (he actually disappears for about fifty minutes after a fight between Spidy and Sandman in a sewer) and the birth of Sandman is striking, perhaps even the best sequence in the film, and once again allows Raimi to displays flashes of his horror roots. Venom is the scariest of all Spider-Man comic book villains but feels shoehorned in here and isn't really designed very well. It feels like a rush job. Venom should really be the principle villain in a Spider-Man film, not an afterthought. The character - who gives Spider-Man more trouble than anyone in the comics - deserved much more and Topher Grace isn't terribly memorable as Brock. It's like making a Batman film and throwing Bane into the story in the last twenty minutes.

        As Harry Osborn's new Goblin is after Spider-Man's blood we essentially have a triumvirate of villains in the film and it becomes too much with characters becoming lost in the story. The opening battle between Spider-Man and the Goblin is unforgivably the best action sequence in the film. The climactic battle atop a construction site with all three and Spider-Man with Kirsten Dunst as the obligatory tedious damsel in distress is absolutely terrible. Surely you save the best for last in these types of films? It suggests they had no idea how to wrap this up. I know he's Spider-Man and that's his forte, but surely fights high up on buildings are starting to get a bit dull three films in. For example, I loved a Spider-Man comic I read once with Erik Larsen art where he battled supervillains in a supermarket! It was really inventive and funny and if I had a criticism of the Raimi series it would be that it never quite captured that spirit from the comics. The humour of Spider-Man.

        The CGI makes everything look fake in this interminable last act. Mary Jane hangs by threads, falls, is rescued, falls, is rescued, falls, and so on. The film becomes a cartoon, stupid, boring. There are so many things I hate about this extended sequence. The sudden convenient exposition by Harry Obsorne's butler (who we've never met before), crowd reactions to the fight a la Superman II, and an annoying British reporter who gives a blow by blow account. It's as if the picture was rushed towards a predestined finish date and Raimi lost all sense of judgment about what should or should not be in the film as he battled the clock. Dark Peter Parker (think of Superman III when he became all unshaven and moody) is risible too and even by the standards of comic films there is too much here that strains credibility. Everyone has to have some backstory connection that links them to Peter. Turns out that Marko killed Uncle Ben, Brock just happens to be in the same church where Peter thrusts off the Venom symbiote and so it transfers to him etc. These plot contrivances make Aunt May being in the same bank that Dr Octopus was robbing in the second film look realistic by comparison. What is especially unbelievable here is a specific revelation by Harry's butler about a key plot point. Why did he wait two films to relay this news to his boss? It doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Bryce Dallas Howard is a decent addition as Gwen Stacy, Peter's lab partner and the girl he tries to use to make MJ jealous. Gwen Stacy was a pivotal character in the comics but doesn't have too much to do here. Oh and Gwen of course was once Brock's girlfriend and he's still obsessed with her. Everyone in this film has to have one degree of separation from Peter Parker.

        James Cromwell as her Police Captain father George Stacy isn't in the film much (it's ridiculous how many characters this film has) and he has an incredibly stupid moment too where Gwen is hanging by a building ledge and he inquires what she is doing up and then introduces himself to someone nearby. Eh? No concern about his daughter about to possibly plunge to her death! In the second film there were obvious parallels with Christ (no, seriously), Spider-Man resurrected and being carried aloft by commuters on the subway train. Here he's now like a pop star who has let fame go to his head. Goth Symbiote Peter Parker does not really work at all and practically kills the film off about half way through with some embarrassing vignettes involving Peter dancing on the street and acting stupidly. The Jazz Club sequence with Peter sliding over pianos is incredibly bad. It's a shame because there was potential for a more thorough exploration of the Sandman character and a touching story arc. Neither Kirsten Dunst or James Franco are ever likely to win Oscars but they do some of their better work in the series here in their scenes together. I don't agree with the general view that Raimi is much better at action than the more subdued and conventional scenes in this series. I think he handles the straight stuff (plus the humour of course) well it's just that the Spider Man 3 script is not very good. The Peter/Harry/MJ love triangle has now become tedious and soap operish. It was time to move on but the film seems too intent on Dawson's Creek style pseudo theatrics and rehashing Peter's emotional turmoil over the death of Uncle Ben. There is no progression or sense of maturity in the character of Peter Parker.

        Spider-Man was a box office smash again but it's a clunker compared to the first two and effectively ended this particular cycle of Spider-Man films. Raimi actually began work on a fourth film but walked away when he became unhappy at the poor screenplays and tight schedules he was being asked to work with. Spider-Man 3 is a surprisingly inept and very disappointing end to the trilogy. The Spider-Man box-sets are always worth a look as you usually get some original extras material but at the time of writing you can buy an excellent two-disc version of this for well under a fiver. You get featurettes on the production of the film, the editing, the sound effects, both of the villains (two characters who deserve much more than the treatment they got in the film), the all new next generation Green Goblin, commentaries (understandably but frustratingly there is no real sense from anyone that Spider-Man 3 was very underpar and it might have been interesting to hear a few thoughts on this) the special effects and designs, location work in New York, and trailers and television spots. I found it quite interesting here to learn that the original intention for Spider-Man 3 was to have The Vulture as a major villain but that was eventually nixed by the studio wanting Venom because he was such a fan favourite. Raimi wasn't keen on having to shoehorn Venom into his film although he doesn't say as much in any of the features here of course. There is also a music video by Snow Patrol and several photo galleries.

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          02.07.2011 16:18
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          A bloated mess of a film

          I have to admit to having done everything in reverse here. I watched Spiderman 3 before watching Spiderman 1 and 2, we own all three DVD's and for some reason I wanted to judge the series on its most recent effort, I think this film is a real mixed bag and a disappointment overall, having read some of the comic books, this feels like a movie made to make money purely and simply, it uses some of the comic book villains but doesn't develop anything, perhaps the actors and directors knew the franchise was moving in a new direction, but nonetheless, this film is at times embarrassingly bad with dance numbers and a bad Peter Parker who has all the spite and nastiness of a woolly jumper.

          Plot:

          Mary Jane has got her Broadway musical break, Peter is feeling good about life and Spider Man is a national treasure about to be honoured with a City inauguration, however bad things start happening after an escaped convict falls into a nuclear reactor becoming the Sandman, coincidentally some radioactive bad spiders infect Peter, making him do things the clean cut boy would never do, including throwing away his Spiderman suit, throw in a jealous rival and the return of Harry, Peter's best friend turned sworn enemy and Peter has a real pickle to unpickle, throw in women problems and some of the worst musical numbers ever to appear on celluloid and you have a plot of sorts which unfortunately fails to match the sum of its parts.

          Cast:

          Toby Maguire is fine as Spider man although he often looks like an odd hybrid of a young man and middle aged lady which is off putting, he is good with the helplessness of Peter Parkers real life, but occasionally in this film such as during a toe curling bad segment when he goes shopping, you do feel that his comedic timing is off, this is a shame, but is more to do with the film makers as the scene is awful and very few actors could make anything of it. Kirsten Dunst is fine as Mary, she has little to do except change her mind a few times however.

          Thomas Haden Church has few lines, but has a real sadness in his eyes as the Sandman, his back story is reasonable but not great and he is somebody Peter Parker really wants to get back at. Topher Grace is smart as rival cameraman Eddie but all CGI as venom while James Franco reappears as childhood friend turned Enemy Harry.

          In many ways the film could have done better with one main villain as in the previous film and allowed his back story and character to develop more, in this case there are too many villains and not enough action for them to get their teeth into.


          My View:

          I have to admit this is one of the lesser superhero films I've seen, I found the whole alter ego thing pretty ridiculous, the CGI offputting and the story felt as though Sam Raimi wanted to see how far he could push the ridiculous button without anyone complaining.

          The action when it happens is fine, but there are too many villains and not enough of the fun stuff, Thomas Haden Church looks sombre but has little to really say or do, Topher Grace enjoys his big break as a mouthy rival to Peter, but again his role transforms into a CGI villain which is simply a voiceover part from thereon in. Toby Maguire sleepwalks through this film wondering what happened to parts like 'The Cider House Rules' which helped make him such an accomplished young actor, while Kirsten Dunst looks fairly redundant against comparison to the smarter, sassier Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen a friend of Peter's from college.

          I look forward to seeing Spiderman and Spiderman 2 but would hope that they have less about Peter Parker and more about Spiderman, this film fails in trying to make us care about the alter ego, but by making him ridiculous to extremes for much of the film it kills any goodwill the viewer might have built up over this and previous episodes.

          The transformation of Peter from hero to arrogant man involves combing his hair forward, grinning inanely at women and strutting to disco music, he villains are either angsty teens or men who show no emotion, its hard to empathise with anything in this film, the action is fast but too robotic and the writing stinks. This was my first Spiderman film, I'll watch the two prequels as I've heard special things particularly about Spiderman 2, but having watched this I won't hold my breath!!

          The DVD is available for £3.55 on Amazon, its not really worth it perhaps buy it with the boxset, or wait to watch it on tv.

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            18.08.2010 06:00
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            Worth watching if this is your thing, if not then stick with the first two movies

            "Spiderman 3" is the third in the successful Spiderman franchise of movies and was released on May 1 2007, it was directed by Sam Raimi and stars Tobey McGuire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.

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            The Plot:
            Peter Parker ( Tobey McGuire ) is starting to feel comfortable in the role of Spiderman and even is beginning to bask in his newfound fame, meanwhile his girlfriend Mary Jane ( Kirsten Dunst ) is having a hard time finding success in her career as an actress / singer and begins to feel jealousy towards Peter and his notoriety.
            Meanwhile escaped convict Flint Marko ( Thomas Haden Church ) falls into a particle accelerator that fuses his body with the surrounding sand, which results him being able to shift his shape at will, becoming The Sandman
            Also Peter's friend Harry Osborn is still seeking vengeance for his fathers death which he believes peter to be responsible for, and as such attacks him while dressed as Spiderman with some new weapons he has developed, after a battle above New York, spiderman is victorious and Harry is received a head injury which results in amnesia and him forgetting peters responsibility for his fathers death.
            Mysteriously elsewhere an alien lifeform crashlands to earth and finds its way to peters apartment, once there it melds itself to his costume and peter finds himself having newfound confidence and power with his new " Black" costume, however all is not as it seems as the new outfit is having a strange effect on peters personality, also peter has to struggle with a deteriorating relationship with Mary Jane, a new villain who is also a face from the past, and a new co-worker who seems hell bent on taking peters position within the Daily Bugle

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            The first two spiderman movies were incredible pieces of cinema and helped re-define the Superhero movie genre ( I honestly think the first Spiderman was responsible for us having such movies as Ironman and The Dark Knight ), however I must say I was disappointed with the third outing for our friendly neighbourhood spiderman.

            While the first two movies seemed fresh and original, this installment seems to offer nothing new, also Tobey Mcguire's portrayal of Parker seems to be far more annoying than in previous movies and you almost find yourself wishing for him to fail, combined with some very over the top sequences with Peter's newfound confidence and you do have to suspend your disbelief a little too much, even for a superhero movie.

            However that said, the special effects are topnotch and the Sandman character is portrayed very well and very true to the original comic book.

            However overall this movie was a big disappointment for me, it was far too long ( really, two hours and twenty minutes for a Superhero movie ?? ) and far too unoriginal for me to recommend it to anyone but the most avid Comic Book fan

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              Suffers from the superhero moies curse. This is Batman and Robin all over again!

              There's nothing more refreshing than watching a franchise that had a reasonably good first movie descend into absolute farse, especially in the noughties. We could expect it in the 80/90s where sequels HAD to be bad (Terminator 2 the obvious exception) but we expected more a decade later.

              However I'm quite fond of rubbish movies especially when they are trying hard not to be.

              The story begins with Peter Parker basking in his secret fame, he has a girlfriend and his best friend Harry about 10 minutes into the film suffers amnesia and forgets that he wants to murder Peter. Brilliant! However, things quickly fall apart as a symbiote crashes into earth and attaches itself to Peter's suit, he snogs Gwen Stacey (a fangirl) in front of Mary Jane which makes MJ turn to Harry and eventually dump Peter, he makes an enemy of rival photographer Eddie Brock and he finds that the person who ACTUALLY shot his uncle has escaped prison.

              For about 15 minutes Peter acts like a prat towards anyone and everyone SUPPOSEDLY because of the symbiote, personally I think it had nothing to do with it. Doesn't everybody do Saturday Night Fever dance moves in front of complete strangers? Well the escaped convict gets minced into the Sand Monster, Harry regains his memory and becomes the Green Goblin 2 and Eddie Brock manages to get that symbiote from Peter Parker and becomes Venom. I wont completely spoil the ending for you but I think you know what to expect - the mask will get torn and MJ will be held hostage.

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              Well I didnt hate this movie but it's like it was written for fanfiction. Any charm the characters had in the first film has steadily decreased to whiney voiced individuals moaning about their lot in life.

              Tobey MacGuire who plays Peter looks far too old and slightly too doughy to be the lithe Spiderman anymore and is it just me or when he dresses like Spiderman his head movements and acting are very remiscent of Power Rangers? His personality was changing well before the symbiote made him into a jerk, why would kissing a girl in front of your girlfriend be okay? As a shy guy I'm sure Peter watched others and understood how people must feel and had high levels of empathy, to make him completely void of it now was slightly upsetting.

              His take on a hard guy was cringe worthy even cartoonish. He wears his hair emo, covering half his face with plenty of eyeliner and black clothes to show how evil he is. The dance scene where we have to watch him awkwardly thrust his hips and click his fingers to 'Fever' would not make his girlfriend jealous but more thankful that she dumped him.

              Mary Jane as well comes off as annoying. Her singing voice is awful and I didnt feel sorry for her when she gets fired by the theatre directors. I also was annoyed with her when Peter tries to tell her that from his experience some people are always going to hate you. She snaps at him that this isnt about him and then goes off to snog Harry. They are both as bad as each other.

              The last character I will touch upon is Harry. The saviour of the movie and not bad to look at either. I love how he constantly smiles to himself, how he delivers his lines and just reminds the viewer that we are rooting for him to get redemption rather than some silly prat sliding around on a chair in a coffee bar.

              The film also suffers from plot holes, that are the size of the Grand Canyon. Firstly, the creation of the Sandman was ridiculous. Why were scientists comducting an experiment at night time? Why could they just not be bothered to check whether the unknown mass WAS a bird or not. Wouldn't that be a pretty big bird?
              Also the biggest plot hole where you could actually hear the audiences slapping their foreheads was Harry's butler deciding after Harry tried to murder his best friend and took a grenade to the face that his dad wasn't murdered by Peter after all.

              Well I've gone on far too long, there are too many bad guys, needless cameos and bad acting by a British reporter. I was literally waiting for camp 60s Batman Adam West to join in dancing with Spiderman. Watch it but dont buy the DVD!

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              A great film that keeps you entralled from the word go.

              This is the third in the series of Spiderman movies and was released in 2007 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

              Starring Toby McGuire (Spiderman), Kirsten Dunst (MJ), Thomas Haden Church (Sandman) and Topher Grace (Venom)

              Peter Parker (McGuire) starts the film believing he has finally hit a belence between being human and a Superhero until his hardest battle to date begins against Sandman and Venom. To add to his problems his suit has misteriously changed colour and along with this Peter is battling his darkest vengeful side. Along with his jet black suit he finds that his powers are enhanced and he has to fight against the odds to protect everyone he loves.

              Rated 12 this film contains strong fantasy violence and moderate horror.

              This 2 disc Special Edition is packed full special features including, Snow Patrol "Signal Fire" music video, Photo Gallery, Building of The Sandman and the making of the Stunts.

              Overall this DVD itself is well worth the money you pay. Not only do you get the a great film that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end you also get a 2nd Disc packed with special features. To be honest the Special Features don't generally interest me but for those you who do like the extras then there's more than enough to keep you entertained.

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              Spidey's 3rd outing.

              Everything is currently going great for Peter Parker/Spiderman (Toby Maguire), he's still in love with his childhood sweetheart who, to his amazement feels the same way about him and the people of New York City have the utmost respect for their hero Spiderman. Things start to go downhill when Peter's best friend Harry (James Franco) chooses to avenge his Father's death which means taking out the costumed crusader, however when Harry fails and loses his memory it would appear that Pete has finally got his friend back.

              Meanwhile, a prisoner has just escaped and is on the run when he falls into a particle accelerator which transforms him into the Sandman and when Spiderman thrawts Sandman's plans to evade the police he vows revenge on the people's hero. Just when things didn't seem bleak enough already for Spidey, he goes and annoys a co-worker, so much so that he also vows revenge on Peter. Coupled with a break up with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) things aren't looking good for Peter or Spiderman...

              This is the third out of a rumoured 6 Spiderman films that are set to be released in the near future, with Spiderman 4 due for release in 2011 it would appear that the ever popular franchise hasn't quite run out of steam. Up until 2007 this was the leading superhero franchise but when The Dark Knight appeared in 2008 it raised the bar for future superhero movies and has people looking at previous superhero movies differently, making The Dark Knight as much a curse as it is a blessing for Batman and Spiderman fans across the world.

              The Dark Knight, is as the title would suggest a dark and dreary film, whereas Spiderman is a lot more light-hearted and easy going, appealing more to a younger generation of fans and if you had asked me which I preferred my answer would have been Spiderman (one and two) but Spiderman 3 unfortunately didn't quite manage to measure up to the previous two films. Was it down to the high expectations or was it due to a lacklustre screenplay and poor directing?

              Unfortunately I would have to say it's the latter; the previous two Spiderman movies had a point to them and had a clear and easy to follow plot line that doesn't take too much concentration, it had set villains and it was easy for the audience to get behind Spiderman because we knew who we liked and we knew who we didn't. It would appear that Spiderman 3 has taken things a little too far, it has way too much going on at once, so much so that it's hard for the audience to figure out which is the main plotline/villain and which are merely subplots. In this film we're 'treated' to three different villains and at times they overlap with each other, making it hard for the audience to decipher what's going on and why.

              The first villain we come across is of course Harry who is the most credible adversary for Spiderman to face; he has a back-story which consists of a reason to want Spiderman dead and the fact that these two are former best friends makes the whole rivalry/friendship much more intense. James Franco is great in his role as Harry Osborn and he portrays his anguish towards his best friend/nemesis very well indeed, all the while battling with his ongoing feelings for Mary Jane. After the second film it left it open for Harry to come back as Spiderman's next opponent so the fact that the director doesn't manage to build upon this tension and excitement of the Green Goblin versus Spiderman part 2 is extremely disappointing. This was a huge disappointment as in favour of Harry's villain the director spent more time focusing on other weaker villains. Sandman is a poor excuse for a Spiderman villain, as the film progresses we discover things about his past which are supposedly shocking but overall it was very irrelevant and he wasn't portrayed as evil enough to be a credible villain. Venom however is a little better but still doesn't have the same reasons and passion that Harry has which mean that no matter how menacing Venom may look he still comes across as very immaterial. It would appear that throughout the 139 minute running time, director Sam Raimi wanted to pack as much into this film as possible and it makes the film seem overcrowded and too perplexing for what should be a light-hearted superhero movie.

              I also feel that Peter and Mary Jane's relationship becomes too much of a focus in the film, substituting action for romance. In previous films Mary Jane managed to cleverly remain at the forefront of the film whilst not taking up too much screen time with her will they/wont they relationship with Pete and Harry. In this film I found it to be delved into more than I would have liked, again negating the light-hearted aspect that we have come to expect from the Spiderman franchise. The relationship matters are extraneous to the storyline of the film because at the end of the day we all know they're going to end up together don't we? I feel that overall this film is a bit too soppy for my liking, I'm a big fan of chick flicks but if I wanted to see one I would have watched one, I was expecting an upbeat, funny and intense superhero movie but instead we're left with tear jerking moments all over the place.

              For all it's weaknesses this is actually an immensely entertaining film and for action and tension I'd say it was my personal favourite, in favour of the lacklustre second instalment but as an overall film the first one still pips it to the post. Amongst all the plot strands and villains seeping out of every available orifice we also have the subplot of the 'evil' Spiderman. Spiderman eventually puts on a black suit which makes him stronger and faster however messes with Peter's persona too. Infact when Peter is busy being possessed by the darker image that Spiderman has undertaken all that Peter does is give himself a dodgy looking fringe whilst strutting down the street like a drag queen. Pete's transformation is laughable however the transformation that Spiderman undergoes is very intriguing so it's a shame that it's over pretty much as soon as it begins. When the film was released I remember a lot of emphasis was put on the 'evil Spidey' persona so it was a disappointment to see that it's dead before it was even allowed to get going.

              Overall this is a good, but not a great film. It entertained me throughout but this film does not hold up well to analysis and with it's cluttered storyline, underplayed subplots and disappointing villains it's easy to see why this film wasn't the huge success with critics that the first two were. I've watched this film several times now and it never fails to entertain, it may become a bit lacklustre half way through but it picks up and there are some amazing set pieces and special effects to keep you enthralled throughout. I'd recommend it, but don't go expecting too much.

              The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.

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                Worst of the three films, great SFX but would advise skipping it as there is not much new here

                After the very good second film, I was anticipating the third film so when I saw it at the cinema, I came back out feeling dissappointed.

                Unfortunately, the "third sequel curse" struck this film and is the worst of the three films.

                The SFX are awesome, actually, they are the best of all three films but it's at the sacrifice of the poor "evil spiderman" plot.

                I know it was in the comics but the way it is executed on screen is just plain bad. Peter Parker turns emo...what is up with that??

                And the cheesy dancing and corny overall body language of Parker when he turns bad, is just way off the mark.

                No wonder the studio has just recently decided to reboot the series(!)

                Spiderman is still rescuing people and has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson, by his side but the two soon have friction come between them because of Parker's growing alternate personality.

                Couple that with an escaped convict who is on the run and wants nothing but the best for his ill daughter but unfortunately, rather tragically, is soon turned into the famous Spiderman villain, Sandman, and then there is Harry, who is hellbent on killing Peter/Spiderman and you have a pretty good plot setup.

                The problem is, the villains are a bit overload because later on, Venom also makes an appearance, although not for long.

                It's all a bit much for one movie and it's probably villains that deserve their own movie, especially Venom.

                Performances are good, nothing different here in that department and the action is breathtaking when it all kicks off.

                It's just the whole "evil spiderman" that really let it down and it does take up a relatively large portion of the film. Tobey Maguire does ham it up and enjoy himself when he's playing these parts, you can really tell.

                Bruce Campbell, as crazy as it sounds, steals the film for me with his 5 minute cameo as a french waiter in a hillarious scene restaurant scene where Parker is about to ask MJ to marry him but his plans are interrupted.

                The ending is good and is a decent send off for the series, it puts a closure on the whole Harry wanting revenge on Peter subplot.

                The final scene puts a closure on the whole series, too, which is a good thing.

                Unfortunately, the movie doesn't have the same magic as the first two films and it all starts to wear thin here.

                The one thing that bothered me is how MJ has the knack for getting herself in danger and having Spiderman save her....in all three films. It's boring by this point.

                I'm not saying this is a bad film but when compared to the others, it does suffer.

                It's been nice seeing you on screen, Spiderman, but it's time to move on!

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                  23.11.2009 12:07
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                  Perhaps Spiderman is hoping for an invite to Strictly Come Dancing

                  In the majority of cases sequels are never as good as the original film. Worse still are the type of sequel that assume you've seen previous films and so launch themselves mid story with minimal explanation to any critical prior plots.

                  Spiderman 3 is typical of this. Apparently it took almost an entire film to explain what happened when geeky Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. Spiderman 3 covered this in a single sentence. Having never seen any of the previous Spiderman films this wasn't hugely problematic but it was an indication of things to come. Turns out Spiderman has a best friend turned arch enemy who becomes a best friend after almost dying before trying to kill him again. Then theres an escaped convict who manages to fall into a nuclear experiment whilst being chased by the police and become a sandstorm in human clothing and then theres the black gloop from outer space. Actually the film was worth watching just for the special effects relating to the black gloop which miraculously turned our super nerd into a John Travolta wanabee with a bizarre dance scene worthy of Staying Alive.

                  Special effects were used in an attempt to imitate the sensation of swooping the the air with spidey but I found the constant pitching and rolling merely made me feel nauseous. That's the first time outside of a 3D Imax film I've ever felt travel sick whilst sitting on my own sofa.

                  Perhaps if I'd seen previous films the plot would have made some sort of sense but as I hadn't I constantly found myself wondering what critical bit of information I was missing and more importantly why the odd theatrical sequence with MJ annihilating some rather dull musical number was necessary.

                  Spiderman 3 reveals Spidermans sinister side and seemed to be more about fights with superhuman baddies than saving the odd girl from a near certain death.

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                  Brilliant Film

                  This film continuse the story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and his battle for good and evil. In this film he battles against 3 enimies, Venom, New Goblim and the Sandman. Peter also suffers some depression in this film, all due to his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson/Kirsten Dunst.

                  In this film Peter binds with an alien creature called the symbyote and thus transforming him into a dark person and he turns into the black suited Spider-Man and he starts reaking havock across the city.

                  Finally, the last battle and Harry Osbourne/New Goblin helps Peter after his butler tells him it wasn't Peters fault that his dad died, then the both of them team up to fight Sandman and Venom.

                  Watching this film in the cinema really created a suspension to what was going to happen at the end of the film.

                  For this film the price is brilliant and ofcourse it has gone down a bit from when it was first released. It is now around about £6.99 maybe less than that.

                  Overall this is a good movie and i would definatly recommend this to all Spidey fans.

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                    Cheesy, and not in the good way

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                    Whilst one of the most hyped films of 2007, Spider-Man 3 is also one of the biggest disappointments of that year. It is a film riddled with problems, most of which, shockingly, are glaring errors easily removable in the rewrite process. In comparison to the stellar first two films (which garnered both fan approval and wide critical acclaim), Spider-Man 3 is a satisfying, although often troubled endeavour that ever-so slightly taints an otherwise superb trilogy.

                    What isn't clear is how the film went to pieces. The Spider-Man films have always had a gloriously campy and quirky disposition, yet the clear dubbing in Kirsten Dunst's "singing" scene in this film inspired unintentional hilarity within the film's opening moments.

                    Before diverging into the film's many weaknesses, it is certainly not without moments of promise, such as the introduction of new villain The Sandman early on (Thomas Hayden Church). It is by now a cliché in these films that Spider-Man's adversaries are either driven by great emotional desires, or they are controlled by a malevolent force, and again, this is true. Fortunately, such concerns only mire the film's latter portions, and in serving as a wonderful effects extravaganza, the Sandman is a great enemy to Spidey.

                    Unfortunately, the special effects are anything but consistent. During a fight scene early in the film, the screen may well have been smeared with margarine, ruining a potentially stunning fight scene as you're just barely able to tell what's happening. Moreover, Raimi's film is further damaged by an over-reliance on CGI - during one particular set piece, even falling filing cabinets are computer-generated!

                    Character evolution is expected, even in a comic book film, yet Raimi and co. have managed to render Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) almost entirely dislikeable. Self-absorbed and needy as though reverting to a stage of early development, most of her screen time is spent nagging Peter to spend time with her, or pressing her own romantic ideals upon him. Needless to say, the maudlin tone and unintentional hilarity plays out like a poor episode of the already dire The O.C.

                    Fortunately, not all characters are as criminally mishandled as this - Raimi's iteration of Eddie Brock (Toper Grace) is a strangely charismatic, although thoroughly smarmy young man who develops a grudge against Spider-Man. Topher Grace is among the better casting decisions of the series, and his eventual transformation into fan-favourite adversary Venom is executed as well as such unreal elements can be on celluloid.

                    The cast is also littered with some returning faces, such as the marvelous J.K. Simmons (as Peter's unscrupulous editor, J. Jonah Jameson), and Bruce Campbell in his third cameo of the series (in an appearance too fun to spoil). Elements such as these work as a balance to the rather cheesy humour throughout the film, and provide some solid laughs.

                    In true comic book style, the film performs a very underhanded retcon which leaves a very sour taste, ham-fisted for no other reason than to fuel Spider-Man's need to take down the Sandman even more. Unfortunately, not even the messenger of the news, the excellent James Cromwell, could save this scene from rendering it sigh-inducing.

                    What is most disconcerting about Spider-Man 3 is how unnecessary the film's most cringe-worthy scenes are. MJ's dinner date with Harry Osborn (James Franco) telegraphs the film's declivity, and from here we are "treated" to an inordinate number of dance scenes and wildly misplaced Saturday Night Fever throwbacks. There is, in fact, one moment where, after Peter leaves a café, Harry turns to him with a grin as comically exaggerated as it is nonsensical. After Peter's symbiosis-induced dance number (in a misguided attempt to display the dichotomy of his new personality), followed by a wholly unnecessary routine with debuting character Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), one simply gives up on treating the film as a serious adaptation, and merely attempts to enjoy the rest of the film as corny fun.

                    The introduction of Venom was an surprising treat - whilst his appearance was much hyped, trailer footage was unconvincing at best, yet Raimi and his team appear to have made vast improvements. As difficult a character as Venom is to translate to film, Venom's burly appearance is held down well, although the fact that his face recedes every time he speaks is a little disappointing.

                    The final fight itself is a big dose of fun. Sandman is a huge, impressive beast that in of himself would have served well as the film's final adversary, but we also have Venom, and Green Goblin #2. At this point, however, Spider-Man 3 reveals itself as truly overstuffed, and one cannot help but feel that Venom would have been best left for Spider-Man 4. Even with its inane interjections (namely to an irritating news reporter and crowd children), the climax serves up at least one surprise for viewers, although the scene in question is regrettably followed by a laundry list of clichés.

                    The film's core message is about forgiveness, yet, given the nature in which forgiveness is begged, this message feels unconvincing, and not the most encouraging message to send to the droves of children inevitably watching the film. This tone remains with the film as it plods to the finishing line, even replacing the now-expected finale of Spider-Man swinging around New York, a scene sadly amiss in this film.

                    Spider-Man 3 is chock full of moments that are inane beyond belief, from Stan Lee's ridiculous cameo, to Spider-Man landing in front of an American flag. It is a certain disappointment as a Spider-Man film, although as a Summer blockbuster, it is palatable entertainment that will leave most audiences entertained. Purists and fanboys alike will pick holes in it, and it is a film sorely underdeveloped in the revision process, yet as a superhero film, it sits decidedly average.

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                    25.08.2009 16:35
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                    Amazing potential missed, but it's not without its charm

                    There are certain films in a franchise that get stuck with the retrospective label "only for the most dedicated collector". They come across as the seemingly universally panned instalment of a series; the one everyone loves to hate; the proverbial weakest link. As years go on we discover that the creative team behind the project was put under pressure by their backers or studio, which helped to suck the soul out of a well-loved series. We know that Raimi was under pressure to include a character he didn't like, but does he really fall down with Spider-Man 3?

                    My answer is that he stumbles, but doesn't completely drop the proverbial ball. An obvious mistake is the inclusion of a character Raimi didn't like: Venom. Having said this, the black costume saga had huge potential to have been the slow burn build-up that could have replaced the Harry Osborne story arc that had been beautifully set up in the original Spider-Man. Osborne is actually the strongest part of the whole feature and it finishes very well without the distractions presented by the Sand-Man and Venom sub-plots. The Sand-Man character is apparently one of Raimi's favourite super-villains and his complex character is at least given more respect than say the recent GI Joe movie's Storm Shadow. However, tying his life with events in the first Spider-Man film just seems to be a clumsy step to unnecessarily tick the boxes of establishing the three films as a self-contained trilogy. This sense of completion is not what I feel anyone really wanted with Spider-Man 3, despite Raimi and lead actor Tobey Maguire's contracts expiring.

                    The resulting problems are that we have too many sub-plots and characters such as Venom and Gwen Stacey - Spider-Man's tragic first love in the comics - barely resembling their source material. This gives the impression of a rushed product desperately trying to hit as many key notes as possible.

                    Nevertheless, even with these flaws Raimi still pulls together an entertaining picture. The casting is as strong as ever, the effects continue to improve and the action sequences are ambitious. The cast from the previous two films plausibly play their roles with integrity and, as I said before, the Osborne story arc does finish well. Few fans of the franchise will be disappointed with the two disk set. The extras are reasonable with documentaries that do what they say on the tin.

                    All in all we have an above average sequel that frustrating shows signs of being something much better. Such is the curse of a third instalment it would seem!

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                      Over indulgent and weak

                      I have thoroughly enjoyed Sam Raimi's Spider-Man adaptations with few criticisms. While I have never had full confidence behind the casting choices, the first two films were well scripted, well directed and with production values finally meeting the standard required for a comic book adaptation. Sadly, I felt the excellent standards set by the first two films created a disappointment when I arrived at the final chapter.

                      For those few not familiar with the previous films or the source material, a teen photographer named Peter Parker has been bitten by a genetically altered spider and developed amazing spider like powers. Obviously he has now decided to don red and blue spandex and fight crime. Through his various adventures he also struggles to maintain his relationship with the love of his life, Mary Jane.

                      As we join the third film Peter's success as a superhero is putting a strain on his relationship, a mysterious meteorite has let loose some animated black slime, a burly thug obtains sand powers, his best friend is trying to kill him and someone is trying to steal Peter's job. Sound busy? it is.

                      The biggest flaw with Spider-Man 3 is that there is simply too many things being attempted at once. The story lacks a distinct villain and tries to fill the void with an element of personal conflict. This approach might have worked if the film could make up its mind. A lot of time is spent establishing villains only to have this undermined later and each character's personal development is showered with cliches. To call the film schizophrenic would be an understatement and no unified theme is developed and adhered to. At times it feels like the film is trying to say too much, at other times it just wants to be a punch-up, action flick. It's all too easy to see the joins and by the end of the film it feels like you've watched five or so different sequels glued together.

                      The casting remains a weak spot and I think this is Tobey Maguire's worst outing yet. I actually like Maguire in most things and was really looking forward to his performance back in 2001 but three films later and it has become clear that he's no Peter Parker. I just don't feel any conviction from him and in this cringeworthy, self parody of a sequel he is at his worst. Maguire whines through every line like it will be included in the trailer. It's either over dramatic or laced with pretense. It doesn't help that in this iteration he has been given a truly diabolical script to work with and is expected to act out some laughable scenes. I would be tempted to blame Maguire for the lack of pathos is allegedly touching scenes but to be fair, the characters we've grown to love have been handled so badly throughout this picture that it's hardly surprising. As usual, Kirsten Dunst phone her performance in and it's down to James Franco to lighten things up with his usual high standard of acting.

                      There is one area where this film matches its predecessors and that is visually. 3 is probably the most fluid and well presented of the trilogy and that is no small feat. The CG used to realise Spider-Man is phenomenal and really shows improvement from the incredible work in the first film. CG Spider-man really moves like a human being. Other CG areas such as the "sandman" look really excellent aswell. It really is to the film's credit that the actual element of a young man running around in spandex does not jar as much as the acting. Here a pop culture icon is brought into reality authentically and with style. The film is also loaded with some truly excellent special effects shots, while there aren't any scenes as well thought out as the runaway train from Spider-Man 2 or the bridge tram from the first film, the scenes are still presented with a great deal of effort and a wonderful polish at the end. If you're into an easy viewing action flick than the film is still worth a watch even though the characters have been defaced.

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                        Another classic Spidey movie that has more depth and variety than the last but still oozes cheese

                        Spider-man returns for a third time to defend the city of New York from the various villains and mutants that get thrown at him.

                        --- Plot ---

                        Despite a perfect relationship with MJ once again Peter Parker runs into trouble when a meteor crashes with a substance on it that heightens the hosts personalities, especially anger.

                        The substance forms to Peter Parker and becomes a neat 'midnight' style Spidey with a black costume. Unfortunately stylish fashion sense aside the costume begins to corrupt Peter and make him violent, arrogant and seem quite 'emo' looking. This 'new Peter' is not the man that Mary Jane fell in love with and once again their relationship is in trouble, with Green Goblin Jr on the war path to make things even worse.

                        An unwelcomed return of the Green Goblin is something Spidey can handle but what about someone who's literally made out of sand?

                        Enter Sandman --- like the Metallica reference?....no? moving on...

                        Yet another villain is brought to light in this also, in the form of Venom an evil alien like creature that can do what Spidey can do (web shooting etc), trouble for the high flying spider? you'll have to watch it to find out :)

                        --- It Goes On A Bit.... ---

                        At nearly two and a half hours it goes on a bit and at points you can't help feeling that it could have been trimmed a bit but overall the concept is good. You do have to wonder just how much Peter Parker can screw up his life though? as it seems fair to say that each ends slightly more predictable than the last.

                        This aside the graphics/CGI are stunning and it really is an Action/Adventure to the very end with smidgens of romance and comedy along the way.

                        --- Overall ---

                        Another classic Spidey movie that has a bit more depth and variety than the last but still oozes cheese at points. Still, it's one of those movies that for a fiver (£5) you can't really grumble at and it is action packed from start to finish.

                        Spider-Man 4 is in the works apparently......hmmmmm....quit whilst you're ahead? we'll see.

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                        A really good film that deliver's some great entertainment!

                        Spider-Man 3 is of course the third in the series of this wonderful Action and Adventure film and once again I think it has given an excellent impression on me. The film is fairly recent having only been released in November 2007 and what I really liked about it was how amazing the computer animated parts were and the entertainment as a whole. Just like the other two, the film features Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst who were just exceptional yet again. The film was nominated for a BAFTA film award which I am not at all surprided at because I loved it. I must be honest however and say that whilst I still though it was an excellent film I didn't think it was quite as good as the previous two.

                        The story starts this time with how Peter Parker has now been able to get Mary Jane to marry him. I found this to be a great follow up considering their relationship in the previous films was developing further. However, it isn't all good another adventure lurks ahead and this time it is about how his previous friend Harry setting out to kill him for the revenge of the death of his farther. It is up to Spider-Man to find the real killer and he finds himself having to persevere harder than ever before in this epic adventure! It is a great new story line and as exciting as ever, I found it to be very enjoyable to watch throughout.

                        I really would recommend this film because I felt that it followed on well from a story point of view from the previous film. I felt that the action and entertainment was very good also and the computer graphics were better than ever! This really is a must see for any Spider-Man film and considering it is only £5 it is well worth getting. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!

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                      How does Spider-Man 3 follow on the heels of its predecessor, which was widely considered the best superhero movie ever? For starters, you pick up the loose threads from that movie, then add some key elements of the Spidey comic-book mythos (including fan-favorite villain Venom), the black costume, and the characters of Gwen Stacy and her police-captain father. In the beginning, things have never looked better for Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire): He's doing well in school; his alter ego, Spider-Man, is loved and respected around New York City. And his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), has just taken a starring role in a Broadway musical. But nothing good can last for Spidey. Mary Jane's career quickly goes downhill; she's bothered by Peter's attractive new classmate, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard); and the new Daily Bugle photographer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), is trying to steal his thunder. Enter a new villain, the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), who can transform his body into various forms and shapes of sand and who may be connected to Peter's past in an unexpected way. There's also the son of an old villain, Harry Osborne (James Franco), who unmasked Spidey in the previous movie and still has revenge on his mind. And a new black costume seems to boost Spidey's powers, but transforms mild-mannered Peter into a mean and obnoxious boor (Maguire has some fun here). If that sounds like a lot to pack into one 140-minute movie, it is. While director Sam Raimi keeps things flowing, assisted on the screenplay by his brother Ivan and Alvin Sargent, there's a little too much going on, and it's inevitable that one of the villains (there are three or four, depending on how you count) gets significantly short-changed. Still, the cast is excellent, the effects are fantastic, and the action is fast and furious. Even if Spider-Man 3 isn't the match of Spider-Man 2, it's a worthy addition to the megamillion-dollar franchise. --David Horiuchi