Spider-Man 3

Starring: James Cromwell, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Bryce Dallas Howard

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Produced by: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment

Distributed by: Columbia, Sony

Genre: science fiction

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C+ C+ C+
Review by Xibo Date seen: May 27, 2007
Viewing Location: Upper East Side, NYC Grade: C+
Summary: The story made no sense.
While the acting was okay, it was nothing like Molina's Dr. Octopus. Having three bad guys just left the plot going in conflicting directions; like they wanted to squeeze in a bunch of Spider-Man bad guys because they realized they probably wouldn't get to do a 4th movie. The special effects were pretty good, although I find it hard to believe that Spidey could take that much physical abuse with only a few scratches. What really bugged me was the storyline. We're supposed to believe the Peter and MJ are made for each other, but after this dreck you feel like they are both rather mental and would be better off going their own ways and growing up a little. In fact, it would make a lot more sense to see Peter hook up with Ursula, the landlord's daughter. What also bugged me was the whole continuation of the Green Goblin storyline, with its father/son conflicts. Really, this was all settled in the second movie, there was no reason to bring it up again, going back through all the motions again. There's over 30 years of Spider-Man history to call upon, and they had to rehash a plotline from a previous movie? That's being truly creatively DEAD. I only see a few movies a year these days and I'm sorry this was one of them. 

Review by Finrod Date seen: May 5, 2007
Viewing Location: theater Grade: A
Summary: Spider-Man just keeps on spinning
Without an instantly identifiable villain like the first two had (sure, there's the reGoblin but that doesn't quite count), this movie still manages to put on quite a show. Perhaps Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker as a bit too clueless regarding Mary Jane, but that's not a big deal. With (spoilers redacted) at the end, I'm not sure if they're going for a Spider-Man 4 or not-- compare to the end of 2 where they were setting up 3.  

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