At $250,000,000, Sam Raimi returns to direct the most expensive film ever made with the third installment of marvel comics Spiderman 3. Everything is going great with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire); people love his alter ego Spiderman and his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) couldn’t be better. However, everything is about to change. While fleeing prison, Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) is involved in an accident where his molecules are changed and he is transformed into the “Sandman” which means he can use sand to transform into any shape. In the meantime, Flint’s best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) takes over his father’s mission as the Goblin and spends every waking moment trying to kill Spiderman. (With friends like this who needs enemies.) Now for the really weird part, a meteor covered with a black substance plows to Earth from outer space, changing Spiderman’s suit black and magnifying his powers. (We’re never told what the black substance is, so for all I know it was bird droppings.) If things aren’t bad enough, Peter begins a relationship with his beautiful lab partner, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) which doesn’t sound bad to me but in doing so, he angers a newspaper photographer named Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) who is obsessed with Gwen. Brock decides to nose around in Spiderman’s personal items and becomes infected with the black substance which transforms him into a super villain that mirrors Spiderman with jaws, claws and black webbing. Spidey now has three villains to fight – or does he? This sequel just doesn’t have the same tone and feel as the first two films. Some of the dialogue is cheesy and a couple of the scenes are just corny and ridiculous. For example, in one scene Kirsten Dunst sings and in another Tobey Maguire dances. In both cases, blindness and deafness are a blessing. Most acting was adequate except in one scene Peter Parker was supposed to look sad and someone told me he just looked constipated. (Maybe he sat on some of his sticky webbing.) Even with these flaws, fans will love this action flick. There was dialogue mixed in with action while not leaving out the human interest stories. This may be the best sequel of any super hero series. I’m giving this hugely entertaining movie a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.