Review — Spiderman 3

Although this film has been in theaters for a couple of weeks now, I thought I’d still give you the low-down on whats going on in the third entry to the series.

While the reviews for this flick have been mostly split, I still found the film enjoyable. We’re thrown right back into the world of Peter Parker (Toby Maguire) and it appears that things have really started to pan out for him. He’s in a relationship with the love of his life, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the city finally is on good terms with his alter persona, Spiderman, and he’s even gearing up to ask MJ to marry him. But I guess nothing good can last forever.

As the movie unfolds, Peter finds out the real killer (Flint Marko played by Thomas Hayden Church) of his uncle has just escaped from prison and so that set’s him up for a new, anger-induced vendetta. There’s also this ongoing hostility between his long time best friend/turned enemy, Harry Osborn (James Franco). AND then there’s this whole rivalry with another photographer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace). Throw in an alien symbiote, an new possible love interest and a whole lot of special effects and there you have got Spiderman 3.

On whole the acting was decent, but I wasn’t too thrilled with Dunst’s performance. I never felt like she was really in the role, she was just there giving a sort of humdrum walk-through. I thought Maguire’s portrayal as both regular and black suit Spidey was well done, even with the silly dance number added in. James Franco is always enjoyable to watch, even more so with his role in this film trying to deal with his mixed emotions about how to deal with Peter. I was excited to see Bryce Dallas Howard in this movie, but sadly, she didn’t have very much of a role at all. Both Church and Grace’s characters never really seem to get the chance to develop properly and end up being kind of lackluster. Church’s ‘Flint Marko’ starts off interestingly enough, and the Marko-to-Sandman sequence is pretty cool, but there was still more to wanted from him. Church does a good job with what’s given to him in the script but unfortunately it’s not much so he never really gets to spread his wings and do anything special. In the case of Grace’s ‘Eddie Brock’, the film seems to rush the growing rivalry between Peter and Himself and sort of down plays it. Eventually he turns into Venom, but, disappointedly, we don’t really get to see enough of him, at least I didn’t think so..

The film is good but not great. There is a lot going on here with the story and it feels like they wanted to throw as much into it just in case this was the end of the series. The special effects were done pretty well, but there might have been too much emphasis on them and not enough on the story. I still think it’s worth the time to check this film out.

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