Spider Man 3

PLOT:

Peter Parker has begun to feel secure in his life and plans to propose to Mary Jane. One night in a park, while Peter and Mary Jane are on a date, a small meteorite crashes nearby, and an alien symbiote oozes out, attaching itself to Peter’s moped. Meanwhile, escaped convict Flint Marko falls into a particle accelerator, which fuses his body with the surrounding sand. The result allows him to shape shift at will, becoming the Sandman. Peter’s best friend, Harry Osborn, who seeks vengeance for his father’s death, which he believes Peter caused, attacks him. The battle leaves Harry with short-term amnesia, making him forget his vendetta.

Later, during a festival honoring Spider-Man for saving Gwen Stacy’s life, Sandman attempts to rob an armored car, and overpowers Spider-Man. Captain Stacy later informs Peter and Aunt May that Marko is the one who killed Ben Parker, and a vengeful Peter waits for Marko to strike again. The symbiotebonds with his costume while he is asleep; Peter discovers that not only has his costume changed, but his powers have been enhanced as well. The black suit also brings out the more vengeful, selfish, and arrogant side of Peter’s personality, exemplified by a near lethal attack on Sandman during a battle underground.

The shift in Peter’s personality alienates Mary Jane, whose stage career is floundering, and she finds solace with Harry. Harry recovers from his amnesia, and, urged on by an apparition of his dead father, forces MJ to break up with Peter. After Mary Jane leaves Peter, stating she is in love with another man, Harry meets him at a restaurant and claims to be the other man. Later, Peter finds him at the Osborn mansion. With the help of the black suit, Peter is victorious in a brutal fight, which leaves Harry’s face disfigured. Influenced by the suit, Peter exposes and humiliates Eddie Brock, Jr., a rival freelance photographer, who has sold fake pictures to The Daily Buglesupposedly showing Spider-Man to be a criminal.

In an effort to make MJ jealous, Peter brings Gwen to the nightclub where Mary Jane works. Peter gets into a fight with the club’s bouncers and knocks MJ to the floor. Peter realizes the symbiote-suit is changing him for the worse. He runs out of the nightclub and goes to a church bell tower to get rid of it. Initially he is unable to pull the suit off, but the sound of the church bell weakens the symbiote, enabling Peter to break free. Eddie Brock is at the same church praying for Peter’s death when the symbiote falls from the tower and takes over his body. The newly-empowered Eddie finds Sandman and suggests that they join forces to destroy Spider-Man.

The pair use Mary Jane as bait to force Spider-Man to confront them. Peter approaches Harry for help, but is turned down. However, Harry learns the truth about his father’s death from his butler Bernard, and arrives in time to rescue Peter, teaming up against Brock and Sandman. As the fight progresses, Brock attempts to impale Peter with the glider, but Harry sacrifices himself and is fatally wounded. Peter recalls how the church bell’s toll weakened the symbiote, and frees Eddie from it by clanging several pipes together. Peter throws a pumpkin bomb at the symbiote just as Eddie attempts to rebond with it.

After the battle, Marko tells Peter that he had no intention of killing Ben Parker, and that it was an accident born out of a desperate attempt to save his daughter’s life. Peter forgives Marko, who dissipates and floats away. Peter and Harry forgive each other, before Harry dies with Mary Jane and Peter at his side. After Harry’s funeral, Peter and Mary Jane begin to mend their relationship.

REVIEW:

Many critics and fanboys have panned this film. I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of it.

They try to go to deep into Sandman’s past. I understand they have to give him an actual character and whatnot, but as with the first film and Spider Man’s origin, there is no need to know every detail on film.

Mary Jane is bordering on PMS-esque bitchiness throughout most of the film. It’s really annoying, and makes one not like her. That could be the intention, though, so as to sway the audience towards Gwen Stacy.

The New Goblin, who doesn’t exist in the comic, is just a waste of screen time that could have been used to tell us more about the symbiote or do more with Venom. Seriously, the symbiote just crashes on Earth, hops a ride on Peter’s moped, eventually latches on and other than a brief meeting with Dr. Connors (who should be the Lizard by now), there is no real interest in it.

Venom was the major selling point of the film, yet he doesn’t appear until the last 30 minutes where he is pretty much shoved in there. Topher Grace does not do a good job with this role, and what is up with the teeth and the constant revealingof his face? Do these people not read the comics, or are they so hell bent on showing the overpaid actors’ faces that they have to sacrifice the source material?

The ending gets a little sappy, but, until further notice, this is meant to be the last in the series, so it’s a little understandable as they have to tie up all the loose ends, but that just seemed to drag on.

Many of Sandman’s effects reminded me of the first 2 Mummy films. Of course, that may be becuse of the sand.

Bryce Dallas Howard was a welcome addition to the cast, though. Peter’s “emo” scene is a welcome bit of comic relief as it lightens things up after all the heavy stuff.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this is a bad film, because it isn’t. However, if you’re a Spidey fan, be wary, there are parts that will leave you scratching your head wondering WTF?!?

4 out of 5 stars

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5 Responses to “Spider Man 3”

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