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Spider-Man 3 (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Spider-Man 3
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco
Director: Sam Raimi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2007     2hr 20min

Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man¿s suit black, his da...  more »

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Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco
Director: Sam Raimi
Creators: Sam Raimi, Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Alvin Sargent, Ivan Raimi, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2007
Original Release Date: 05/04/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 05/04/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 27
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Benjamin F. (flowersb08) from DEFIANCE, OH
Reviewed on 12/22/2012...
Don't listen to the negative reviews. This is a great installment to the Spider-man franchise. If you are looking for action, adventure, charm, and well-loaded story, this movie is for you

When the film opens, our endearingly self-effacing hero, Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), is ready to propose marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). M.J. is about to get her big break in a new Broadway musical.

Peter is still contending with the ongoing enmity of his former buddy, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who continues to unfairly blame Peter for the death of his villainous father (Willem Dafoe) who had, in fact, taken his own life. An airborne battle between the two results in a knockout of Harry, who wakes up with no memory of his grudge against Peter.

Thanks to this amnesia-inducing accident, the trio's friendship is back on track, despite Harry's lingering affection for M.J. But there's trouble ahead.

On the personal level, M.J.'s less-than-stellar stage performance results in her firing. Peter is letting his Spider-Man accolades go to his head, even allowing himself to be photographed being kissed by first girlfriend Gwen (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the same famous upside-down manner as he memorably kissed M.J. Peter is completely oblivious to both M.J.'s hurt and her professional humiliation.

Fueling Peter's arrogance is a slimy substance that he has inadvertently tracked into his apartment, and a mysterious black Spider-Man suit which has magically appeared, and which gives Spider-Man added strength, albeit at the cost of his basic decency.

At the Daily Bugle, Peter's budding career as a photographer is undermined by a conniving newcomer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace). Peter eventually gives Eddie his comeuppance, but the vengeful act results in Eddie's transformation into the fearsome Venom.

The other new villain with which Peter/Spider-Man must contend is jailbird Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), whom we first see trying to reunite with his little girl against the opposition of his estranged wife (Theresa Russell). When Flint flees from the cops and gets trapped in a giant vat used for physics experiments, his molecules decompose, and he turns into the Sandman, able to morph into sand formations large and small.

The performances are remarkably fine across the board, and director and co-writer Sam Raimi doesn't stint on the action (with ever-impressive digital effects), though the havoc wreaked by a loose crane in a skyscraper office building may conjure disturbing memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

Most admirable is the very human story imbued with a strong moral focus. When Peter kills the putative killer of his beloved Uncle Ben, and gleefully reports the villain's demise to his gentle Aunt May, her disapproving words to him about revenge are about as potent a discourse on that subject as we've heard on screen in some time.

Despite Peter temporarily crossing over to the bad side (courtesy of that black suit), he and the other characters behave with uncommon decency. Not only is there no premarital sex, but even when M.J. and Harry exchange an impulsive kiss, they immediately regret the action, and quickly part.

Less praiseworthy is a curious church scene where Eddie fervently prays for Peter's demise, though the wish seems to result in a beneficial transformation for Peter/Spidey in the church's bell tower.

Even the villains are treated with compassion, and forgiveness plays a big part in the film's two-hankie conclusion.

Some may find it overlong, but that's a small carp in such a satisfying, surprisingly moving film, with its solid themes of good versus evil, self-esteem, forgiveness and redemption. Though the film is classified for adults because of some comic-book brutality, many parents may deem it acceptable for their older teens.

Movie Reviews

Too many crooks spoil the broth
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 05/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Spiderman 3" falls victim to a common ailment of most hero movie franchises. If one villain is good, then two would be great, But if two would be great, then three would be fabulous! (Think the horribly overstuffed "Batman & Robin" or "Superman III.") So while I really enjoyed the third installment in the Spiderman series, I kept getting the feeling that I was watching what would have made two great movies crammed into a single average one.

For instance, is Thomas Haden Church's Sandman necessary to this film? Granted he lets the dark Spiderman loose for a bit, but both The New Goblin and Venom get their turns as bad spidey bait. It also sucked points away by convoluting plot points and weakly re-writing the circumstances of Uncle Ben's death. The movie's pace would have significantly improved had the conflicts been more limited to Peter, Harry and Eddie Brock. Since the main focus was on Harry and Peter's attention to Mary Jane and Eddie's anger at losing his girl to Peter, it would have tightened the story if Sandman had been saved for later.

The conflict also gives Tobey Maguire a chance to goof around with the role. His moments as Dark Peter Parker are some of the film's funniest (following J.K. Simmons as J. Johah Jameson), and his antics in the jazz-cafe were the ones that got the big reaction in the theater I was watching this. I also found it amusing that when Peter gets bad his bangs suddenly fall down his face and he looks like he should be joining a Fall Out Boy/My Chemical Romance concert.

What all this crowding does accomplish is a shortchanging of character development. How Sandman and Venom form an alliance in zero seconds flat is whiplash inducing as is the almost total lack of development in Topher Grace's character. He's brought in so quickly you wonder how he became so angry so fast in his evolution into Venom. Aunt May is barely in the plot at all; Peter's apartment manager and daughter get more significance. Harry/The New Goblin plays a major role throughout, but his character stages are done so abruptly that, once again, you end up wondering what the heck just happened here.

This probably won't distract you from all the action, and Sam Raimi again delivers the goods. The flights, fights and special effects are astonishing as ever. Spiderman's suits are as sleek and cool as before, and all the gimmicks will keep your eyes on the screen. So will the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. All told, "Spiderman 3" is not a bad movie, but given that both one and two were amazing, it is still a minor let-down."
Spider-Man 3 takes you on an emotional journey and does not
Porfie Medina | Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA | 05/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have to say Spider-Man 3 was another great addition to the Spider-Man trilogy. I do have to admit I was afraid this movie would not live up to the first two Spider-Man's. I mean those first two were great and how could this one possibly match that? After I finished watching it I can say I was not at all disappointed. I think many people were expecting this to be just like Spider-Man 1 and 2. Spider-Man 3 does take more risks than its predecessors by having more villains than usual, but It still manages to entertain, spark emotion and above all inspire and bring out the kid in many of us. It is like the first two with many of the same characters returning, but where Spider-Man 3 differs is when we get to see the dark side (with the black suit) of Spider-Man which takes the movie to a whole new level. I have to say this movie was AWESOME. This movie truly has a great stand out cast. TOBEY MAGUIRE who plays Spider-Man did a great job as usual and brought emotion to the character that made him more human than any other hero in a comic book inspired movie. The action scenes are amazing and they make you jump out of your seat a few times. All that along with the emotional journey that Spider-Man takes you on, that's what truly makes this movie so great and special. This is one Roller-Coaster ride that I highly encourage any one to see. The ending is also a surprise and I will not give it away, but I will say some people liked it and some people did not, Go figure. I did not buy in to all the hype of this movie, or the negative things some critics had to say. I went to see Spider-Man 3 to be entertained and I was not at all disappointed. With a expected DVD and blu-ray release date of November 2007 this is sure to be one great year for Spider-Man fans!"
And they thought Topher Grace would be a great Venom... why,
William James Taylor IV | 12/28/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Plot in a nutshell: picking up where #2 left off - or maybe a year or so after #2 - it almost looks like Peter Parker's life has turned around for the better. He's excelling in his studies despite being hit with spitballs by lesser intellects (spitballs? come on Sam, even first graders don't do that anymore!), he has the love of his life, Mary-Jane Watson by his side, MJ just got the lead role in a Broadway musical, he's thinking of popping the question to her, and New York is loving his alter ego, Spider-Man. After the first showing of MJ's play, they enjoy a moment in a big web, staring at the moon, being romantic and affectionate towards each other, so for our hero, life is finally good.

But then the real world brings Pete and MJ's fantasy world crashing down around them. Old friend Harry Osborne is still out to avenge his father, Norman's death, as Norman died as Green Goblin against Spidey - derailed only by a brief memory loss - MJ gets fired from her play due to bad critical response over her singing ability or lack thereof, Peter is so high on the love he's getting from the NY populace that he's not being quite as sensitive to her as he should while she's not giving him the grounding he needs, and Gwen Stacy, a cute classmate of Peter's, seems to have her eye on him. To make things worse, Peter learns that a villain named Flint Marko, now the mutated Sandman, was the real killer of Uncle Ben ala Joker killing Batman's parents in the 1989 Batman film - though Sandman reveals it was an accident - and Peter's spot at the Daily Bugle is now being threatened by a smarmy rival photographer named Eddie Brock Jr. Then Pete's Spider-Man suit gets slimed with black goo that turns out to be an alien symbiont, that augments his powers as well as his aggression. When Peter finally realizes what the black symbiont is doing to him and what it will cost him, he rids himself of it in a church, using the noise of the ringing bell to knock it off - only to have it fall on Brock, who came to the church to pray for Peter's death by God's hand after Peter got him fired for submitting photo-shopped pictures of Spider-Man doing evil. This results in the creation of Venom, who allies himself with Sandman to kill Spider-Man. Who will survive? While it stands head and shoulders above last year's barely broke even super-turkey "Superman Returns", a super-heroic dud if there ever was one, Spider-Man 3 suffers from the same problems that plagued last year's runaway swashbuckler hit sequel "Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest" in that it over-stuffs itself and loses some of the idiosyncrasies that made the first go around so appealing, and also works against its themes of hubris and forgiveness. The actors do their best, but the material isn't up to par. Maguire appears to be having fun during his "dark" montage (the walk down the streets while pointing and pelvic thrusting at women who look at him with disgust obviously meant as a dark flip-side to the lighthearted 'Raindrops' montage of #2), but his fling with his dark side really should have been handled more seriously. Dunst, not the greatest actress by any means, gives her all but the film isn't always complimentary towards her. Franco perhaps fairs better as Harry, the friend haunted by old demons and a father's specter that he cannot shake.

Sporting what must be the worst bleach job in cinema history, natural red head Bryce Dalla Howard, almost unrecognizable with ice cream blonde hair, makes the most of the underwritten Gwen Stacy, here given a connection to Eddie Brock that never existed in either the mainstream or Ultimate Marvel universes. But Gwen, the ill-fated lover who was brutally murdered by the Green Goblin back in the 1970s, is little more than a MacGuffin, a plot device to annoy Peter and MJ.

Villains... oh there are too many. Thomas Haden Church makes the most of his Sandman character, a complex but fairly low ranking villain who gets the spotlight mostly because director Sam Raimi seems to like him, but he only appears sporadically, and the thing with him as Uncle Ben's accidental killer not only feels forced but undermines the guilt factor that drives Spider-Man.

Rail thin Topher Grace is hopelessly miscast as Brock/Venom, playing him as basically a mean, jerky version of his 70s Show character, and he's clearly in over his head because he has neither the physicality or intense range to pull it off. Grace no doubt hoped Venom would do for him what Batman did for Michael Keaton, but it just doesn't work. This is what happens when directors are forced to use characters they clearly don't like and then create watered down hybrids of them from their mainstream/Ultimate universe counterparts.

Well, the action sequences are still superb, and the film does have an obviously deep love for its title character. It's biggest crime is that it over-reaches its grasp, as seems to be the fate of so many comic book film franchises. So it's entirely great, but it's not entirely bad either."