Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Movie Review

Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 film directed by Sam Raimi and it stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J. K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris, Topher Grace, and Thomas Haden Church. The film is about Spider-Man obtaining a symbiote as it consumes his good hearted personality and he is put to the test against three villains. Like the previous two movies, Spider-Man 3 was a massive hit at the box office back at 2007. This is the final film in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

Opening Thoughts:

Just like the previous two films, I grew up watching Spider-Man 3. When the movie first came out, I was so hyped and I saw it the second day it came out in theaters. I didn’t know at the time that there would be three villains in this movie. I found out while watching the film for the first time. I couldn’t stop thinking about Spider-Man 3, after I saw it the first time. When it came out on DVD, I saw it numerous of times along with the first and second film. I bought the PlayStation 2 game of the film and that game was good too. I forgot to mention in my Spider-Man 2 review that I played the video game of that film as well.

The Positives:

Spider-Man 3 is a film that has flaws no doubt but it’s also a movie that had good things worth talking about. Seeing Spider-Man bonding with the symbiote and seeing him in action for a bit in the black suit was pretty cool. Danny Elfman did not do the score for this movie but some bits of his theme was included in the movie. The main titles of the movie that included Christopher Young’s score was amazing. The scene where Spider-Man is hanging from a building in the black suit for the very first time was a memorable moment. Young’s black suit theme for that scene made the movie come to life. The climax of the film where Peter finds out the Sandman was the actual killer of Uncle Ben was really good and it took me off guard. Young’s score of the Sandman theme was really good as well. There was no problem with the character development with this movie. I thought everyone was really good with their roles. But the character development was much better in Spider-Man 2 than in this one. The scenes where Peter is showing off to the public and showing his arrogance and aggressiveness as the symbiote is with him was pretty cool in my opinion. The scene where Spidey is in the black suit as he is chilling at the top of the church while it’s raining was an iconic moment. The scene where Peter is trying to give up the symbiote which eventually leads to the birth of Venom at the church was great moment too. I liked the scene where Peter takes out his original suit to get ready to fight Sandman and Venom as the responsibility theme plays in the background. Speaking of Venom, it was nice to see him in this movie and the way he looked was satisfactory. The last iconic moment of the movie was when Sandman tells the truth to Spider-Man about his Uncle’s death at the last act of the film. Just like the first two movies, this movie had great action scenes. Overall the movie showed it had potential to be a really good film by those memorable moments.

The Negatives:

The main flaw Spider-Man 3 has it is cluttered with 3 villains. With three villains, that means there are subplots which is completely unnecessary. The movie had to deal with Harry getting revenge on Peter, Sandman being the actual killer of Uncle Ben, and Peter fighting with the symbiote as it bonds with him which eventually bonds with Eddie to become Venom. All these subplots of the movie made the movie be a bit messy. The subplots themselves are really good but I think Sam Raimi should’ve used them individually for Spider-Man 4 and 5. The movie should’ve just been about Peter facing Harry as the new Goblin since Harry knows Peter is Spider-Man in the second film. Spider-Man 4 could’ve been about the story of Uncle Ben’s actual killer which leads to Sandman. Spider-Man 5 actually could’ve been about the symbiote which leads to Venom. Venom comes in the movie in the third act and that’s an issue as well. Venom should’ve had more screen time. Majority of the fans didn’t like the “emo” looking Peter Parker when the symbiote was with him. I personally did not mind it but they could’ve done a lot better with those scenes. They could’ve included Peter showing more of his aggressiveness with the black suit and when he is not in the suit instead of having a scene where he is showing off and dancing. That would’ve been a lot better scene. There is no scene where we see black suited Spider-Man taking down thugs. We only see him in action with the black suit when he fights the Sandman in the middle act of the film. We should’ve seen more of the black suit in action. The pacing was a little off too since the movie has three different plots.

The Verdict:

Even though Spider-Man 3 has flaws, it’s surprisingly my favorite of the trilogy because there were great moments in the movie that I personally love a lot. I can watch the movie countless of times because of black suited Spider-Man and just accepting the story for what it is. Spider-Man 2 is the best of the trilogy but Spider-Man 3 will always be my favorite. Still to this day, I wish Spider-Man 4 was being made. I’m gonna be generous and rate Spider-Man 3 four out of five stars. I should give it 3.5 out of five stars but as I said earlier, I can enjoy the movie for what it is. I’m hoping the Venom solo movie starring Tom Hardy is good when I see it this October. If it is then Venom officially got his spotlight.

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