A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.3/10 (181,269 voted)
Critic's Score: 59/100
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace
Peter Parker has finally managed to piece together the once-broken parts of his life, maintaining a balance between his relationship with Mary-Jane and his responsibility as Spider-Man. But more challenges arise for our young hero. Peter's old friend Harry Obsourne has set out for revenge against Peter; taking up the mantle of his late father's persona as The New Goblin, and Peter must also capture Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, who has been transformed into his toughest foe yet, the Sandman. All hope seems lost when suddenly Peter's suit turns jet-black and greatly amplifies his powers. But it also begins to greatly amplify the much darker qualities of Peter's personality that he begins to lose himself to. Peter has to reach deep inside himself to free the compassionate hero he used to be if he is to ever conquer the darkness within and face not only his greatest enemies, but also…himself.
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Mary Jane Watson
Thomas Haden Church
Bryce Dallas Howard
J. Jonah Jameson
Dr. Curt Connors
Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
The battle within.
Sony Pictures [United States] |
Release Date: 4 May 2007
Filming Locations: 1480 N Michigan Ave, Pasadena, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: KRW 5,592,825
(29 April 2007)
Did You Know?
The film's visual effects designer, Scott Stokdyk, created a miniature of a skyscraper section at 1/16th scale, instead of using CGI, to save time and costs, and so that damage done to the building could be portrayed realistically.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
The first time the Symbiote covers Peter's Spider Man suit and "copies" it, Peter isn't wearing the spider man mask, however the symbiote copies the mask exactly, as if Peter were wearing it. However, considering the symbiote affects his mind and amplifies his emotions, it's possible the symbiote copied the suit from Peter's memory.
It's me! Peter Parker! Your friendly neighborhood… You know. I've come a long way from becoming the boy who was bitten by a spider. Back then, nothing seemed to go right for me, and now…
Kid in Times Square:
[pointing at a giant screen in Times Square]
Hey look, it's Spider-Man!
People really like me.
I'm so sorry, Spidey…
As I was walking down the stairs and out of the theater, I was trying
as hard as I could to pull a smile out of my face. My friends tensely
asked if I liked it, I said "Yes, of course!!" They nodded weakly in
response. On the way home, I kept thinking to myself. "You liked it!
C'mon! It's Spiderman!" Now, it's two days later, the euphoria of
waiting for Spidey to come out has subsided, and I've begun to look at
this flick a bit more (shall I say it?) critically.
It's plain to see that Sam Raimi is a fantastic director. He knows when
to do what and realizes that he is making a superhero movie, which is
why the Spider-man movies have done so well. It's not like the recent
Batman and Superman who try to hide the fact that they're just fun
superhero films. Raimi knows his material and embraces it. The effects
were astounding as usual. Spiderman's one-on-one fight with the Sandman
and the crane scene being the major highlights. I thought these
features would outbalance the weaker spots of the film, but
unfortunately they did not.
As far as acting goes, I'm surprised to say that Topher Grace stole the
show. I remember how outraged everyone was when he was chosen, but
obviously someone knew what they were doing when they let him on as
Venom. James Franco and Kirsten Dunst played their usual selves (I
can't help but think of Dunst dreaming of getting back to work with
Sofia Coppola while doing these films). However, Tobey Maguire REALLY
disappointed me. I've always thought he was so great at Spidey, which
is undeniable in the first two films and even in this one…when he has
his red suit on. Maguire is a one note actor, at least as far as Spidey
goes. He just could not pull off the black suit; he wasn't good at
being bad. Then came the horrific bridge scene with MJ. Along with most
other people I've talked to, my entire theater erupted in laughter when
he started crying. It was just…sad…and not in the way the writers
Speaking of the writing, I hate to be beating a dead horse, but c'mon:
3 villains, Sandman's background, trouble with MJ, Harry's changing
attitudes, 2 different Spidermans, competition at the Bugle, Gwen
Stacy, etc. It was just WAY TOO MUCH! Even if you had four hours, it's
just too much to cram into the audience in one sitting. The great thing
about Spiderman 2 (the best of the trilogy) is how focused it was. You
had the inner struggle, the villain and his relationship with MJ. There
it was! Beautifully filmed and written. From the first 15 minutes of
Spiderman 3, I knew that all these parallel story lines were going to
crash within the next two hours. The sequence that shows how far
they've fallen from part two is the whole emo/hair in the
eyes/eyeliner/oh so cool "bad" Spiderman scenes. The first few minutes
of this was funny in the same way that the "Raindrops are Falling on my
Head" scene in part two was great, but this time they stretched a good
thing way too far. This whole sequence is what sticks in my mind and
refuses to let me think that the film was just as great as the rest.
I tried to like it! I really did! I just can't fool myself any longer.
Some critics like Peter Travers for Rolling Stone are saying that we
can let this one slide because it's Spiderman, but I couldn't disagree
more. Spiderman 3 missed the mark and, deep down inside, we all know