Spider-Man 3

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Spider-Man 3
Review (9/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

In "Spider-Man 3" we have the much anticipated return of our favourite web-slinger to the big screen after a three-year hiatus.

Round 3 features Spidey vs. The Goblin, Spidey vs. The Sandman, Spidey vs. Venom, Spidey vs. himself, Peter Parker vs. Harry Osborn, Peter vs. Mary Jane, Peter vs. Eddie Brock, Peter vs. his apartment door handle, Mary Jane vs. Gwen Stacy - there's a lot going on here and I've heard rumblings from some people that it's all too much but I really thought everything tied in quite neatly to make what is sure to be one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer and arguably the best Spider-Man movie of the series - so far. This movie really has a bit of everything. There's great action and some truly outstanding battle scenes. The characters are brought along quite nicely. There's some scenes in Spidey 3 that are actually quite funny, most notably a great scene featuring Bruce Campbell and some laugh out loud moments when Peter turns to the dark side. There's even some truly heartfelt moments like a great scene between Harry Osborn and his butler.

Mind you, Spidey 3 isn't a perfect movie. For example there's a dance scene at one point that, while humourous at first, seems to drag on for too long and as a result loses some of its clout. And Venom's voice, well, just seems kind of geeky for the character that he is supposed to be. It's more of a surfer dude's voice instead of the imposing character that you think he would be.

But that's neither here nor there. I still liked 99% of the movie. "Spider-Man 3" is a long movie, clocking in somewhere around 2 1/2 hours but I didn't even notice the time. The movie moves along at an excellent pace and there's always something going on on-screen to keep us interested. It's 2 1/2 hours of sheer entertainment. I can't think of any reason for me not to recommend going to see "Spider-Man 3" on opening weekend. I know some of the "fanboys" or whatever it is that they call themselves probably won't be happy with the amount of screen time given to Venom. Probably won't be happy with Venom's costume. Maybe won't be happy with what happens to Sandman. Probably won't be happy with the development of Parker's inner conflict. I'm sure there's a percentage of the population who dedicate themselves to comic books and the life of Spider-Man - the kind of guys who would probably marry Peter Parker if they had a chance - who will moan and groan about this movie. All I can tell you as a representative of your average movie fan, I thoroughly enjoyed "Spider-Man 3" from start to finish.

I'm not too sure where the franchise is going to go now with all the rumblings that Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst won't be back for another movie. Who knows. To be honest, I've never been real crazy about Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. I think the guy who plays Peter Petrelli on Heroes looks like a much better Parker but that's just one guy's opinion. I just hope every three years they come out with a new Spider-Man movie that is as good as this one because if the movie-makers manage to pull that off, I have a lot to look forward to as the years go on, my eyesight gets worse and my hair gets greyer.

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