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Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Sam Raimi (2007)

133min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Spider-Man turns bad and has a blast doing it, in Sam Raimi's second sequel to his 2002 hit. Swinging in at a hefty 140 minutes, it sees Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) now at ease with his alter ego and the public adoration it attracts, leaving girlfriend Mary Jane (a sympathetic Kirsten Dunst) constantly neglected. Events are complicated when contact with a parasitical alien substance brings out Spidey's dark side and exacerbates a personal vendetta against one of the tale's three villains, Sandman (a molecularly displaced Thomas Haden Church). Visually, this comic-book spectacle can't be faulted, with eye-popping effects intensifying a clutch of exciting set pieces. However, the self-indulgent running time and cluttered plotline frequently render the scenes in-between unfocused and plodding. Raimi works hard to compensate, contrasting the characters' repetitive emotional angst with a fun dose of fanboy-friendly humour. But the overall magic remains diluted, making an enjoyable picture fall short of brilliance.

Summary

A sinister alien parasite brings out the web-slinging hero's darker side, filling him with thoughts of revenge on his uncle's murderer, the shape-shifting Sandman. Meanwhile, he also has to contend with the challenge of his best friend following in his father's villainous footsteps - and a jealous rival developing superpowers of his own. Superhero sequel, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.

Cast & Crew

Peter Parker / Spider-Man Tobey Maguire
Mary Jane Watson Kirsten Dunst
Harry Osborn / New Goblin James Franco
Flint Marko / Sandman Thomas Haden Church
Eddie Brock / Venom Topher Grace
Gwen Stacy Bryce Dallas Howard
Captain George Stacy James Cromwell
Aunt May Rosemary Harris
J Jonah Jameson J K Simmons
Mrs Marko Theresa Russell
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson Bill Nunn
Dr Curt Connors Dylan Baker
Maître d' Bruce Campbell
Miss Brant Elizabeth Banks (2)
Uncle Ben Parker Cliff Robertson
Hoffman Ted Raimi
Mr Ditkovitch Elya Baskin
Man in Times Square Stan Lee
Director Sam Raimi
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Pictures Guidance: Swearing, edited for some of its violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 May 2007

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