5/01/2007

Movie Review: Spider-Man 3

The Philippines has the fortune of getting to see Spider-Man 3 on May 1, 2007, 3 days before the worldwide release on May 4. So how do I describe the third installment of the arguably the best superhero film franchise?

Awesome.

This movie is the Return of the King of the trilogy. It definitely saves the best for last. The summer blockbuster requirements seem to be all there-- great action, romance, comedy and a dash of drama. Spider-Man 3 succeeds in wrapping up a good deal of the arcs of the previous two movies.

After two years since donning the costume, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) is enjoying popularity and personal success. As Peter attempts to take his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the story takes interesting turns with the arrival of an alien symbiote and escape of Flint Marko (Thomas Hayden Church) from prison. The two events lead to the rise of two supervillains: Venom and the Sandman.

The aside from battles with villains, Spider-Man also has to deal with personal battles. And that includes his relationship with Mary Jane and best friend Harry Osborne (James Franco). Revenge and redemption are the two underlying themes in the story and subplots of the film.

What's not to like about Spider-Man 3? Well, the ending and epilogue seem weak to me, and comes a bit too melodramatic. But other than, the movie is destined for box-office success and fanboy acclaim.

Update: [Fanboy Rave] I have to mention that Bryce Dallas Howard is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS as Gwen Stacy (Looking so-so in The Village and Lady in the Water). I'll go as far as saying that she stole the show from Kirsten Dunst. [end Fanboy Rave]

Trivia: May 1, 2007 should be renamed Spider-Man day in the Manila-- about 98% of all theaters were showing just Spider-Man.

Rating: 4.5/5

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