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Movie of the Week


As Reviewed By



Roy Dennard                             Greg Dunn 




Spiderman 3


Roy Dennard - 10 out of 10

Greg Dunn - 10 out of 10



Let me start by saying that Thanksgiving came early last year as regards to summer blockbuster movies because Hollywood served us plenty of turkeys disguised as big events: Mission Impossible 3?  Nope.  Superman Returns?  I don't think so.  The Da Vinci Code.  Tom Hanks should have served cranberry sauce and giblet gravy with that one.  BUT---If Spiderman 3 is any indication, there is hope for the movie industry yet.  Director Sam Raimi has served up what could be the most action-packed comic book movie ever made, surpassing even the recent champ, "300," for thrills per minute.  Raimi takes us on a non-stop roller coaster ride full of adventure, romance, redemption, and even comedy, starting with a high-flying aerial battle between our hero, Peter Parker (Toby McGuire), and his former best friend, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who has come up with some very cool variations on his father's original Goblin battle suit, including a faster, more maneuverable Glider and a deadly arsenal of pumpkin bombs and razor-bats.  And that's just the beginning of young Parker's troubles.  He also has to face his beloved Uncle Ben's killer, a three-time loser named Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) who gets transformed into a formidable shape-shifting creature of living sand and also an alien symbiote named Venom, who transforms his host, fledgling photographer Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) into a warped, hate-filled version of Spiderman himself!  All this and the love triangle between Pete, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), and Harry, as well!  It's almost too much plot for one movie to contain, but Raimi somehow pulls it off, albeit not always smoothly.  You'll be having too much fun marveling at the special effects to notice though (the scene where Marko gains his Sandman powers is nothing short of awesome).  There's even a musical number or two thrown in, believe it or not (I won't tell you why, but they fit in).  And there's a hilarious scene where Peter, possessed by the Black costume, struts down a Manhattan street like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, then proceeds to stop in a shop doorway to shake what his Momma gave him.  The final 25 minutes of the film feature a knock-down, drag-out battle royale involving the Web-Slinger and all three villains that has to be seen to be believed!  This is the last go-round for McGuire, Franco, and Dunst, as well as Raimi as director, and it is obvious that they wanted to go out with a bang.  Spiderman 3 is everything a summer blockbuster should be and more.  This movie proves that it is possible to make an entertaining film without profanity or nudity.  They don't call him the AMAZING Spiderman for nothing!


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