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Just as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finds the balance between his love for Mary Jane Watson (Kirstin Dunst) and his responsibilities as heroic Spider-Man, fate steps in and delivers Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), with exceptional superpowers - and a link to the murder of his uncle Ben. But before Peter can track down the murderer, a mysterious black substance turns his suit black - and begins to draw out the dark side of Peter's persona. The blackness also affects a rival Daily Bugle photographer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) who turns into Venom, a foe who can mirror everything Spider-Man can do. Peter has to overcome his powerful enemies - but even more challenging, he has to overcome the darkness within himself.

Review by Louise Keller:
Splashy effects and two new super villains for Spider-Man to combat are the order of the day in the third of the series, which goes full pelt on action as well as keeping its integrity. This time, Spider-Man is confronted by his dark side, experiencing the thrill of revenge before finding redemption and understanding the importance of forgiveness. The visual effects are impressive and there are occasional bursts of humour plus a dash of romance. With Sam Raimi once again at the helm, Spider-Man 3 is in fine form and fans will not be disappointed.

Romance for Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson heads for the rocks when MJ's career takes a dip and Peter finds himself thriving on his Spider-Man adulation. Things start to go wrong when he becomes self-centred, and even indulges in an upside-down kiss with the Police Chief's glamorous daughter Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). 'That was our kiss,' protests a hurt Mary Jane and all the best plans that Peter has carefully put in place for a memorable and romantic wedding proposal, fall flat in the bottom of the champagne flute. Maguire grounds the film as the nerdy Peter Parker, with Dunst always lovely as the vulnerable MJ. Dunst has a lovely singing voice and she sings several tunes - beautifully.

Perhaps the relationship between Peter and James Franco's Harry Osborn is worked a little too hard, but I liked Topher Grace's ambitious photographer Eddie Brock who becomes the powerfully evil Venom, and Thomas Haden Church's tragic villain Flint who inadvertently becomes the massive Sandman. Both villains are endowed with human elements with which we identify, so our relationship with them is bitter sweet. There's a sense of freedom and elation as Spider-Man casts his web and swings from the skyscrapers of New York City. I'm glad he's back.

DVD special features include two audio commentaries, a two-part behind the scenes documentary on the making of the movie, 8 additional featurettes plus bloopers, photo gallery and music video by Snow Patrol.

Published September 19, 2007

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(US, 2007)

CAST: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, Dylan Baker, Bill Nunn, Theresa Russell, Cliff Robertson, Ted Raimi

PRODUCER: Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin


SCRIPT: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent (Marvel Comic by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko)


EDITOR: Bob Murawski

MUSIC: Christopher Young

PRODUCTION DESIGN: J. Michael Riva, Neil Spisak

RUNNING TIME: 139 minutes



PRESENTATION: widescreen 2.40:1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary by the cast; audio commentary by the filmmakers; journey to forgiveness (two part behind the scenes documentary on the makig of the movie); Grains of Sand - building the Sandman featuette; 8 additional behind the scenes featurettes with cast and crew interviews; bloopers; Marvel Villains photo gallery;music video by Snow Patrol

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Home Video

DVD RELEASE: September 19, 2007

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