In “Spider-Man 3,” based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. As Spider-Man basks in the public’s adulation for his accomplishments and he is pursued by Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who rivals M.J. for his affections, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. His newfound self-assuredness is jeopardized when he faces the battle of his life against two of the most feared villains ever (Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace), whose unparalleled power and thirst for retribution threaten Peter and everyone he loves.
“Spider-Man 2” has been called the greatest comic book movie ever made by many film critics and comic book aficionados. “Spider-Man 3” strongly makes a case to take that title. The film is virtually a non-stop ride into great action sequences, character development, and humor; plus, the film presents a strong message without being preachy: make good choices and learn to forgive others, including yourself.
There are several scenes of comic book, fantasy-type violence as Spider-Man fights Sandman and Venom, two shrewd enemies which by their nature are difficult to beat. Peter Parker also struggles with his dark side, hence the black Spider-Man costume in the film. He makes some poor choices and becomes egotistical until reality brings him back down to earth. The film’s overall theme of making the right choices and being willing to forgive are commendable, and Dove happily approves this film for ages twelve and above. Go see it and get wrapped up in the web!