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“Spidey is back. In Black.”
_ Spider-Man 3_
Title: Spider-Man 3
Writing a review for Spider-Man 3 seems like such an effort in futility. Spider-Man fans will see it regardless of anything I might say and those who can’t stand super hero movies will probably pass regardless of any raves. So let me step outside the realm of reviewer for a second and talk personally about my experience with the film.
I normally would have sent one of our staff writers, Jennifer, to do screen this but she was in Germany. So I went myself with no expectations since I am not a huge fan of either of the previous spidie flicks. I was not sure I could deal with another round of comic book predictability and Mary Jane’s mopey-dopey character. I am always able to be unbiased with films to be fair to the reader but at the same time a film like this sort of needs a fans opinion. But I grabbed my complimentary popcorn and Sprite and settled in for the 2 and a half hour ride. And a surprisingly fun ride it was.
From the opening montage of the past two installments to the final credits there was a decent balance of action, humor, special effects and at times talented acting. The writing was still comic book at best but I kept reminding myself that Spider-Man is exactly that. But where the writing lacked, the special effects made up for it and then some. One of Spider-Man’s foes in the new one is Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). A man, fittingly enough, made of sand. The effects team may have secured themselves a Goldman for their creation and transformation of this new villain.
Returning are Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), and Harry Osborn (James Franco). Staples from the past who add grounding and familiarity. I was also pleased to see Topher Grace (Eddie Brock) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy) added to the mix. Both are strong young actors who help bring life to the lackluster lines they are given.
And of course there is the black suit. Venom. The parasite of a villain. Granted Spidey looks good in black even though it is in black that his own darkness betrays him. So this film is as much about Parker healing inside as it is about ridding the city of mean and nasty people. There is a lot of dialogue about forgiveness; vengeance; and facing the truth that is often hard to acknowledge. Spider-Man 3 did not shy away from any of these issues and is better for it. Because even if we have ever donned a mask to fight villains; we all have them in our live, people we would like to see pay for injustice. Sometimes it is to the point of our own insides festering until we find a black persona draped about us. And by then it is hard to shake.
Spider-man is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence. It is a little darker than the original two films but the action is no more violent than before. If you felt safe taking your family to the earlier ones then you will have no problems with this one. I give it 4 out of 5 black gooey things. It surprised me and kept me entertained for the entire time. That is hard to do these days and so I commend it for that. With a look at the new web slinger. I am Matt Mungle.
The Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com)(04/30/07)
“Matt is a member of the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and hosts the weekly syndicated Indie Rock Radio Show Spin 180. Plus with his wife Cindy they do a weekly radio feature, The Mungles on Movies. For additional reviews and interview clips visit the website www.mungleshow.com”

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