3.5 out of 5 stars (above average)
Five years ago, Peter Parker got bitten by a genetically engineered super spider, and gained spider abilities that he used to defeat the Green Goblin and Doc Oc. Now Peter is back with three villains, Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and his best friend turned enemy, the New Goblin (James Franco), who wants to avenge his father’s death.
Things are going great for Peter (played by returning Tobey McGuire). He is getting to class on time, he’s got Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) as his girlfriend, and people love him as Spider-Man. But Peter has to deal with a new photographer named Eddie Brock who is trying to steal his job at the Daily Bugle. Also, the fact that Flint Marko has escaped from jail and obtained Super-sand abilities does not bode well with him.
One night while Peter and Mary Jane are looking at the stars on a “web of romance,” a meteor crashes down on earth and unleashes a black ooze that gets on to Peter’s motorcycle and hitchhikes to his apartment. If this black stuff gets on you it will be like alcohol-it makes you feel good but it will turn you into a BAD BOY.
When Peter rides his motorcycle again, he gets attacked by the New Goblin, a.k.a. his best friend Harry. Harry thinks Peter killed his dad, and he keeps beating Peter up. When Harry bangs into a wall and is knocked out cold, he’s taken to a hospital where the doctors say that his short-term memory is toast. Peter hopes this is permanent!
I don’t want to reveal who Venom is, but I can say that Venom and the Sandman team up to finally kill Spider-Man. The action scenes in this movie are a lot more intense than the previous two movies. Occasionally there is a scene where you just want it to stop! Then, when it stops, you want more action and less romance.
A couple things that I didn’t like about this movie were that there were some unnecessary scenes-for instance, the scenes with the landlord and his daughter. The movie was long enough without those. Also, I thought they waited too long to introduce Venom and get to the action. Spider-Man is kind of a self-thinker in this movie, which means he thinks only about himself. He’s also a glory seeker and I thought he was acting stupid as an ox.
I’m recommending this for 12 year olds to adults. My sister who is nine saw this and liked it, but she watches Fear Factor. Compared to the other two movies this one could have been a bit better, but it’s still worth seeing.
Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and being Pretty Gory.