THE SANDMAN: Spider Man tries to come to grips with
the Sandman in Spider-Man 3.
"While it’s as action packed as one would
expect of a blockbuster of this magnitude, director
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 spends as
much of its time unravelling the story of Peter
Parker's inner turmoil as it does his efforts to
save the world from evil."
He’s not your average superhero and that’s
what makes Spider-Man such an interesting character.
His ongoing internal struggle - the battle every Christian
faces between giving in to temptation and doing what is right
- is one of the central themes of the latest movie to takeup
his story, Spider-Man 3.
While it’s as action packed as one would expect of a
blockbuster of this magnitude, director Sam Raimi’s
Spider-Man 3 spends as much of its time unravelling
the story of Peter Parker's inner turmoil as it does his efforts
to save the world from evil.
Tobey Maguire ably reprises the role that he’s now become
known for while Kirsten Dunst steps into the shoes of his
love interest Mary Jane and James Franco as his best friend/worst
enemy, Harry Osborn (aka “Green Goblin” junior).
J.K.Simmons returns as Peter Parker’s hard-bitten editor,
J. Jonah Jameson, and he’s joined at the Daily Bugle
by new hot-shot photographer Eddie Brock (played by Topher
Grace) - in fact, the rivalry between Parker and Brock and
what ensues from it makes up much of the film’s plot.
There’s some new foes to conquer including a nasty black
suit - although, just as with Spider Man himself, nothing
is clear cut, and it’s hard not to feel a pang of sympathy
for the Sandman (played by Thomas Haden Church) when you see
his story. Keep an eye out also for the cameo from Spider-Man
creator Stan Lee.
With much of action created virtually, there are times when
the transition between the real and virtual worlds can be
a little jarring. And the film does veer into the cheese every
now and again: when Peter Parker allows his dark side to take
over - physically manifested here in the form of the black
suit - some of his resulting antics are a little on the ridiculous
Yet such issues don’t detract from the overall experience
and the over-riding message that indeed we do all have a choice.
The question which now remains for the Spider-Man franchise
is where to from here?
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