Without Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, the superhero boom we are currently experiencing in the cinema and on television would not have been possible. Especially the first two adventures with Tobey Maguire as a friendly spider from the neighborhood can be found regularly on the best lists of the genre. The third part is much less talked about.
Sure, Spider-Man 3 is not as perfect as its outstanding predecessor, which has become a symbol of the perfectly formed comic blockbuster over the past few years. Still, I never understood why the film is being punished so severely by many fans compared to the others. Please give him a second chance!
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The story of Spider-Man 3 continues seamlessly from the previous parts and begins with hopeful and romantic tones: Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally wants to propose marriage to his great love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Before he knows it, however, his past catches up with him.
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On the one hand, there is Harry Osborn (James Franco), who follows in his father's footsteps and takes on the identity of New Goblin. On the other hand, Flint Marco (Thomas Haden Church), who is responsible for the death of Peter's uncle, escapes from prison and rages through town as Sandman.
And then there's an eerie force crawling into Spider-Man 3 in the form of a black slimy mass. In the darkness of the night it looks harmless. Little by little, however, she takes possession of Peter Parker and transforms New York's radiant hero into a dark shadow that forgets itself.
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In many exciting points, Sam Raimi ties in with topics and motifs that are deeply anchored in the DNA of his Spider-Man trilogy, and thinks them logically ahead in the next step. This is what gives me the greatest attraction of the third part: It is a film about consequences with stremio prospect of a real end.
The franchise cinema piles one adventure on top of the other and defends itself with hands and feet against telling the end of a story. In Raimi's Spidey trilogy, one film emerges from the other and makes the journey of the individual characters understandable - especially in the final breaths of Spider-Man 3.
The focus on the triangle Peter, MJ and Harry turns the film into the greatest melodrama in modern superhero cinema. Spider-Man under Raimi has always been more than just a vehicle for spectacular action scenes and special effects. They are of course outstanding in all three parts, but what really moves you is the story.
Spider-Man 3 hosts many soulful scenes in which Raimi attentively works out the tragedy of the characters. In every encounter there is so much awareness of what has been experienced and the last big decisions that have to be made before the end. Even the most inconspicuous nuances come into their own in Raimi's well-considered staging. It's absolutely great.
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