Cast:Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sandman, Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May, Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, James Cromwell as Captain Stacy, Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence
Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and screenshots from Rotten Tomatoes. All belong to Sony Pictures.
Pros:Mary Jane is handled somewhat better this time.
Cons:The way the villains are handled. Several clueless or pointless characters. Waits too long to make the symbiote relevant. Emo Peter.
Things are looking up for Spider-Man. The public is starting to warm up to him a little more. Peter Parker is having worse luck, given that Mary Jane isn't exactly happy with him.
Since I was not a big fan of the first two movies, I watched this just to see if I'd have a totally different opinion from the popular one. The short answer is no, I didn't.
To her credit, Mary Jane isn't quite as annoying this time. Although Peter is kind of clueless and insensitive with his continuous comparison of her problems to Spider-Man's.
Aunt May is brought back, but she has little to offer besides sickeningly sweet stories and advice. And for some reason, they decided now is the time to introduce Gwen Stacy. After they've spent two movies establishing that Mary Jane is the love of Peter's life. Oh don't worry (sarcasm), she's just there to give Peter someone to flirt with to make MJ jealous.
One thing introduces here is the black suit. For those who don't know, this is actually a alien creature that possesses people and turns them evil. The problem is they wait until the movie is half over to actually have it take over Peter. And then there's the infamous emo sequence.
One thing that has been criticized about this movie a lot is the three villains. Harry Osborn has finally made his way to fighting Spider-Man, but then they make him forget stuff and try to redeem him.
Venom was a little cool, but he had the least amount of screen time. I don't particularly care for Topher Grace's acting either. Overall, on the villains, they could have just had Harry be the only bad guy, let the alien take over Peter, introduce Venom in the next movie, and leave Sandman out completely.
Overall, you can skip it and not miss much.
Sex:When under the symbiote's control, Peter checks out every woman he passes, often getting weird looks. At one point, it looks like he touches one of them on the butt. He hits on Betty Brant (promptly Jonah to tell them that's not the position they were hired for) and dances suggestively with Gwen to make MJ jealous. (Once Gwen realizes what's going on, she apologizes to Mary Jane and leaves, hurt.)
When Spider-Man's not possessed by the alien, he kisses a girl as a publicity stunt while he's upside down, which upsets Mary Jane ("That was our kiss!") and grosses out a little boy.
While holding a female captive, Venom makes a suggestive remark about his Spider-Sense tingling. Eddie claims to be dating Gwen, but one gets the hint it's mostly in his head. Harry and Mary Jane kiss, but she runs out afterwards. He tells her to break up with Peter or else he'll hurt him. Harry mocks Peter by telling him that he, unlike Peter, was there for her and that her kiss tastes like strawberries.
There are shirtless guys and a little cleavage. Aunt May recalls her husband was a knock-out in a bathing suit. When Brock is asked what that smell is, he replies Gwen Stacy.
Violence:Peter throws a bomb in someone's face, disfiguring him. A woman is trapped in a car suspended several hundred feet in the air. A man is impaled on Harry's glider. Harry grabs Peter off his scooter and attacks him. Someone is slammed into buildings repeatedly. New Goblin's weapon include bombs and robotic blades. A man falls and has to be hospitalized.
An experiment turns Flint Marko to sand, making his body turn into grains and fly apart. When he makes contact with water, his body gets muddy and falls apart. Spider-Man grinds his face against a train. A large metal beam smashes into a building and nearly kills several people. A dog tries to bite a man and is smacked away. Cops are punched out of the way by villains.
Spider-Man and Sandman get into a fight in a subway. Harry and Peter fight as well, crashing into glass and using blades. And then there's the jazz club fight. Venom beats someone with a pipe and shortly afterwards, gets a taste of his own medicine. Someone dies in an explosion. There's a flashback of Uncle Ben's death.
There's some drinking. J. Jonah Jameson is told to take medication. The way the symbiote affects its hosts can be compared to drug addiction.
Language:"G*d", "h*ll", "d**n", and "a**" are each used once or twice.
Spiritual:Eddie Brock enters a church, dips his fingers in holy water, and crosses himself. He prays for God to kill Peter. A man snaps if his enemy wants forgiveness, he should get religion.
So what did you think?
© 2014 by M.R.R.