Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 ★★★★

At its core, this is a film about healing, reconciliation, and self-improvement. It's still a superhero movie, and it's definitely still a Raimi spider-man movie, but it strikes a very careful balance between its introspective and explosive elements that makes it one of the most powerful and emotionally effective films of its kind. While Spider-Man 2 is about a literal identity struggle as Peter finds himself stuck between managing his personal and professional (if it can be called that) lives, Spider-Man 3 is about more of a relational identity struggle. Here, Peter is forced to reckon with all of the damage he has done to others and himself, as well as the looming cloud of darkness that is his uncle's death, which has been hanging over him for the past two movies. Both of these things manifest themselves in physical forms -- the former in the symbiote and the latter in sandman. They threaten to destroy the city that has slowly grown to love him. And, in defeating them, he not only saves the inhabitants of New York, but he saves himself from letting his past affect the future. All is forgiven, and he can still choose to do what's right.

"Whatever comes our way... whatever battle is raging inside us, we always have a choice."

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