Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spider-Man 3

Last spring, Spiderman 3 was one of the most-talked-about-upcoming-sequel-releases in our house. Most-talked-about, but maybe not the most-looked-forward-to. After our experiences with the first two of the trilogy we weren’t expecting this one to be any better, if not worse. Last May I walked into the theater with a friend, shortly after the movie had opened expecting to see an okay/average movie. I guessed that it might be cool to see the special effects, and see all the action, as you can always count on in Marvel productions, but that the movie overall was not going to be that great. Two hours later I exited the doors into the night air totally blown away - in a good way! Spiderman 3 had by far bested it’s prequels in quality, morals, and overall story-line. Not only had I enjoyed the action-packed movie, but it actually had good lessons taught in it, AND it was extremely clean.

The movie’s overall story-line was well put together, and it actually seemed like it was going somewhere. Some of the messages in the movie were: 1. Revenge is wrong, 2. A man needs to be able to sacrifice for his wife, and not be selfish, 3. Everyone has done wrong things, 4. Forgiveness, and, 5. Self sacrifice.

1. The alien symbiote that falls to earth early in the movie is actually the picture of revenge. Peter Parker learns who really killed his Uncle and suddenly has a surge of hatred towards the culprit and wants revenge (Matt. 5:43-44 says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…,”). At the same time, the black, rubbery symbiote possesses his suit, turning it black. Whenever
Spiderman wears his newly-colored suit, it gives him a good feeling, one of power and strength.
What it shows to the viewer is that revenge feels good. It also pointed out that at times, revenge is what we want more than other things. Peter several times chose to wear the black suit over wearing his old one; even after his physics professor examined a sample of the symbiote, and warned that the symbiote needed to bond to a host to survive and that if Peter touched it, it would be hard to unbind.
Peter Parker’s life begins to go downhill after he begins to wear the black suit, because the “revenge” completely changed him inside and out; it literally consumes him, which is what the suit finally ends up doing. (Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”). Spiderman does overcome the revenge/black-suit in the end, but it is extremely hard for him. This shows that revenge can consume those who harbor it in their heart and person, and is very difficult to defeat, or “cast off”.

2. As in each movie, Aunt May always has some good words for Peter. This time it was: “A man has to be understanding, and put his wife before himself. Can you do that Peter?”

3-4. One of my favorite quotes from the movie is in one of the last scenes as Peter Parker is talking with Flint Marco and learns the truth about his uncle’s Death. Peter finally realizes he is just as guilty of wrongdoings as the Sandman. Spidey finally says, “I’ve done terrible things too…I forgive you….” (Matt. 6:14 says, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you…,”)(Luke 6:37, “…forgive and you will be forgiven…;”)

5. Harry is a good picture of sacrifice throughout the movie. I won’t go into depth about that, though, because it gives too much of the story away. The picture of revenge is also reflected in Harry throughout the story as he is filled with a desire to kill Peter. His forgiveness in the end of the movie saves Peter’s life.

Overall, on a scale from 1-10, I would give it an 8. It had a lot of good morals; the movie was extremely clean, for a PG-13 movie. There were only a couple of swear words, and no nudity or bed-scenes of any sort. Clothing was modest. And the special effects were totally amazing! Plus the action scenes were well put together, and carried out! I would very much recommend watching this movie (but not under-11 year-olds because I don't think they could handle all of the action and scary images)!

Some of my favorite quotes from the movie:

Aunt May: “It isn’t for us to say whether a person deserves to live or die.”
Aunt May: “Uncle Ben meant the world to us, but he wouldn’t want us living one second with revenge on our hearts. It’s like a poison. It can take you over, before you know it, turn you into something ugly…”

Peter Parker: “I’ve done terrible things too…. I forgive you.”

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence

This post was written by: J.Dub

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