Last Friday, I went to see “Spider-Man 3”, and apparently I wasn’t alone. It broke the box office record for its first day, raking in $59.3 million, breaking the $55.8 million record held previously by “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest”. It also broke the three day weekend record with $148 million, breaking the “Dead Man’s Chest” record of $135.6 million. Worldwide, it received $375 million, which means it not only matched its $258 million budget, but also gained a $117 million dollar profit. Not bad for an opening weekend!

All accounting aside, it was a good story. I thought it did a good job of continuing the saga of Peter Parker and his relationship with Mary Jane. It also did a good job of incorporating three villains into the story: Harry, Peter’s ex-best friend, who blames Peter for the death of his father; Sandman, who has resorted to a life of crime because of his accidental murder of Peter’s uncle and for helping his sick daughter; and Venom, who was an aspiring photographer for the Daily Bugle until Peter spilled the beans on one of his doctored photos, costing him his job and his girlfriend. A fourth villain may be Peter himself, as he is attacked by an alien virus-like substance, which takes control of him around the midpoint of the movie.

How can director Sam Raimi tie all these storylines together? By highlighting the concept of making good choices in relationships. I would say that the movie seeks to demonstrate that in relationships you must make choices for the good of the other, for failure to do so can destroy not only the relationship, but also yourself. As he becomes more successful, will Peter become more self-absorbed, or will he sacrifice himself for the good of Mary Jane? Will Harry forgive Peter, or will he be consumed by his revenge? Will Peter forgive Sandman, or will he seek to avenge his uncle’s death? Will Venom seek revenge against Peter, or will he forgive him?

I thought the movie was good. I recommend that you go see it. It definitely had the drama, action and humor that we’ve come to expect from Spidey. And, if I understood the message correctly, it may give us wisdom for handling our relationships well.

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