Spider-Man 3: Battle Within

Peter Parker finds himself inside a new suit as an alien symbiote bonds with the old red & blue. The new suit gives him more power, with the trade off of losing his identity through anger and revenge. Meanwhile, fugitive Flint Marko is fleeing from the cops for stealing money and murder. He stumbles into an experimental silo full of sand. An experiment gone wrong and we have the Sand Man, who is able to transmorph into any object by manipulating sand. And throw in the Green Goblin, who is still revenging his father’s death. And if that’s not enough, you’ve got Mary Jane whose tired of incessant praise of her boyfriend (Parker) and leaves him. Eddie Brock tries to usurp Parker’s job and eventually becomes Venom, when Spidey figures out that the new suit is going to work.

Family Friendliness
First off, the movie does have violence. You have super heroes fighting super villains, buildings falling apart crashing down on people. Venom is scary. There were a couple of shots involving guns. Some cops shoot at Sand Man while he is in sand form. There is a scene when Uncle Ben is murdered via a gun shot. There is no blood or wounds though. Furthermore, we see Peter strike Mary Jane.

There was also some sensuality. A few kisses. One particular scene in a jazz club has Peter lifting up his date’s (Gwen Stacey) leg in a provocative stance. Nothing is shown.

As far as language, Peter says “open the damn door” when he was wearing the black suit. And I believe the phrase “Get the hell out” was also used. Aside from this, I had no problems with the movie.

Overall, we felt it safe to allow our 5 year old watch the movie. Venom did not bother him in the slightest. We covered his eyes during the kissing and jazz scene. I saw the midnight preview and then took the family to go see it on Sunday afternoon.

Spiritual Paradigms
This was by far my favorite of the three movies. The greatest reason for my love of this movie was the detailed insight into the reality of sin. As Spidey gains his new suit, he realizes his powers are seemingly enhanced for a season. All the while, his character changes to the point of justifying his wrongful actions. He becomes increasingly violent, flirtatious, and hurts others emotionally with no regard. Then, there is a point of redemption, he realizes what the new suit has done to him and seeks redemption ridding himself of the black suit.

Sin does the same. It is sensual to say the least. We love having our pleasures fulfilled and show no regard for putting ourselves before others in a season of sin. But then we realize the cost and it is almost too much to bear. We seek redemption, to rid ourselves of the black suit to once again regain our true identity. Good stuff. 


6 thoughts on “Spider-Man 3: Battle Within

  1. Thanks for the details.  We’re planning to see it tonight and it’s good to know it’s suitable for our 14 year old.  I like the spiritual application too.  It’ll give us a talking point on the way home.

  2. For the most part — okay. Concerning sin, it is a whole lot better than the moral of the Hulk (if it feels good, smash things). Although, you won’t let Caedmon see a kiss, but violence is okay — is that consistent?

  3. Dann: (giving my answer to the question you asked Kevin 🙂 )We allow Caedmon to watch super hero/cartoon type violence for two reasons:1. It doesn’t scare him or bother him at all and he’s very capable of seperating fictional violence from real world violence.2. He doesn’t try to replicate the super hero/cartoon violence that he sees on tv and movies.If it scared him and/or if he tried to replicate the violence it we would absolutely restrict it. But, he seems to be mature enough to handle it.As far as kissing/sexual content goes…We feel that sexually suggestive content can have a really powerful, gripping effect on kids (especially boys) and we want to do everything in our power to keep him sheltered from that for as along as possible. What looks like a very innocent kiss to us, can stir up a lot of feelings in a little boy. I don’t want Caedmon to have to battle with those feelings before he is capable of understanding them and subsequently handle them correctly.

  4. I see your points, Amanda, but you should probably restrict Kevin’s superhero/cartoon violence — he is starting to have a hard time at work separating fantasy from reality : )

  5. Great review and great comment board conversation afterwards, too! I agree totally with you and your wife’s standards, Kevin. (I also love the tag team you guys have going there! I can tell that you are on the same page.)

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