In this third installment of the trilogy, we see the New Goblin, the Sandman, and the first sighting of the key Spider-Man super villain, Venom, an alien symbiote.
The New Goblin is the son of The Goblin, who died in previous movies, is out for revenge. The New Goblin and possibly a one other villain is enough for one movie. James Franco gave a terrific performance and being in more than one movie of trilogy allowed him enough time to develop as a character.
The Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) is a great character with a sad story but doesn't have enough time to develop.
Venom does not get the attention that he deserves. The film would have been better without Sandman, which would have allowed more time for Venom. Venom's background and motive are not really given much time. Topher Grace does a good job but, again, his character is not given time to develop.
Peter Parker is pleased that the city is finally starting to appreciate him as a hero, but everything changes when he learns that his Uncle's killer has escaped prison and he wants to find him. Peter's ex-best friend, Harry Osborn, is out for revenge on him because he believes that Peter killed his father, Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), whom we see in flashbacks. The alien symbiote attaches to Spidey's suit, bringing out Peter's darker side. On top of that, Peter wants to propose to Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is upset about her career and believes Peter is cheating on her. This is way too much story to try to cover in a 140-minute movie.
Tobey Maguire is his usual Peter Parker. I still think that he doesn't show enough emotion or facial expression but he is a little more animated when the alien attaches to him. Maguire can do worse but he can also do better.
Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), Rosemary Harris (May Parker), and J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson) all return as their respective roles, which is great, considering how difficult that is to do.
Bruce Campbell makes another guest appearance, as a French restaurant Maître d'. As usual, his scenes are hilarious.
The special effects are unbelievable, especially Sandman's effects. Venom looked good too but there could have been a little more. One problem is when Venom attaches to Brock, his teeth change but not when attached to Parker.
The sound and music are great but the explosions do get loud at times.
This is a good movie but not perfect. If you don't mind fast-paced action movies with underdeveloped stories, watch Spider-Man 3.