“Spider-Man 3”

The third movie in the series has more good life lessons.

Yesterday, on our day off, we went to see Spider-Man 3. We enjoyed the movie, and thought it was very well done. We read in a local paper that the movie earned a $100 million profit in its first six days (internationally), and it was a very expensive movie to make! Amazing. After the movie’s second weekend at the box office, the movie has earned more than $252 million, putting it at #54 on the all-time ticket sales totals list (previous Spider-Man movies are currently at #7 and #10).

The Spider-Man movies, based on the comic book series by Stan Lee, have had some great quotes and lessons. The first movie included the great statement, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Here are some lessons we saw in the third movie (feel free to add lessons you heard in the comments section) …

Every villain and super hero in this movie had to make a choice between good and evil. In fact, the movie’s tagline is “The Battle Within.” Peter Parker (Spider-Man) had his own battle between good and evil. The villains Sand-Man, Venom, and New Goblin (Peter’s friend Harry) also each had to make their own choices for good or evil in this movie. Peter says, “Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice.”

There’s also a great message about forgiveness. At one point, Peter Parker (in a time of choosing evil) says to Eddie Brock (Venom), “If you want forgiveness, go find religion.” Elsewhere his Aunt May encourages him, “Start by doing the hardest thing. Forgive yourself.” Peter’s girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson (M.J.) says, “We’ve all done terrible things to each other, but we have to forgive each other. Or everything we ever were will mean nothing.” Toward the end of the movie, Peter says to one of the villains who killed his uncle (in the first movie), “I forgive you.” (You can read more quotes from the movie at IMDB.com.)

It’s worth seeing. Again, feel free to comment here on any lessons or reactions you had to the movie.

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