Spider-Man: No Way Home
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch.
This is a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In the last two decades since Tobey Maguire first donned the red-and-blue costume, we’ve had eight live-action Spider-Man movies, making Peter Parker one of the most prolific superheroes out there. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man turns 20 next year, and it’s a reminder of how long cinema has been obsessed with New York’s friendly neighborhood web slingshot.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a movie meant to do many things. It is the third film in the Jon Watts-directed MCU trilogy of Spider-Man films, concluding a storyline for Tom Holland’s incarnation of Peter Parker. It’s a direct sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home and picks up where the 2019 film’s cliffhanger credit scene left off. It is the continuation of the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe and its “phase four” storyline. And to put it in simple terms, it’s a tribute to the past 20 years of Spider-Man movies.
The story begins by revealing Parker’s identity. He goes to his fellow Avengers Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asks for his help. But things don’t go as planned. The spell breaks open the multiverse, leaving the villains from Sony’s previous five Spider-Man films spanning nearly two decades: Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe, who reprises his role as Spider-Man), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina, Spider-Man), Man 2), Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church, Spider-Man 3), Lizard (Rhys Ifan, The Amazing Spider-Man), and Electro (Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a very good movie. Not just a good superhero movie, as it’s by far the best in the genre, but just a beautiful piece of Hollywood Christmas movie. It’s a classically entertaining filmmaker Jon Watts who is on par with some of the prolific mainstream storytellers who pour action/emotion onto the screen and use some of the best VFX, giving viewers moments of celluloid joy. To top it all off, Tom Holland plays the superhero to perfection. He brings the right amount of emotion between the meta moments and anchors the film.
Comic book lovers will go crazy for this movie. But even for someone who has never read a comic book, this is a really enjoyable experience, a great popcorn movie with lots of humor, action, romance, great VFX and the only thing that sets a good movie apart: a good story. A special mention for the action scenes that will ensure that the audience will not be able to take their eyes off the screen at any time. The closing act is of epic proportions, something we’ve only seen in the ‘Avenger’ movies.
Spiderman’s Uncle Ben once told him, “With great power comes great responsibility,” which became iconic dialogue and somehow it fits so perfectly into this movie. Join as Spider-Man: No Way Home is not only a captivating, thrilling ride, but also a celebration of Spidey fandom. A moving adventure and an emotionally gripping drama, it is sure to thrill you in just the right way. There were some audible sighs of joy and a few tears among the audience when I saw it. It’s a perfect movie for a family outing this holiday season
NOTE: Stay all the way through the credits for two additional scenes, which are probably the longest post-movie scenes in the MCU unit, and your jaw will drop for sure.
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