Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home


Peter (Tom Holland) is having a tough time after his identity is outed against his will. Worse, it's having effecting those closest to him, like MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) badly. He turns to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to see if he can cast a spell to make people forget Peter Parker is Spider-man, but it goes horribly wrong and suddenly people from various universes that know his identity are being pulled into Earth.

I can fully acknowledge that there are some holes in this story in order to make everything flight, but I don't care. I had SO much fun watching this. I haven't been this excited in a theater since Avengers: Endgame. It felt so good to feel the energy of a crowd like that again. This is a love letter to anyone who's been a fan of the Spider-man films. And not just the ones in the MCU continuity. It even took bits from other properties that I had issue with in the past, and made them work. It was just a joy to watch from start to finish.

Without going into spoilers, even though it's so tempting, while there's a lot of fun to be had here, there is some heavy stuff as well, including one of the most effective death scenes the MCU has ever done. 

Holland really gets to flex his acting chops with this one. We've already grown to love him as awkward Peter but he gets to do a lot more here. I loved how much of Peter's relationship with Ned, MJ, and May they showed. I was worried I would have a hard time buying Peter's issues with being known to the public, considering none of the other Avengers have secret identities, they made it very realistic.

I can't wait to see this again. This gave me everything I wanted.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "You gotta watch where you fall." - Electro (Jamie Foxx)

Comments

  1. I do want to see this again though... that death really did make me cry. I had so much emotions during that film but the way the crowd sounded during that film and the pops in the surprises. You just can't beat the film-going experience. I was worried that it would be another Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in how bloated they were. Thank goodness Jon Watts, the writers, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal chose to find a way to make things right and balance it.

    OK, I'm sure you saw what happened after the credits and... I know you must've lost your fucking mind over what got shown. I lost my shit as well. Oh man... it's so good to be a film buff.

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    1. Yes! I can't wait. I've read some (I'm assuming pre-reshoot) spoilers for the next Doctor Strange that I kind of hate, so I'm looking forward to something different lol

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    2. I know who is being added into the re-shoots but I have no problem with it. Besides, it has me hoping for someone else to be in the film given who is directing it.

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    3. I just don't want Wanda to be a villain because it makes all of her growth in Wandavision pointless.

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    4. I do not want Wanda to be the villain. What I want for her is to reunite with her sons, wait for Vision to sort himself out, and return to Westview where she chills for a bit and later go out for drinks with Dr. Christine Palmer, Monica, Yelena, Sylvie, and Kate Bishop as they also do some shopping! I'm sure Wanda has some stories about her time with Natasha that she can tell Yelena about.

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  2. I feel like they respected all the other movies that came before it. Like they respected it and they treated everyone nicely. And added a bit of self awareness into the mix.

    Loved it as well! Wanna see it more though not this year again cause... tears. Haha.

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    1. I agree! I especially love how they brought up Tobey's webs coming out of his body, something I always love that Raimi did. That scene was amazing.

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    2. That was the funniest scene! And a really natural bonding moment too. And it totally makes sense like, I don't get why he wouldn't have webs coming out of his body when spiders have that... :D

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    3. I know. but there's less ~drama~ because he never runs out.

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  3. My country was in lockdown, so cinemas opened only Friday last week and then everything was sold out and it took me until last Monday to finally go see it myself. Unfortunately, I had already been spoiled for or figured out about 80% of it myself, but it was still such a joy to watch. The nostalgia was real.
    I agree that there's quite a lot of story elements that don't work if you think about them for too long, but I also think they may have wanted to use this movie as a way to cut ties between the vast MCU universe and Sony. I know they're continuing to work together for more Spider-Man stuff, but I'm thinking more of Holland's involvement in the grand scheme of things. Maybe I'm overthinking this haha

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    1. I agree. This movie essentially gives them an out to do their own thing separate from the MCU. I wonder if they'll try to utilize Garfield again?

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    2. I can see Garfield being a huge draw! Not going to lie, he was one of my favorite parts of the movie (no disrespect to the others, especially Toby though), but I have no idea if they would.

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    3. I think so too. My biggest issue with Garfield as Spider-man was that I never bought him as a teenager, but he'd be a great Peter in his 30's, which is how I hope they use him.

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  4. I wasn't clamoring to see another Spidey movie but this one was SO good that it won me over. The three Spideys together still made me grin, there are so many funny lines and Andrew Garfield was the scene stealer!

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    1. He was! I adored them together. It was such a treat.

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