The Stream: The middle got a little meh/boring/corny
The Big Screen: Spiderman fans’ dreams come to live action
The Final Bill: A big movie, executed very well with fanfare and sincerity– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comic book by)
Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Foxx, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Runtime: 2 hours
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Marvel Studios
Platform: Uncharted, Fantastic Beasts and where to Find them: The Secrets of Dumbledore, American Underdog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Morbius
It’s a big weekend in the Marvel world. Yes, the MCU continues its saga with Spider-Man: No Way Home. We’ve waited a long time for this movie to come out, and it’s finally here. Judging by the ticket sales and packed theaters, you may have already seen this movie. Let’s see what Tom Holland and crew have for us on this record-breaking weekend.
No Way Home is a continuation from where Far From Home left off. This review may contain some spoilers about the previous movies, but it’s nothing that you couldn’t get from the trailer. Check out the trailer below. Also, what’s wrong with you?! Why haven’t you seen the new iterations of your friendly neighborhood Spider-man? Shame on you! Anyway, you’re here now and it’s not too late to catch up on the MCU but, particularly, the Spider-Man trilogy with Tom Holland.
This third episode of Spider-Man just continues the hope that Disney and Sony can figure out these rights so that the MCU can have all of its necessary parts. Here, the viewer of this movie, whether fan or general audience member, can enjoy it. This movie has a nice but interesting mix of nostalgia and forward thinking. We get blasts from the past but also a story that mixes the current with the prospective future. This is clearly what Kevin Feige has been really good at with the phases of the MCU. No Way Home, strangely, had a similar Infinity War feel to it as well. There’s a culmination of the years of Spider-Man made into one cohesive story. The story as a whole isn’t that great but the execution was excellent. It takes you from the high of highs to the low of lows back up and down like a yo-yo. Plus, there are moments of legit comedy. For those that care, I can absolutely see you catching that thug tear in your eye at multiple moments throughout the movie. Ultimately, the end product just feels good and gives those who want to stay truer to the Spider-Man character hope and relief. This may sound very vague but it’s hard to not spoil this movie when it has so much excitement to it.
Now, the cast as a whole is huge. Disney has sooo much money to spend, it’s unreal. You have Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, and J.K. Simmons, in the cast and they aren’t even the main characters. This cast definitely has enough cash to find a way home. As a whole, there are many poignant and heartfelt moments led by Tom Holland and Zendaya. There are also a couple weird moments where you’ll feel awkward, but strangely enough, Spider-Man is supposed to be a bit awkward and offbeat; so, even when things aren’t working, IT STRANGELY WORKS. This movie just works. It’s Spider-Man to the multiverse max. Full of fanfare with the cast and the storyline and I’m sure there is more to come.
Long story short, this is no Miles Morales Spiderverse but for a live action sequel this is exactly what we deserve. Spider-Man: No Way Home while it somehow found a way to get a bit slow in the middle, the stakes in a single hero movie have never been bigger. The cast is huge. The stakes are huge. The impact on the MCU will be huge as well. Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is just a blockbuster you must see with a big box of fresh popcorn.