Spider-Man: No Way Home Review – Amazing, Spectacular, Astonishing, Sensational, Avenging, Superior
I honestly do not want to say anything about this movie, because my mind is in a Tangled Web of the Unlimited words I can use to describe this movie. There’s also so much I want to say but can’t in this Spider-Man: No Way Home review. Oh, what a blissful curse it is to be caught in the Web of Spider-Man: No Way Home review writers. It isn’t the first Marvel (k)Night of writing about Spider-Man, and luckily it won’t be the last.
If you don’t get what just happened there, I masterfully worked in the different Spider-Man comic book titles into a functional and apt paragraph for the readers’ Untold Tale of Spider-Man. Boo-yah! But let me get into my Spider-Man: No Way Home review.
Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up immediately after Spider-Man: Far From Home with J. Jonah Jameson outing Peter Parker as Spider-Man. The world now believes he is the cause of the destruction and chaos in London and that he killed Quentin Beck/Mysterio. This greatly affects Peter’s life, and those he is closest to. In an attempt to not burden everyone Peter approaches Doctor Strange for help. Strange has a spell that could make everyone forget. As Strange is casting the spell, Peter asks Strange to alter it and allow certain members to remember. Sadly, Peter continually adds to the list and causes the spell to go awry and cause some breaks in the multiverse. This break in the multiverse brings villains from other Spider-Man franchises into this one, and leaves Peter, along with Dr. Strange, MJ, and Ned to return them back to their worlds.
I’m just going to dive right in, Spider-Man: No Way Home is an absolute masterpiece. In terms of impact level, it is in the same realm as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. In terms of the best overall Marvel movie, Infinity, Winter Soldier, and No Way Home will forever be in the discussion. In terms of the best Spider-Man movie, it will be in the same breath as Spider-Man 2. In my personal opinion, it is the best, but only because it builds on the legacy of everything.
No Way Home is the first Phase 4 film to feel connected to the previous phases. While WandaVision and Hawkeye do also carry the story post Endgame and the Blip, this Spidey movie is the first film to truly do so. Black Widow was pre-Infinity War and also felt like it should have happened in Phase 2 or early Phase 3. Shang-Chi is a great stand-alone and origin story. And Eternals feels like it will pay off later. Spider-Man no way home carries the full weight of all that came before it and goes all in.
I will not be talking much, and definitely nothing specific, about the film’s story. Just know it continues from the previous film, carries the weight and legacy of the MCU, and is absolutely fantastic. It is incredibly well written, and fully captures what most have come to know and expect of Spider-Man.
Performances, everyone is magnificent. Tom Holland is truly Peter Parker and Spider-Man. No Way Home gives Holland the opportunity to play the full range and depth of the character. It is difficult to go much deeper without giving anything away, but the Spider-Man and Peter we get in this movie cuts deep into the hearts of the movie fans and will activate the Spidey Senses most familiar to comic book fans.
Zendaya and Jacob Batalon have my favorite outings as MJ and Ned yet. They both get to be the guys in the chair and also get to do some stunt work. The opportunities to show they are more than just students with relationships with Peter are explored and add numerous layers of heart, soul, and comedy to the characters and the film. The relationship of the trio has become the defining feature of this trilogy, and it is unequivocally at its peak in this film.
Marissa Tomei delivers a truly powerful performance as Aunt May. Because of her, you get why Spider-Man is the hero that he is. It makes sense, unlike some other hero movies where they have truly terrible parents. Parents so terrible they tell who would become the world’s greatest hero to let a bus full of children die ruining the logic and heart of the movie. Marissa Tomei does the opposite of that.
Benedicts Cumberbatch and Wong and Jon Favreau play their parts perfectly. They deliver the support, comedy, and grounding that the film and audience need. While their parts don’t necessarily warrant in-depth coverage, they own the scenes they are in and will be universally adored by the viewers.
The villains have tremendous performances. I will be covering them, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, and the other two, as a unit to not divulge anything. Granted many already know who plays Lizard and Sandman, but as I don’t see public records or any footage/pictures making it official, I won’t be the one to do so. The villains are terrifying, ruthless, but understood. There’s a reason audiences love these villains and there’s a reason they are back. If you have watched the interviews from around the web with Tom Holland talking about his fight scene with a particular villain. He is not overselling in the slightest.
One aspect that this film has over most other superhero films is the fight scenes. The choreography is stellar without a doubt, and it is always incredible seeing Spidey use his abilities in his signature style. I feel Marvel is truly the best at giving each hero a unique and trademark style that other franchises never quite get right. But what No Way Home packs into every punch, that is done superiorly well, is infusing deep emotion into the battles. Each blow not only lands physically but directly to the soul. It’s been done, but never to this level. The fights are brutal physically and emotionally and will resonate with the audience long after the after-credit scenes.
I feel obligated to address the leaks, and fan theories. They are all right and wrong. Knowing or not knowing them ahead of time will not matter. The feeling and impacts of confirmation and subversion watching the film will completely overflow the “knowledge” people may or may not have. The wells of emotions the film fills audiences with will make all theories and leaks trivial. However, a spoiler could diminish joy.
On a very personal note, this film gave me a movie moment that feels like a culmination of my Spider-Man fandom, personal, and professional lives that I guarantee no one else of the hundreds of other press members had. It was so deeply profound and personal, and I can guarantee not one person in that theater got it. I can also guarantee no one enjoyed the film as much as I did because I was literally the only one laughing in that 184 person occupancy IMAX theater. This is not a comparison or a dig at anyone, just a moment of pure gratitude on my part. A moment where so many facets of my life intersected and reflected upon me in the biggest movie in the world. It’s a moment I will cherish until my memory fades or I stop taking breathe. Also, it’s why I justify my review score with no remorse or hesitation.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is an Amazing, Spectacular, Astonishing, Sensational, Avenging, Superior film. The film fully carries the iconic legacies that precede it and swing it forward. Jon Watts, the producers, and the entire team crafted a film that transcends generations and worlds. The gravity of that is reflected by the journey of Spider-Man in the film, and brought to life by Tom Holland’s and the rest of the cast’s performances. The excitement everyone who is eagerly waiting to watch the film pales in comparison to the excitement they will have after watching it. For the sheer web of magnificence, the film is, my Spider-Man: No Way Home review gets a 5/5.
Spider-Man: No Way Home releases exclusively in theaters on December 17, 2021, with early showings on December 16. When are you going to watch the movie? What are your fan theories that hope come true? Would you Venmo me for spoilers? Tell us what you think in the comments, hit me up on Twitter, or Tweet at us with any nerd thoughts.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review
Spider-Man: No Way Home is an Amazing, Spectacular, Astonishing, Sensational, Avenging, Superior film. The film fully carries the iconic legacies that precede it and swing it forward. Jon Watts, the producers, and the entire team crafted a film that transcends generations and worlds. The gravity of that is reflected by the journey of Spider-Man in the film, and brought to life by Tom Holland’s and the rest of the cast’s performances. The excitement everyone who is eagerly waiting to watch the film pales in comparison to the excitement they will have after watching it.