Spider-Man No Way Home Review: A Spectacular Marvel Film and a Amazing Cinematic Experience!
Spider-Man has had a major shift on film since swinging onto the silver screen in 2002. The iconic hero has had his share of cinematic adventures over the years and has even influence other movies like Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Recently the Web Swinger has swung into a different world since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along with having his films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the character has also played a part in the big blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War. Now the hero returns to the big screen and things come to ahead in the latest installment in the MCU: Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Directed by Jon Watts (who directed both Homecoming and Far From Home), No Way Home centers on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who, after having his secret identity revealed, seeks the help of the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). However, after a spell goes wrong, Peter comes face to face with enemies across the multiverse and has to correct his mistake before its too late. Development on this film has been secretive though, given the concept, this was not a surprising revelation. Regardless anticipation for this movie was at an all time high (even for this Film Adventurer). While I have had some reservations on Spidey’s time in the MCU, I must admit that Spider-Man: No Way Home is a true superhero spectacle.
Since appearing in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man’s time in the MCU has been (at least in my opinion) bittersweet. Seeing the Wall Crawler paired with the likes of Iron Man has been great, but it seems as though Spider-Man’s role is reliant solely on the MCU and this factor is even evident in the character’s own movies. However, in No Way Home, things are put into perspective. Jumping right back into where Far From Home left off, the plot does its best to balance the concepts of Spider-Man with the rest of the MCU and exceeds in this blend; and I believe this says much to the filmmakers’ tenure with the given material. This sense of storytelling also established a tone that was not only fitting for the Web Swinger but was refreshing for Marvel films as a whole. The conclusion of this astonishing tale was a finale that was intense, pleasing and satisfying to not just Spider-Man’s time in the MCU, but the character’s tenure on silver screen.
The cast of No Way Home was different from its predecessors, but very much appreciated. Tom Holland continues to make great strides in his portrayal as Peter Parker. Between the nuance in Spidey’s direction and the charisma in Holland’s performance, this take on the iconic hero finally comes into fruition and shows that Holland was the right man to don the red and blue tights. Along with Peter was friends Ned and MJ (Zendaya) who were both fun addition to the cast and provided the right dynamic to keep Peter grounded. In the case of the MCU alumni, Doctor Strange was handled better than I expected. The Sorcerer Supreme’s presence was well-balanced as his role was not overbearing but provided the right amount of support to leave an impression. As for other supporting players the likes of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) were enjoyable while the returning J.Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) was fine but lacked the impression that made the actor’s portrayal so iconic. However a superhero movie is only as good as its villain, and in the case of No Way Home the film had five. The inclusion of rogues like Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jaime Foxx) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) was impressive as each actor not only stepped back into their role fluently, but the interactions between this sinister group was refreshing to see. Last and not least this cast featured some surprising additions and these inclusions were, in many ways, show stealing and brought something amazing to this spectacular cast.
When it came to elements like effects and action, Spider-Man: No Way Home was a spectacle to behold. While some visuals were better than others, the effects were still efficient while the cinematography gave the movie a creative flare. In the case of action this superhero movie had plenty to offer with sequences fitting for any blockbuster and fight scenes riddled with nuance. Rounding things out was none other than the music by Michael Giacchino. Giacchino has composed the Web Head’s music since Homecoming and has brought a energetic sound to the series. In the case of No Way Home, the music was grandiose in nature and not only encompassed the themes of Spider-Man but was acted as a true homage to the entire franchise.
It may have been a sticky road but the new Spider-Man has finally come into own in No Way Home. Between the balanced storytelling and astounding ensemble, this movie was a much a dynamic entry in the MCU as it was a stellar blockbuster. The web this film weaves creates endless possibilities for the Spider-Man franchise and it makes this Film Adventurer all the more excited to see where the series swings off to next. Whatever the future may hold, Spider-Man: No Way Home cements its legacy by being one the MCU’s best, a solid entry in the Spider-Man franchise and a true cinematic experience to close out the year.