Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee
Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is a film I am writing this introduction having not seen it. So from what I can gather from the trailers, we have picked up immediately after the events of ‘Far From Home’, and now Dr. Strange is involved helping Peter secure his secret identity. But because Peter won’t stop talking during the spell, a real multiverse has opened up, featuring villains from the previous two Spider-Man franchises, in the MCU ready to take on this new world. Will Spider-Man be able to save the universe or will he have altered reality forever, along with unleashing some of his most deadly villains?
CAUTION: FROM THIS POINT I HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE, THIS WILL BE BRIEF & SPOILER-FREE
It is 11:30pm, and I am chugging a redbull to get this non descriptive review to you good people. I am pleased to report that No Way Home is an incredible Spider-Man film. Tom Holland gives his best performance as Spider-Man & Peter Parker and puts to rest any doubt that he was born for this role. The returning cast of Zendaya and Jacob Batalon are both wonderful as MJ and Ned. Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau also return as the “Couple” and they are also terrific in their scenes. This film is stacked with an incredible cast and there are a number of people to shout out, but Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and his interactions with Peter were very strong and I loved seeing their dynamic in working together without Tony Stark.
Now let’s talk about the new “Old” cast of returning villains. All of them are wonderful in their own ways, but the standout absolutely is Willam Dafoe. I won’t detail more than this to avoid spoiling people who may not even know who else is returning as the villains that’s been shown in trailers. But I have to say Dafoe is incredible as The Green Goblin. I loved that he returned, and he is a genuine formidable opponent to Spider-Man. J.K. Simmons is of course the angry man we know and love, but they give him some new things to play with about his character that I thought worked well with bringing him into the MCU.
You’ll be getting some of the best action sequences in any of the Spider-Man films, maybe even any Marvel film. I loved the tone this film had, still balanced with what we know, Spider-Man is maturing in front of our eyes on screen and the performance by Tom Holland is astounding. The pacing is a little off and there’s a lot to set up, but it’s a beautiful mess turned into a pure Spider-Man story. Director Jon Watts has truly captured this Spider-Man trilogy with John Hughes inspiration, and it is the strongest Spider-Man trilogy to date. Never has there been more excitement leading into the next Spider-Man films future than right now. This is one I highly recommend.