Review | Spider-Man No Way Home
“Spider-Man No Way Home is the best Spider-Man movie. It’s action-packed, fun and emotional. This movie is as big as it can get. I laughed, I cried, I cheered up. Tom Holland delivers a brilliant performance, reminding us why he is the best Spider-Man.”
Today is finally the day for many European countries to see Spider-Man No Way Home. It was my most anticipated movie of the year. I haven’t this excited for a movie since Avengers Endgame. The way Spider-Man Far From Home ended, I wanted to know what happened next. Plus, there have been so many rumors, you know the ones and the trailers revealed the return of iconic Spider-Man villains. How can you not be excited to see Green Goblin and the others again? So was this movie worth all the hype?
Of course, Spider-Man No Way Home picks up where we left off last time. I think it’s a great choice not to have an ellipsis because we can see the direct consequences of Mysterio revealing Spider-Man’s identity. It’s the first time it happens so it’s a pretty big deal. And for the story, it forces Peter to take his own responsibility in ways it didn’t happen before.
This movie deals with darker themes showing us another side of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. We see a more grown-up version of the character. I love how throughout Jon Watts’ trilogy we have seen the character evolve. So it’s the conclusion of a trilogy but it also opens new doors for more stories with my favorite Spider-Man. This movie carries a significant emotional weight even more so than in Spider-man Far From Home. I cried tears of sadness but tears of joy too. I cheered up, I laughed. It still maintains the usual Spider-Man humor we love so much. Spider-Man No Way Home has it all. Not only it is the best Spider-Man movie, but it’s also the best movie of the year as well.
I’m not going to talk spoilers but I do want to mention the villains because they were featured in the trailers. With the concept of Multiverse, it opened a lot of doors. The Disney Plus series introduced us to the classic concept from the comics. And this movie goes even further by bringing back iconic characters. I would have never thought to see Willem Dafoe again as Green Goblin. I’m blown away by this movie. Having seen what the MCU has done with the Multiverse so far, I think Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness is going to be absolutely insane (in all the good ways). It’s the best time to be a Marvel fan.
They don’t simply bring back iconic villains, they also add a twist to them. And that’s what is so good about it. It’s a continuation of their story in a way that is really rewarding. This movie is the culmination of everything we have seen before. It’s a celebration of almost 20 years of Spider-Man movies. But it’s not a nostalgia fest, it pays tribute to what came before while paving the way forward. That’s how you work with nostalgia.
And speaking of villains, I am so happy to see everyone again. They all get a little update that is appreciated. This time, Electro has a much better look. I loved Green Goblin’s costume in the Raimi trilogy but I think it needed some purple to be more comic-like. And this time, he has it. That character is the highlight for me. His actions scenes are the best. It’s really intense and scary. In all of his action scenes, I was literally on the edge of my seat. The other highlight is Doc Ock. I can’t see anyone else in the role.
The entire cast of Spider-Man No Way Home does a fantastic job. Benedict Cumberbatch gets to show us another side of his Doctor Strange which has me even more excited for what’s next! J.K. Simmons as JJJ is better than ever. And without the mask, Willem Dafoe gets to unleash the madness of Green Goblin even further.
As for Tom Holland, he delivers his best performance as Spider-Man yet. It’s a multi-layered performance and he reminds us why he is the best version of Spider-Man.
Spider-Man movies always have phenomenal special effects, I would even say some of the best visual effects in superhero movies and this time is no exception. The action scenes feel so real. I really felt transported into the movie. And the cinematography is also beautiful. There are several iconic shots!
Michael Giacchino is back with his amazing Spider-Man theme. It really stays in your head. His score for this movie is even better than what he did in the previous Spider-Man movies. And if you listen carefully, I’m sure you’ll hear some classic themes as well.
You need to avoid spoilers at all costs before seeing this movie because the surprise will be even better. The crowd reaction was as big as Avengers Endgame in my cinema, so I really recommend going in knowing only what you’ve seen in the trailers. And stay until the very end of the credits, you do not want to miss the post-credits scenes!
Spider-Man No Way Home is the best Spider-Man movie. It’s action-packed, fun, and emotional. This movie is as big as it can get. I laughed, I cried, I cheered up. Tom Holland delivers a brilliant performance, reminding us why he is the best Spider-Man.
Spider-Man No Way Home is distributed by Sony Pictures. It is now in cinemas in Europe, and on December 17 in the US.
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