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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

by Joe Joe

Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

One of Marvel and Sony's best

Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

One of Marvel and Sony's best

Spider-Man

SPOILERS. I’m going to start this review by saying that I haven’t been a fan of the Tom Holland Spiderman films. While not being bad, I don’t think they’re good either. The first two Tobey Maguire Spiderman films and Into The Spiderverse are the best. Andrew Garfield films and Tobey’s Spiderman 3 are the worst. Holland’s films fit right in the middle for me. I do think that both Tobey and Garfield are better than Holland. To me, Holland hasn’t been Spiderman. He’s always been Iron Man Junior. Until now.

Spiderman:  No Way Home is essentially all about Holland’s Spiderman finally becoming the Spiderman we all know and enjoy. It takes a lot of effort in this movie to happen, but it’s all pretty worth it. This movie isn’t perfect, but it is one of Marvel and Sony’s best theme park rides.

Starting immediately after Far From Home, the world now knows that Peter Parker is your friendly neighborhood Iron Man Junior. They believe him to be a criminal thanks to Alex Jones, I mean, J. Jonah Jamison played once again by an underused JK Simmons.   Peter Parker and his girlfriend Michelle and boyfriend Ned are in the public eye now and cannot get into college because of it. It’s as if they’ve been doxxed, and I’m sure that if this were the real world, people would’ve moved on from this story after a week, and they probably would’ve got into college eventually anyway, but this is the Marvel/Sony world and that’s fine.

Peter eventually asks Dr. Strange for help, and he decides to do a spell to make the world forget who Spiderman is. Of course, it goes wrong, and it creates a rift in the multiverse where past villains from other franchises come into the world and cause destruction. It’s a straightforward story, but it does a fantastic job juggling every character in this movie.

We first get the terrific Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock from Spiderman 2 and then the best villain of all the Spiderman franchises, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin. More show up, and it’s up to Spiderman, his friends, and Dr. Strange to capture them and then send them back where they came from. During all of these early scenes, I was kind of checked out. It started as a 5 out of 10 because I wasn’t digging the story, characters, and especially the humor, but I’m happy to say that it got way better.

The turning point to greatness happens when Spiderman wants to “cure” the villains before they are sent back. Either by getting rid of their evil powers or helping their minds. It works in this movie which surprised me. We get great little scenes with specific villains that make fun of the past movies a little bit. There’s an amusing scene where Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Electro (blueless Jamie Foxx) talk about how they were created. It might be too fan fiction at times, but I don’t care since it’s entertaining.

All of the action scenes are excellent. My favorite was the fight sequence between Holland and Dafoe at the apartment complex because it looked the most realistic and brutal. These action scenes serve the story as well. The apartment complex sequence ends with Aunt May’s unexpected death. Holland shows his acting chops here, and I can finally say that Spiderman is in good hands. I always found Holland too whiny and uninteresting, but he is given much better depth here. It helps that they ditch a lot of the supporting characters from the previous Holland Spiderman films since they always felt like dead weight to me. Michelle and Ned are fine, and I don’t have a problem with them this time around.

With Holland now lost and Marisa Tomei (love her) being missed, his best friends are able to bring both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire together via Dr. Strange’s magic, and the theater collectively lost their shit. The marketing erased these guys from the trailers, and I initially thought that Marvel/Sony would screw it up if they showed up, but guess what? Marvel/Sony succeeded. I was troubled with how they handled Quicksilver in Wanda Vision, so I figured it would be similar to that, but there is so much respect and love for these other Spiderman franchises. They also don’t mind poking fun at them, whether it be Tobey’s busted back or Tobey and Holland repeatedly saying that Garfield is “amazing.”

It all culminates in a final fight with all three Spidermen fighting against all the villains, and it’s pure cinema gold. Tobey is still my favorite Spiderman, and Holland is finally growing on me, but Andrew Garfield steals the show. It pisses me off how much Sony screwed Garfield over his unbelievably bad movies. He was always a great Spiderman, but I was shocked at how much he acted circles around EVERYBODY in this movie. Bravo. Some people complained that Tobey was phoning in it, but don’t listen to those people. Tobey was a veteran who has seen it all as Spiderman, so he is not going to be as emotional as his fellow Spidermen. Both him and Garfield end up helping Holland very much by guiding him with their past experiences that will help him further down his life. Pretty genius.

The ending is questionable. To send back the villains, Dr. Strange has to unleash the spell where everyone forgets Peter Parker. Peter allows the spell to occur, and it does what Dr. Strange says it does. My problem with that is what about all of the evidence showing Peter Parker existed? Pictures, birth certificate, Yearbook photos, passport, credit cards, streaming service accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, Tumblr, Youtube, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Reddit, Pinterest, Linkedln??? Maybe it will get explained in the next one, but this allows Holland to become the amazing Spiderman.

Would I watch it again? Definitely, this film has a crappy first act, but once it gets to that apartment complex with all the villains, it’s pretty damn great. Holland and Garfield are the highlights. The action and overall idea are clever, and they work. They were finally able to make a successful Spiderman movie with a plethora of characters. It is not boring at all either. Sony needs to make Amazing Spiderman 3 with Garfield and do it right this time.

 

EDITORS NOTE: I complained that Tobey phoned in his acting. I want to point out that Joe is biased in his love for Tobey. I cannot even count the numerous times he said if there is no Tobey, this movie will suck. I’m sorry I spoke poorly of his man crush. I stand by my opinion. 

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