Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home ★★★★

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is already an iconic movie. I don’t think there’s any question of why this film had such a massive amount of hype following it’s every move until it’s release date which was marked on calendars across the world, through the excitingly mysterious and controversial marketing the film presented itself as having practically everything fans of Spider-Man would want. Fortunately this film widely lived up to those high expectations from the millions who were anticipating it and just within the past few days has already sky rocketed to a spot as one of the most memorable superhero films ever made that’s reception from audiences is overwhelmingly positive. As of right now this film holds a spot in IMDb’s top ten highest rated films, that’ll probably change within the next few weeks as more see it but still wow, and has an impressive 4.4 average score here on Letterboxd so if that doesn’t prove it’s on a fast track to capturing a placement as one of the superhero sub-genre’s most iconic feats I don’t know what will. Now unlike a good deal of people I don’t feel this film is fantastic or amongst the best superhero films due to some issues that frequently bugged me I nonetheless believe it to be the strongest MCU film since Endgame and there’s no denying that seeing it in theaters makes for one heck of an exhilarating experience. No matter what your opinion on this film is the fact that it’s significantly helping the path Dune began paving to saving theaters is something to celebrate too. I don’t care what type of film it is but as long as it’s bringing in large amounts of people back to theaters I’m happy. Luckily the film that’s gone above and beyond in exceeding the task of helping the cause of saving theaters from the dent COVID left is a great blockbuster that deserves all the attention. 

The plot is great it’s an exciting and engaging story. It’s by far the most emotionally charged story set in the MCU as these characters we’ve come to love through the past two films in this trilogy find their lives changed because of the leak of Spider-Man’s identity and then are faced with the most significant conflicts presented in the franchise yet. The way the story incorpores the teenage side of Parker that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby always made sure to do may have not had the best execution in my opinion but I can certainly appreciate that vision they slipped. I think what made this story stand out the most was how it takes the iconic “with great power comes great responsibly” motto and blends all the emotional essence of the story excellently to fit with a theme that when we think of the character Spider-Man we think of. 

Also seeing all the older villains and two other spider-men back was simply mind blowing, I’m still having a hard time wrapping around the fact that this MCU film literally features characters from completely different movie studios in it. There’s a handful of flaws with the story the biggest ones being that the whole first act to me felt too loose and a little inconsistent especially compared to the great second and third acts. Also there’s a couple of rips in the plot left open such as the one about how Ned is all of a sudden magic, I’m fine with that he’s a great character but I’d very much like to know how he’s suddenly making portals. The pacing is great since it’s such an exciting story there isn’t a lot of slow or boring moments. 

The acting is great Tom Holland gives a great performance. He gives what just may be one of the best performances in the MCU because of how emotion and care he was able to convey through this story that further focuses more on his Peter Parker’s arc. I love the two other Spider-Man but Holland’s may just be my favorite. Zendaya and Jacob Batalon give great performances as the very memorable supporting characters to Spider-Man. Benedict Cumberbatch is always great as Doctor Strange but I thought his performance and character in general was a little off in this film. Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei give great supporting performances as well. Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire give fantastic performances as they bring back their iconic roles in full force. Their reveal is one for the ages and will always be an immensely mindblowing scene.

The direction is good from Jon Watts, like most directors apart of the MCU his directorial choices all felt influenced by the studio and he’s never given a chance to truly share his vision but the slightly stylish hold he has on the characters has it’s moments to shine. The script is good there was a strong chance it could have turned out being your typical MCU script but this one actually works well and pretty much succeeds at attempting to go more into layered tones and messaging. The cinematography is great this film surprised with how many fresh and, at least for the MCU, unique shots it presented in the spotlight while also balancing the more safer shots that nonetheless capture this type of story very well. It’s not action cinematography at the level of greatness other recent action films such as No Time To Die display but for the MCU it’s certainly some of the best the studio has to offer.

The visual effects are quite phenomenal especially during the third act. The action sequences are all incredibly exciting and compelling with each giving the characters featured in battle enough time to showcase their abilities and maintain the audience’s attention. The battle at the Statue of Liberty is one for the ages. The comedy isn’t all that hit or miss this time around because most of the jokes and gags actually worked really well at being funny. In terms of the Oscars while out of the four MCU films that came out this year I think Shang Chi has the strongest chance of appearing at the awards with a Best Visual Effects nomination I could see this film slipping especially because of how popular it’s going to continue to be. The ending is a bittersweet ending that left me more excited than ever to what’s in store for Spidey. Overall Spider-Man: No Way Home is a very well executed superhero film that’s practically everything fans of Spider-Man could want, it’s certainly one of the best MCU films the studio has to offer. 

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