Going to Spider-Man: No Way HomProbably fans who follow the movie news on a daily basis they have a feeling that they have understood everything. And they are somewhat right. The trailers made it very clear that after shocking ending Spider-Man: Far from home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will ask Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell to make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man. Then the villains from the previous one go wrong Spider-Man movies appear. It’s all true.
However, what you don’t know is why this is happening, how it’s being handled, and what it has to do with Peter Parker becoming a better Spider-Man. And in those goals, director Jon Watts and his team they found a way to make this Spidey story heartbreaking, more character-focused and, also, more fun than you imagine. Sometimes it can get too involved in the story, but in general, Spider-Man: No way home is an absolute explosion. They will make you laugh, cry and smile from ear to ear.
[Note: This article will do its very best not to spoil anything but if you want to go in not knowing anything, it’s best to go away now. Vague implications about the events of No Way Home are necessary to explain what we did, and didn’t, like about the film. So, just in case…]
No way home pick up right where Far from home interrupted, with J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) releasing a news clip revealing that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. In an instant, Peter’s world turned upside down. Suddenly he is the most famous person in the world and the film portrays this from a variety of perspectives and perspectives, from Peter’s teachers and classmates, to friends, family, strangers and even heroes. Seeing so many different people change their perception of Peter is one of No way home‘s first and very welcome surprise. It challenges you to put yourself in Peter’s shoes and fight the trauma he suffers on a daily basis.
Peter’s trauma continues after he asks Dr. Strange for help and things go horribly wrong. And yet, again, it’s not solved in as simple a way as you might expect from a trailer. Remember, many of these characters in which Peter meets No way home—like Norman Osborne / Green Goblin Willem Dafoe and Otto Octavius / Doc Ock Alfred Molina — they are incredibly smart. He won’t show up in an alternate universe and just, be an asshole. After arriving from their universes for the first time, of course, they want to kill Spider-Man – but soon after, those motives change and change, in a fun and terrifying way. The conflict doesn’t just exist between Peter and his new known-yet-not-yet-enemies, leading to moments where, for the first time in his tenure as Spider-Man, Hollande’s Parker can act and make important decisions of his own making rather than in the service mentoring figures.
This in turn means we can see Peter spending more time with his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Everyone here has a very expanded role, as Peter has his own plan for the villains and needs friendly support. But none of them are just for driving. Each of them in their own unique way helps Peter to improve the plot with some unexpected twists that range from fun and exciting to completely depressing. And so, you have Peter, Ned, MJ and Aunt May dealing, as seen in the trailers, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electra (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (previously played by Thomas Haden Church) and Lizard (previously played by Rhys Ifans) with Doctor Strange and others also in the mix.
That’s about it right now No way home that the story itself begins to take over the characters. With more villains to fight, and Peter has his family and friends with him in the fight, there just isn’t much time, at least in the second act, for Peter to stop and really grapple with what he’s facing. He just works and works and doing. for a while, No way home it feels like it’s straying from the course, and in turn it’s a little less striking or clever than the franchise has been in the past. He begins to rely too much on the news of seeing all these villains on screen again, doing things similar to what we saw in their original films.
Fortunately, as the film reaches its climax No way home rights, and really starts to fly. Last hour from No way home can finish rank side by side the Avengers movies in terms of exciting and satisfying Marvel Cinematic moments. There are moments of not only great laughter and greater excitement, but also chances for the characters to redeem themselves and convey important lessons to our hero. It’s not just a scene or two in a larger grand finale – it’s a long, chunky piece of film filled with hints, nods, payouts and touching respect. The third act of No way home it made me cry happy tears, cry sad tears, and literally cheer in the theater, and if you’ve ever loved any version of Peter Parker in a movie over the years, you probably will too.
However, in another exciting turn, all this pomp and circumstances of the third act do not end as a real treat Spider-Man No Way Home. Of course, it’s great to make fans feel like they’re celebrating film history of the character in the last twenty years, but this is still Tom Holland’s third film Spider-Man trilogy, and in fact it all comes down to what Spider-Man makes this story. In those who answer these questions, No way home throws him out of the park again, with decisions made that will surely be controversial, but cause an emotional shock that leads to a strong end and something that looks like a whole new beginning for this version of the character. None of this would have worked if it weren’t for Tom Holland’s performance. No way home is by far his most dynamic work in this character, and Holland breaks it down. And he’s not the only one who succeeds – famous enemies and friends alike get some knockout performances, and Dafoe stands out among the villains, enjoying a return to Norman Osborne.
The MCU’s view of Peter Parker has been on a pretty road track these last few years. He defeated Vulture, Mysteria, fought Thanos, was stunned and saved the world, all the while trying to get through high school with grades good enough to enroll in college. Spider-Man: No way home brings together this wild ride in an extremely ambitious film, even one that is almost too big for its own good as it struggles to balance its wide lineup of characters and its life story. Fortunately, in a large-scale adventure on choosing Peter Parker as a hero to justify part of that fantastic excess, No way home she eventually brings him home, and it’s hard not to love him for it.
Spider-Man: No way home opens this Friday, December 17th.
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