Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

To start with, I think this is the strongest film out of the new trilogy so far, even if it probably had the weakest overall plot. Stripping the story back, it wasn’t anything special or complicated, but it was fitting for the unique purpose of this movie. This was an event movie, it was about celebrating all things Spider-Man and it achieved this and then some!

Spider-Man: No Way Home is big on character performance and action sequences and easily features some of the best fight scenes that I have witnessed in ANY superhero movie! One scene, in particular, was beyond incredible and as for the final showdown, my jaw was on the floor with one particular sequence and was worth the ticket fee alone! But this movie isn’t just about the incredible action, this film has so much heart at its core and I think out of all the Spider-Man movies previously, this is defiantly the most emotional with the most satisfying payoffs!

As for performances, this was Tom Holland’s (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) best outing so far and I think they have now hit their peak in terms of what this character has to offer and I do think they will be able to maintain this as the new standard going forwards. I was impressed by Holland, as this was a much more emotional and mature performance and one that was needed to take his Spider-Man on to the next level as he enters early adulthood. The same goes for his companions, Zendaya (MJ) and Jacob Batalon (Ned) – who both joined Holland by delivering great performances of their own. We also had the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) to contend with and I feel he was an integral part of the movie and was used to great effect but not over-used so his impact became saturated or distracting.

We knew from the trailers, that villains from the three different batches of Spider-Man films would be appearing in No Way Home, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t other hidden surprises in store for the audience, there were plenty – including something that I was desperate to see – so I feel even if you have a good amount prior knowledge going into this movie, you’ll still end up shocked and amazed on more than one occasion!

Sticking with the villains, it was great to have Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin), Alfred Molina (Dr Otto Octavius/Doc Ock), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Thomas Haden Church (Flint Marko/Sandman) and Rhys Ifans (Dr Curt Connors/Lizard) back reprising their respective roles, although there were varying degrees of impact and importance on the overall story. It’s safe to say Dafoe and Molina are on the top tier, but the villains are very much an integral part of the main narrative, and probably in a way you might not expect!

Negatives? Like I said, I think stepping back and just looking at the basic main storyline, it is a little weak, but due to all the other factors, I have previously mentioned it is not detrimental to the movie or its enjoyment. If you like Spider-Man, if you like Marvel and the MCU, you’ll have very little to be disappointed with here.

Outstanding performances, pulsating action and fight scenes with plenty of great humour and overflowing with emotion and heart – Spider-Man: No Way Home is the best of the trilogy so far and probably up there as one of the best live-action Spider-Man movies to date!

Be sure to check back in the next few days, as Rob and I will be getting together to talk all things spoilers!

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