Get in 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 so that everyone forgets 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 we found a way to make this Spidey story heartbreaking, more character-focused and also more fun than you imagine. Sometimes it can be a little too involved in the story, but in general, Spider-Man: No way home is an absolute explosion. It 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 left, with J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) releasing news revealing that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. In an instant, Peter’s world turns upside down. Suddenly, he is the most famous person in the world, and the film shows it from different perspectives and points of view, 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 the reasons No way home‘s first and very welcome surprise. It challenges you to put yourself in Peter’s place and grapple with the trauma he suffers from day to day.
Peter’s trauma continues after he asked Dr. Strange for help and things go horribly wrong. And yet, again, it’s not resolved in as simple a way as you might expect from a trailer. Remember, many of these characters in which Peter meets No way home—such as Willem Dafoe’s Norman Osborn / Green Goblin and Alfred Moline’s Otto Octavius / Doc Ock – are incredibly smart. He will not appear in the alternate universe and only be an asshole. After first coming from their universes, of course, they want to kill Spider-Man – but soon after that, those motives change and change, in a fun and scary way. Conflict doesn’t just exist between Peter and his new known – and 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 mentoring figure.
This, in turn, means we see Peter spending more time with his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Each of them has a significantly expanded role here, 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, who deal, as seen in the trailers, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (previously played by Thomas Haden Church) and Lizard (previously played by Rhys Ifans) with Doctor Strange and others in the mix.
That’s about it at this point 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 novelty of re-seeing all these villains on screen, doing things similar to what we saw in their original films.
Fortunately, as the film reaches its climax No way home straighten up and really start flying. The last hour No way home can end up ranking sideways The Avengers films 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. Nor is it 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’ll probably love it too.
However, in another exciting twist, all that pomp in the third act and the circumstances 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 throwing him out of the park again, with choices made that will certainly be controversial, but create an emotional shock that leads to a strong end and something that seems 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 demolishes it. And he is not the only one who fulfills the opportunity – famous enemies and friends alike get some knockout performances, and Dafo 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, Mystery, fought Thanos, was stunned and saved the world, all the while trying to finish high school with grades good enough to enroll in college. Spider-Man: No way home it unites that 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 his large-scale adventure in the election of Peter Parker as a hero to justify part of that fantastic excess, No way home brings him home in the end, and it’s hard not to love him for it.
Spider-Man: No way home opens this Friday, December 17th.
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