After Avengers: Endgame, I said, “I’ve never seen anything like this”. Naturally, considering its status as the culmination of a journey of more than a decade. But even after that, Spider-Man: No Way Home was able to provoke a similar response. Once again Marvel Studios is pushing the boundaries of the impossible.
In various locations (including the studio I was in), the audience cheered, laughed, cried, clapped. An increasingly unfamiliar sight due to the pandemic. No Way Home does it as fan service for a multigenerational audience. No Way Home is like home, not only for Spider-Man fans, but also for those who miss theatrical experience. Top Movie Site
Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the story continues the end of Far from Home (2019), when the identity of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as Spider-Man is revealed, instantly making him a public enemy. The only solution he finds is to ask Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell to erase people’s memories of his identity.
We know the spell ended up being screwed up by Peter’s interruption. We know, that’s why the gates of the multiverse are open. We know many of the old foes from Raimi and Webb’s version are back. It’s all been revealed in the promotional materials, and it’s better if you stay “blind” to other things.
No Way Home is a fan service, where the word “service” does not stop in the trivial realm. The more you get to know Spider-Man, both the comic version and the big screen, the more you will realize that this film has successfully captured the essence of the character.
It’s fun to see Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and Norman Osborn / Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) get into a fight, Flint Marko / Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) still put family first, or how Max Dillon / Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Curt Connors / Lizard (Rhys Ifans) introduce each other’s identities. But it’s no less fun to find No Way Home understands who Spider-Man is.
Similar to his nickname “friendly neighborhood”, as well as the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility”, the spider man not only quells evil, but spreads good. Sounds similar, but not the same. This point is also emphasized by the film, especially regarding the way Peter responds to the arrival of uninvited guests from another world.
The task of expanding the scope of the MCU does not make this film neglect to take care of its own universe. In the midst of multidimensional turmoil, No Way Home remains the story of teenagers. Stay centered on Peter and those closest to him. What’s Peter’s main problem apart from dealing with a bunch of villains? He, along with MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), are in trouble when enrolling in college, as a result of the revelation of Spider-Man’s identity. Meanwhile, May (Marissa Tomei) has validated the position as Peter’s personal motivation for his heroic actions.
Spider-Man is actually a coming-of-age story. Peter experiences maturity after going through phases like us, including romance. No Way Home patents Peter-MJ as one of the MCU’s strongest pairs. Then at the end of the story, it is clear that Peter is much more mature than when he first appeared in Captain America: Civil War five years ago. Be the Homecoming trilogy a complete story.
Movie Review Kindness and intelligence. Once his film defined Peter Parker. These two aspects form the second half, which explores Peter’s scientific side rather than his fighting skills (although on one occasion this side is also cleverly used to put Peter’s scientific genius into action). The pacing falters, but can be forgiven for its suitability to describe the essence of Peter Parker’s characterization.
Through the second half, No Way Home was reluctant to let go of its grip. Excitement, surprise, fan service, all mixed up. Forget about the lack of editing that sometimes seems rushed, because at that point No Way Home fulfills its essence as a blockbuster: to wow the audience.
First class action. Not only relying on fan service, Jon Watts has proven to be more mature in directing the spectacle’s festivities, including by not making Doctor Strange a mere glorified cameo, also being used to create unique actions as a characteristic of “the wizard”. This is how crossovers should be. Not just piling up the characters, but also applying the uniqueness of each.
Of course his third act is unmatched. There all kinds of feelings peaked. Whether from action that was never imagined before, or the presence of an emotional conclusion, not only for the Homecoming trilogy, but also all branches of the story that spanned nearly two decades. Yes. All. Both problems that have not been resolved, atonement for sins, the process of overcoming grief and guilt, and others.
Best Movie Perfect? Maybe not yet. As I mentioned above, there are some gaps around pacing and editing. But throughout 2021, or even in recent years, there hasn’t been a blockbuster on par with Spider-Man: No Way Home, which really shows why theatrical experience is irreplaceable. A communal experience, where tens, if not hundreds of people, share their feelings without the need to know each other or interact directly, united by a giant screen displaying the magic called “cinema”.