REVIEW: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third Spider-Man game for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. I would like to discuss my thoughts on this new superhero title in Gaming Review where I give you a level of depth typically reserved for films or novels.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a video game that released in 2021. It was developed by Beenox and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game received mixed reviews from critics, praising the visuals but criticizing the story and combat.

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From the beginning, Spider-Man: No Way Home made me nervous. I’d really loved Spidey’s prior MCU flicks, and although I didn’t agree with some of the alterations to his history, I trusted that it was heading someplace, so I went with it. Then they revealed that the third film would be set in the multiverse, and that Peter’s old rogues’ gallery would be joining the MCU to threaten him, and my enthusiasm faded. This was a definite hint that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man wasn’t being taken seriously, and that Marvel Studios, which had previously been careful with his development, was speeding up the process to deliver us an empty spectacle targeted straight at our nostalgia buttons. No Way Home is a huge, exciting superhero film, but its greatest surprise is how well it works as a Spider-Man film.

Following his appearance in Far From Home, Peter Parker deals with the consequences of his secret identity being revealed: endless media stalkers, a public divided between loving and hating him, the government’s crushing boot, and, worst of all, his friends and family going through the same hell he is. Finally, Peter comes up with the brilliant notion of asking Doctor Strange to make the rest of the world forget he’s Spider-Man. The spell, however, goes awry, releasing a swarm of creatures from throughout the cosmos, all of whom are out to murder Spidey.

 

One of the most common criticisms of the past two Spider-Man films was that Peter didn’t suffer nearly enough and that his actions had no lasting effects. (I believe there is some truth to this, however both films have significant moments of impact; Peter destroying his girlfriend’s whole existence to stop her father is very depressing.) Life begins to batter down Peter as soon as Spider-Man: No Way Home begins. The consequences of Mysterio’s last vengeance are discussed in great length, including the impact on people who know him. Peter has some resources, but being Spider-Man doesn’t seem to be all that exciting now that Tony Stark is gone and the Avengers are no longer a thing. Peter’s pain not only makes him feel more human, but it also prompts his visit to Doctor Strange and the magic request.

The narrative is pretty much what you’d anticipate based on the trailer. Because of a spell gone awry, all of the old Spidey villains are returning to fight Tom Holland’s web-slinger. I didn’t believe this would work at first; the early scenes with Doctor Strange are marginally better than they seemed in the teaser, but they’re still the film’s worst section. While Strange’s decision to comply with Peter’s request isn’t as as stupid as it first seemed, it still seems risky and out of character for him, and Peter’s meddling is more credible but still makes him appear dopier than it should. Characterizations are what make the tale work, not the story beats itself. Doctor Strange takes pity on a youngster who has had life-altering celebrity pushed upon him, and Peter is trying to rescue his loved ones from the guilt-by-association the world has imposed on him. These are the first steps in a couple of fantastic arcs, and although it’s a bit difficult at first, it’ll be well worth it in the end.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

The multiverse story is also worthwhile, and I can’t believe I’m saying this. Spider-Man: No Way Home takes all of the things I didn’t want it to accomplish and turns them into a genuine, sincere narrative about what it means to be a hero. The “Homecoming Trilogy,” as Amy Pascal put it, is about Peter growing up, and No Way Home seems like the last step of that trip. This is Peter’s journey towards manhood and becoming a hero in a manner that makes sense to him. The villains not only contribute to this growth, but also have their own arcs, becoming even more three-dimensional than they were in their first appearances. The character of a villain is investigated via the evil guys in the same way that the nature of a hero is probed through Peter, and it is done without diminishing their danger. In this film, your heart will ache for some unexpected characters, and the storytelling that takes them there is fantastic.

The acting is really excellent. Starting with Tom Holland, Spider-Man: No Way Home offers a flurry of fantastic performances. In this one, he’s more human than he’s ever been, and I’ve adored him in all of his previous appearances. Since his initial appearance in the MCU, you can see how he’s matured, not only physically but emotionally, and his battles with himself and the consequences of the mayhem he accidentally unleashed are genuine and relatable. This is also Zendaya’s strongest performance as Michelle, in part because the “see how cool I am” aura she put off in the previous two films has been largely toned down. This time, she and Jacob Batalon’s Ned are more than entertaining sidekicks, as they are confronted with the realities of being close to a superhero with dangerous foes. Marissa Tomei, who plays Aunt May in No Way Home, comes into her own in a way that the earlier films didn’t, and although she’s still extremely different from the original version (read: hot), she’s more like May in spirit this time.

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The villains, particularly the primary ones, do an excellent job as well. Willem Dafoe is the star of the show; he gives Norman Osbourne additional depths, adding layers to an already interesting character. Doctor Octopus (why are we now treating “Doc Ock” like it’s his legitimate name rather than a goofy moniker Spider-Man uses to taunt him? ), played by Alfred Molina, is also brilliant, uncovering Otto’s humanity behind a furious man trying to share his suffering with the world. Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, is generally amusing, a crook who revels in his badness. By necessity, Sandman and Lizard receive a bit of a short shrift, but in their limited time, they give their monster figures human faces. Finally, Benedict Cumberbatch has gotten so excellent at playing Doctor Strange that he could play him in his sleep, yet the character is the worst aspect in Spider-Man: No Way Home. He has some fantastic moments, and I appreciate his story as it pertains to Peter, but he’s too goofy in other areas, and some of the jokes are terrible. Strange’s entrance demonstrates the cliche has worn out its welcome, therefore I’m hoping this is the last mentor-style figure for Spidey.

The technical features of Spider-Man: No Way Home are mainly solid, while the special effects are a little lacking. Many of them are spectacular, such as Doctor Octopus’ arms or the universe gateway opening vistas. However, certain characters fall well short of a big-budget film; the most notable example is the Lizard, who never appears much more than a cartoon. You’re pulled out of the movie every time he opens his lips. The action sequences, notably a gritty fistfight that finishes the second act, are intense and visceral. The benefit of having so many villains is that each one has a unique set of weapons or skills, which director Jon Watts takes use of to keep the action fresh. That is well complimented by the soundtrack. I’ve always preferred the Spider-Man theme from his MCU appearances above any of the earlier versions, and it still serves as both Spidey’s theme and a thrilling action song. Aside from a few glitches, this is pure superhero extravaganza, which is welcome following a stale slate of would-be blockbusters.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a touching tribute to Marvel’s signature character, as well as an action-packed adventure that delves into what makes a hero and why Peter Parker is one of the best. The structure is a touch shaky, some of the visual effects aren’t quite right, and Doctor Strange can get in the way of the plot at times, but the overall experience is breathtaking. Make every effort to avoid spoilers!

Plot – 8
Acting – 9 points
9 for directing/editing
9 – Music/Sound
7 Special Effects

8.4

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a touching tribute to Marvel’s signature character, as well as an action-packed adventure that delves into what makes a hero and why Peter Parker is one of the best. The structure is a touch shaky, some of the visual effects aren’t quite right, and Doctor Strange can get in the way of the plot at times, but the overall experience is breathtaking.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is a superhero movie from Disney and Marvel. The movie was released on July 3rd, 2021. It is a prequel to the Spider-Man movies of the 2000s. Reference: no way home trailer.

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