Spider-Man: No Way Home has been the most anticipated comic-book film in years, and it lived up to all the hype. After the Sony-Marvel split in 2019, nobody thought this threequel would happen but thankfully, the studios patched things up and we all get to reap the benefits. This movie is, as Tom Holland said, “the most ambitious solo superhero film ever made” and it shows. We get to see many faces return including the likes of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx’s Electro and my personal favourite, Willem freaking Dafoe as Green Goblin. This movie breaks the curse of bad Spider-Man sequels and ends Tom Holland’s first trilogy with a bang. This just might be the greatest superhero movie of all time.
THIS IS A SPOILER FREE SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME REVIEW. IF YOU’VE SEEN THE TRAILERS, YOU’RE GOOD TO KEEP READING.
The plot of this movie revolves around the idea of a Multiverse. After the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter has been outed by Mysterio and goes to Doctor Strange for help. This part was very similar to the One More Day storyline. When Strange casts a spell to make everyone forget Peter’s identity, it gets screwed up and the multiverse is torn open. This is the catalyst for the film and its excellent storyline that gets you hooked right away.
The chatter around this film has mainly been focused on the returning actors. We see the return of 5 villains from past Spider-Man films including Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Haden-Church, Rhys Ifans and Jamie Fox who reprise their roles from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man films as Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman, Lizard and Electro, respectively. Each of the villains had their own arc and their moment to shine. The returning actors did a stellar job and stepped back into their roles as if they never left. I do, however, want to single out Dafoe’s performance as Green Goblin. It is no secret that he loved playing that character and his performance in this film reflects that enthusiasm. He is as terrifying now as he was 20 years ago and as someone who loved Green Goblin growing up, I was thrilled to see him return.
Tom Holland gives an electrifying performance in this film that is easily a career best for him. He brings so much humor, charisma, and emotion to his character and without saying much, Holland has some moments where we see Spider-Man go off in a way we’ve never seen before. It was shocking to see this change in his character, but Holland is a shining star and really makes the role his own in this film.
Another big highlight for me was Michael Gicchanno’s score for the film. It was fresh and new but also included the respective themes of the returning characters, something I really appreciated. At one point, a certain theme came on and the entire theatre erupted with applause. The score was perfect.
For me, this movie was very emotional. For the two and a half hours I was seated in the theatre, emotions were running high, and yes, there were tears. There was never a dull moment in this film. We got to see familiar faces, heartbreaking moments, dark scenes, and villains that got unbelievably loud cheers. There was definitely some fan service in this movie, but it wasn’t a bad thing and it didn’t feel forced. A lot of movies have attempted to do this in the past with little success. No Way Home did it right!
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a fantastic film. Jon Watts did the unthinkable. Not only did he make the best Spider-Man movie in the franchise, but in my opinion, he made the best MCU and Marvel movie ever. Thank you Jon Watts for this incredible film.