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Movie Review: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021)

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"Spider-Man: No Way Home" official 4K blu-ray cover.

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" official 4K blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Jon Watts
Distributor: Marvel
Released: April 12th, 2022
Runtime: 148 minutes
Availability: on 4K blu-ray, blu-ray, and DVD, available on digital rental, check your country here

Story Summary

Peter Parker has been outed as Spider-Man after his confrontation with Mysterio. He returns to New York where he is questioned by police and has to deal with the aftermath of having his identity exposed. He decides that Doctor Strange should cast a spell to erase the memories of everyone knowing he’s Spider-Man, but Peter messes with the spell and it has unintended consequences.

The Story "Fixes" MCU Spider-Man

Many fans, not so much myself, but other fans, have been annoyed by the MCU’s version of Spider-Man because he has everything going for him, a great girlfriend, a supportive best friend, and an aunt that encourages him to be a hero, and he shirks a lot of his responsibilities when it comes to being a superhero. Some fans weren’t able to relate to him, because Peter Parker is the “everyman” of superheroes, he has problems but he always pushes through them to be the hero. This version of Peter has a lot of power and takes very little responsibility in the minds of these fans.

There was also his overreliance on Tony Stark and his technology while Peter is a genius that invents his own things. People on YouTube mocked this Peter Parker as “Iron Boy Jr.” Because he couldn’t stand on his own, in his own films where the story is supposed to be centered around him, other characters always had to bail him out and he never seemed to learn the famous lesson, “with great power there must also be great responsibility”, a timeless lesson for the character.

The movie is a soft reboot that gives Peter his much-needed character development, and sets him up to be the character that fans recognize, while still entertaining old and new fans.

Spider-Man battling villains in New York.

Spider-Man battling villains in New York.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME - Official Trailer (HD)

The Crossover Was Great!

This film is a massive crossover between all the previous iterations of Spider-Man and I enjoyed it as someone that has watched the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man movies. I will watch the other Spider-Man MCU movies eventually, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

I liked how the crossover was set up and how it makes sense for the story. Seeing familiar actors return to their roles was a highlight for me watching this movie. But I’ll talk about their acting later in this review.

I also like how the crossover is an important aspect of the story and not just there for fanservice and character cameos.

The Visual Effects Look Fantastic!

The visual effects for Spider-Man: No Way Home look great. The visuals are nice and the fight scenes have great choreography. There are also many references to previous films if you’re a diehard fan of Spider-Man.

The visuals are entertaining and the cinematography looks great. I enjoy the way the movie is shot. It keeps the intensity from start to finish, while still having many emotional moments for fans of the character. There’s a fun visual style to this Spider-Man film that I enjoyed a lot.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) is a visually entertaining movie that keeps me invested in the characters and is entertaining to watch.

The Acting Is Great!

The acting in this movie is very well done. I like the actors in this movie. While everyone does a great job, I’ll highlight just some of the actors.

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Peter Parker/Spider-Man

I enjoyed Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The MCU version of Spider-Man isn’t my favorite version of the character. My preference is Tobey McGuire, but Tom Holland did an amazing job in the role. He conveyed all the emotions that his character has to go through in the movie and I enjoyed his acting.

Michelle "MJ" Jones-Watson

This different “MJ” is all right. I still prefer Mary Jane Watson, but Michelle is a decent character. I understand why fans are annoyed, because she’s basically an “OC”, original character, with Mary Jane’s initials instead of actually being Mary Jane Watson. Fans would have preferred her to be the MCU’s “Mary Jane Watson” instead of being a new character. I do think Zendaya did a great job as Michelle "MJ" Jones-Watson, and her character is fun and entertaining.

Ned Leeds

Jacob Batalon did a great job as Ned Leeds. He’s a fun and interesting character that I enjoyed. It is nice to see Peter Parker have a best friend that isn’t angry about him being Spider-Man, but I understand why some fans were upset. He’s still an entertaining character and I do think Jacob Batalon did a great job and had a lot of fun in his role as Ned Leeds.

Norman Osborn/Green Goblin

Willem Defoe is a great actor and he did an amazing job reprising his role as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. The fact that he reprised this role after so long and did his own stunts makes his return very impressive.

I liked his acting and he did an amazing job portraying this character and he’s an amazing villain.

Aunt May Parker

Marisa Tomei did a great job as May Parker. I enjoyed her acting in this movie and she played a different version of Aunt May compared to the other versions of the character. Her actress played the role very well and had a memorable role in this movie.

The acting in this movie is great and I enjoy it a lot. Everyone gave great performances and all the characters were entertaining.

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Doc Ock returns!

Doc Ock returns!

No Good Deed (from "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Soundtrack)

The Music Is Good!

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) has a great soundtrack composed by Michael Giacchino. I liked the soundtrack but it wasn’t the most memorable to me. It still sounded nice and fit the tone of the movie.

It Relies on Previous Spider-Man Movies

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) relies on the audience’s previous experience with all the Spider-Man movies, both the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie and the two Marc Webb The Amazing Spider-Man movies. If you have also watched the MCU Spider-Man movies you will be able to understand what’s going on.

While it’s not required for you to have seen all the Spider-Man movies, it’s a much better movie experience when you have seen the other Spider-Man movies.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

Relies on you watching all the previous Spider-Man movies for the most enjoyment.

Great visual effects

Great acting

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A-

If you love the Spider-Man franchise you’ll enjoy Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) because of all the fanservice it has. It is a loving tribute to all the versions of Spider-Man that have been portrayed on the silver screen. It’s a neat way to honor the Spider-Man franchise while still telling a fresh story that fans can enjoy.

The story is very well done and the acting is fantastic. It’s a fun and enjoyable movie, although it is a little more adult than the previous films, having stronger profanity in it.

I still enjoyed the movie a lot, and while it’s not my favorite Spider-Man movie, it’s still an enjoyable superhero film.

My Rating

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