SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME REVIEW SPIDEY ENDGAME
Every once in a while, there’s a movie everyone waits for. The trailers can make you feel the excitement build up and give you goosebumps. Although people still warn against spoiling the movie’s content, the internet community has taken that to an entirely new level. Recent movies such as Star Wars, Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame fit this bill. Spider-Man – No Way Home is a great example of this type of movie. The anticipation is gratifying, and the movie lives up to all the hype.
STORY: A SPIDERMAN TALE
Some people have made comparisons between this movie and Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. While it makes sense because the multiverse is involved in this movie, there is something that both movies do very well. They tell a story about the main character using the multiverse and other characters to tell the story. Into the Spider-Verse was not a movie about the various heroes but an origin story of Miles Morales. The Way Home focuses on Peter Parker and how he advances that character. We can use the other elements to help guide the story.
This story feels the most like comics. The previous movies did not feel this way, but they use an element we haven’t seen in Tom Holland’s version. This is Parker luck. It’s not the difficulties of being a superhero that gets in the Way, but the complexity everyone faces. It’s not just the Spider-Man role that is complicated. This story could be straight from the comics. There are many more stories about Peter’s moral compass, simple but complex.
CHARACTERS & PERFORMANCES – SINISTERLY GOOD INTENTIONS
Tom Holland once again nails it as Spider-Man. He plays the role with good intentions, but he also goes dark. He takes Peter to places you didn’t expect. Holland makes Peter a real hero, even though some of his choices may not be the best. He has a likable charm that surrounds himself like an aura. He has a great support cast that gives him the chance to shine.
As MJ gets better and better, Zendaya is back as Zendaya. Peter is now Zendaya’s friend, and she’s her love interest. This makes them one of the most interesting couples in the MCU. You can see how much Peter would give for her chemistry. Jacob Batalon’s Ned is a delightful performance. It works to have Peter as a friend. Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as Doctor Strange. He is more prominent but not as strong as Spider-Man.
This brings us to our villains, who will make Marc Webb and Sam Raimi fans very happy. It is risky to introduce these “incarnations,” but it works. These villains are well-known to fans, and the movie does a great job of explaining them to those who aren’t. There are some plot holes about how some of these guys got here. This will not be a spoiler, but it will explain. These are minor blips on an enjoyable ride. These aren’t the only things you will notice when you talk about the movie afterward.
It’s rare for actors to feel out of their place after a long hiatus. Alfred Molina does Doc Ock like a natural. Jamie Foxx can show a little more personality in this movie. Wait, if you thought William Dafoe was not as frightening as Norman Osborn. It’s funny that the movie criticized not using the Goblin mask because his facial expressions were terrifying.
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND SOUND: THE SCORE ABOUT A SPIDER
You will find many stunning shots and sequences throughout. Mauro Fiore’s cinematography is amazing at making certain scenes beautiful. It’s not just in action but also the dramatic scenes. Despite the torrential rain pouring down on him, Peter is quite emotional. It’s hard to forget the close-up shot of Tom while the rain is pouring down and the glow from the billboards. Another way to showcase Peter Tingle is by using a new method. As Tom walks around trying to understand why his senses are activating, the camera is focused on him.
The incredible music of Michael Giacchino balances these shots. This movie is what finally makes the MCU Spider-Man theme recognizable. Although you’ve seen the same motifs in previous films, there is something different here. The music is a perfect match for the Spider-Man moments. Other motifs are also taken from the villain’s theme. It’s a joy to hear something like Electro’s theme in The Amazing Spider-Man 2,