Synopsis: Spiderman: No Way Home (2021) sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) identified as Spiderman. The world turns against him . . . The services of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) are sought, to help out. But there are serious, unexpected consequences . . .
Things directly follow on from the end of Spiderman: Far From Home (2019). This works well for many reasons. Primarily, despite the current Covid 19 pandemic, Spiderman: No Way Home has come out only two years after that film. The central story sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) trying to deal with the hostilities he now faces. We’re reminded that despite his brilliance, he is still only a kid. Stephen (Doctor) Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) casts a spell to make the world forget who Spiderman is. But there are complications . . .
With the multiverse inadvertently accessed, people from various universes, who know who Peter Parker is, begin to show up. There are some familiar faces. What this situation brings is multiple threats, which Spiderman can’t battle alone. But luckily he doesn’t need to. As well as having MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) to help, there are also other rather surprising, but very welcome allies, too. But there were no signs of These Five Villains We’d Like to See in Live Action. A great mixture of action and also some fine drama.
A fine ensemble cast, with some very strong performances from an extremely talented cast. The chemistry between Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon as the film series’ triumvirate is brilliant. It’s clear that these actors know their characters so well and so give believable, and relatable iterations of them. They bounce off one another, and can move from drama to humour with total ease.
The villains are all wonderful too, in Spiderman: No Way Home. We’re reminded of the supreme talents of Alfred Molina as “Doc Oc” and Wilem Dafoe as Norman Osborne/ the Green Goblin. Both actors show us why they were originally cast, and make great, complex villains. They bring a screen presence that elevates the whole film, and provides the film’s hero with a very real and menacing threat.
CGI & Effects
Once more, the MCU absolutely brings the comic world to the big screen in superb fashion. It’s easy to overlook how tough it is to make things look so realistic. There were so many set pieces that impressed, that it’s tough to single out one in particular. Perhaps the battles between Spiderman and Doctor Strange were the most spectacular, visually. But the design of the whole film and the attention to detail with ret-conning the film’s “baddies” also deserves mentioning and recognition. Some really stunning CGI and epic action.
Spiderman: No Way Home lives up to all of the hype that’s been surrounding the movie. As well as operating as a huge development for the character’s current MCU incarnation, there’s much more going on. The M?CU continues to show that it knows just where to put things, and crucially, when. The writers make balancing multiple characters and story threads look easy. They also are always building. For MCU fans they’ll tie in a surprise cameo (no spoilers — wait and see — keep your eyes peeled!) with the reappearance of The Kingpin (Vincent D”Onofrio) in this week’s Hawkeye episode – ‘Ronin’. Also, as usual make sure you stick around until the very end!
Spiderman: No Way Home is out now in cinemas – enjoy and stay safe, readers!
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