"Spider-Man: No Way Home" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Throughout most of 2021, Marvel Studios has teased the newest film in the MCU, "Spider-Man: No Way Home". With trailers showing multiple old villains from the other franchises returning, as well as numerous fan theories surfacing all over the web, this has become one of the most hyped movies of the entire year. I was very excited for what will take place throughout this movie, but also hesitant to raise my hopes for this film, in fear that it won't live up to my own expectations. However, this movie completely exceeded my expectations, and I would hail it as the best MCU film of all time, and definitely one of the best superhero films ever made.
After the events of "Spider-Man: Far From Home", Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is revealed to be Spider-Man, in a video uploaded by evil villain Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) during his last moments. Now, both on the run from the law and from all of the people who think he is a menace to society, Peter has to figure out a way to adjust to this new life, as well as protecting those closest to him, including his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon).
To try and make it easier on his friends and those closest to him, Peter approaches Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to try and cast a spell to make everyone forget that he is the famous superhero. However, when Peter keeps trying to change the spell multiple times, he creates an entirely different spell, causing Strange to completely shut down everything to protect their universe. They are unsuccessful, as some of the villains from the alternate universe are able to come into this world, including Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and many more in this action packed superhero film.
This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The movie picks up speed right from the get go, and we are given crazy plot event after crazy plot event. It is one of the most fun superhero movies we have received in a long time, and it feels like the two and a half hours passed by so quickly.
I do think this film does a very good job focusing on the character development, especially that of Peter and his friends. I think they really grow throughout the course of the movie, learning from all of their past mistakes and trying to move on into adulthood. At the same time, the chemistry between all of our lead actors is spot on, and give off such a great vibe that lasts throughout the entire movie.
The villains, on the other hand, are just absolutely great. It's awesome being able to watch all of these villains from the past twenty years get combined into one huge movie together. The actors that play all of them never lost their villain charm from many years ago, and they portray their character in such a magnificent way; it seems like they never left the film they were first shooting all those years ago.
Another thing I love about this film is how it keeps you on our toes, and you are surprised by every new twist and turn that takes place. In many films nowadays, it is very easy to predict where a movie is going to head next. However, in the case of this film, we have no clue where the plot will take our characters, and it was always a delightful surprise in finding where we are going next. At the same time, I think the film gives the fans what they want perfectly throughout, and for me, it went beyond what my expectations were for this film.
Overall, this film is an absolute masterpiece. The MCU really has something special on their hands after the release of this movie, and I'm just over the moon that it was able to deliver what it promised in the trailer. I'm hoping and praying we get more films like this one, and hopefully with the same playful and fun cast and story in future films.