Film Review – Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Title – Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) 

Director – Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming

Cast – Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina, Jacob Batalon 

Plot – Struggling to deal with his identity having been revealed to the entire world, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) visits his friend Dr. Strange (Cumberbatch) for a request that will lead to unexpected and potentially dire events.  

“The problem is you trying to live two different lives. The longer you do it, the more dangerous it becomes!”

Review by Eddie on 17/12/2021

THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW! (Please refrain from spoilers in comments also)

There’s not much chance of devoted Spidey/Marvel fans walking away from Jon Watt’s and Tom Holland’s latest web-slinging adventure without a strong sense of satisfaction from an epic outing, that in many ways feels as grand and risky as when the world first wondered how Marvel would manage to bring The Avengers to life all the way back in 2012. 

The third trip between director Watt’s and his leading man, that sees the groundwork laid before it combine here in a loaded and fan servicing collaboration, to talk about No Way Home without giving away its many narrative treasures and likely iconic pop culture moments is a difficult task but there’s reason to believe even early on in its release that this Spider-Man outing will go down as one of, if not the best big screen solo outings for the local neighborhood vigilante yet.   

As is always the case with such loaded Marvel outings, there are a few narrative conveniences that don’t hold up to much examination and a few half-explored ideas but too dwell on these moments would be a waste of ones time when there’s so much joy, fun and even unexcepted emotion to be found in Watt’s film as Parker and his offsiders find themselves battling a severe multiverse problem that threatens to derail the world as we know it. 

Filled with an abundance of action set pieces, well-known Marvel comedic beats, more throwbacks and nods to lore than almost any other Marvel film before it and fun character interactions, what is perhaps most surprising of all about this high reaching adventure is the wealth of strong performances found within it from one of the most stacked casts the long running superhero brand has seen yet. 

From the expected and unexpected cast additions, everyone here brings their A-game with Holland and Zendaya as the loving couple getting great moments together and feeling well and truly like they’ve both become their respective characters in body and soul, while other returning cast members from both recent and less recent times all appear to care more than just a paycheck collection would suggest giving No Way Home a strong sense of purpose and heart, with the small moments making more of an impact than the films various action oriented segments. 

Likely to be a film that is explored multiple times and one that is sure to provide hidden moments of joy and satisfaction to those that delve back into it across the ensuing years, No Way Home is another groundbreaking achievement from Marvel who could’ve easily sat back and enjoyed their success after the events of Endgame but have continued to push the boundaries of blockbuster movie making as they keep looking to provide us with top notch entertainment that is undeniable and unmatched in quality. 

Final Say – 

There’s no doubt about the fact that Spider-Man: No Way Home is the biggest and arguably best Spider-Man outing yet. A stunning achievement in pushing forward while also acknowledging the past, things here might not be perfect but there’s too much to like here to deny that Marvel has once more raised the bar for the comic book cinematic landscape. 

4 imprisoned trees out of 5   

14 responses to “Film Review – Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

  1. That’s another proof of the amazing sense of invention in the House of Ideas, indeed. That was a high risk project, as you mentioned, that could have been trapped in a demonstration of fan service. But it didn’t happen fortunately. Better than that, “No Way Home” enlarges the horizon of possibles more enthousiastic than those of the pathetic Eternals.
    I liked your fresh and nice review Eddie by the way.

    • I feel like this is the type of film that if you allow it too be, is just an entertaining and really fun/exciting ride. It’s got big story problems and some questionable character decisions but there’s no doubt in my mind this was a massive win for Marvel.

      • Totally agree with the questionable decisions. Parker is an immature hero (and Strange’s responsability is involved too) but that’s the beating heart of the script, and everything else is running around it. Interesting point of view.

    • Oh tough question. I think yes.
      Both would make a great double bill though.
      For me it’s probably mainly around the way No Way Home mixes in the old with the new. It really hit for me.

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