Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review
Disclaimer: This review contains SPOILERS!
Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up straight from where Spider-Man: Far From Home left when Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) was revealed to be Spider-Man. Now that everyone in the MCU knows that Peter is Spider-Man, Peter tries to make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man and approaches Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. The plot thickens when Doctor Strange botches up a spell to make everybody forget about the identity of Spider-Man, inviting some old friends from other universes into the MCU.
We are first introduced to several notable nemesis of Spider-Man from the past such as Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman and The Lizard. They all die fighting Spider-Man in their universes but the MCU Spider-Man is just a kid whose moral conscience doesn't allow him to let them go back to their respective universes dead. Spider-Man: No Way Home primarily focuses on the character arc of Tom Holland's Spider-Man to accept his fate in the end.
The moral compass of Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the decisions he makes throughout the film is the crux of Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film is a tribute to all previous Spider-Man films and there are few scenes in the movie which would actually make you shed a tear.
Well, it wasn't a very pleasant movie watching experience for me as I could barely hear what was going on in the movie at times when Marvel kannis were screaming their lungs out for almost every single scene out there. Spider-Man: No Way Home excels at fan service by bringing not only the antagonists of the previous films but also Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man. The cameo by both of them on screen was extremely satisfying to watch although I did feel their screen time could've been more.
Contrary to Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, the background score is relatively mellow in this film which personally isn't my taste, though it was very much apt for the film through all the emotions from happiness to sadness. The action sequences too are nothing out of the ordinary, but 3 Spider-Men from different universes fighting together is something that we wouldn't be seeing in the near future so that was some good entertainment.
Tom Holland gives his most involved performance as Spider-Man in the film and it'll be interesting to see how his character grows from now on since the world has forgotten that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
The film throughout banks on the nostalgia of Spider-Man and the fan service it aims to deliver. I might be nit picking but I really wish the 3 Spider-Men did something what your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man would do instead of just teaming up for saving the old Spider-Man villains.
All said, I did enjoy watching Spider-Man: No Way Home, especially seeing Alfred Molina back as Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, and of course, our favourite Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield (the scene where he saves MJ is a banger if you have seen the earlier films).
Watch out for the mid-credits and post-credits scenes which are about Venom and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which raise the hype for Marvel movies further.
With great power comes great responsibility, but with great fan service come great cinema? That's the question you'd be pondering upon after watching Spider-Man: No Way Home.