Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Before you begin reading this review, rest assured there are no spoilers here whatsoever. I am purposefully vague in what I say so if you’ve come looking for me to confirm rumours, speculate on the future of the character or anything else of a spoilerish nature, you’ve come to the wrong place. Aside from some basic story, this is going to be as spoiler free as I can make it.

Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up immediately after the mid-credits scene of the previous movie with J. Jonah Jamieson outing Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the middle of New York. From here, we’re taken on a wild, rollercoaster, non-stop thrill ride that results in the best Spider-Man film we’ve had to date.

Since the original Spider-Man film way back in 2002 right through to now, each iteration of the Webhead has had both good points and bad points however, Spider-Man: No Way Home takes everything that has worked from the movies, adds in the obligatory Marvel Cinematic Universe pizazz and sprinkles in a lot of comic book flavoured goodness in what is perhaps the definitive version of the character outside of the comic books and PS4 game.

Some of the acting is absolutely spectacular here with Tom Holland in particular shining as the titular hero. It really feels like we’ve seen his version of Peter Parker grow up in front of us since his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. No Spider-Man actor has had as much time to dedicate and develop the character as much as Tom Holland has and truth be told I can’t imagine someone else in the part at this point. I really don’t see anyone doing the character justice.

Story wise, I’m saying nothing but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed the film from beginning to end. There wasn’t a single moment where I thought the pacing was off or something didn’t fit. The film itself is 2hrs 28mns and at no point did I want it to hurry up and end. I’ve always been critical of how Sony have handled the Spider-Man IP in the past, but under the watchful eye of Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige the franchise and extended universe, thus far at least, has flourished. Now, I’m not sure what the state of the current Marvel / Sony deal is, but no matter what happens, I hope they can continue working together for years to come.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is also easily the best MCU film we’ve had since Avengers: Endgame and while that isn’t exactly a long list, I’d argue it is perhaps one of the best films we’ve had in the MCU as a whole. I really don’t know what else to say here that doesn’t delve into spoiler territory and I refuse to start writing articles explaining the ending or lists about stuff you may have missed in the film, I’m not into click bait shite like that but I genuinely urge anyone even a little interested in this film to go and see it as soon as possible because within a week, this shit is going to be all over the internet and impossible to avoid.

by Edward Laing

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