Spiderman: No Way Home Review


Zendaya and Tom Holland swing into action in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Mason Faulkner, Staff Writer

The new Spiderman movie may just as well be the biggest Spider-man move ever. With rumors of returning Spider-Men, multiple villains, the opening up of the concept of the multiverse, and a record-breaking trailer, Spider-Man: No Way Home has played a very strong position for the title of the next Avengers: Endgame. For the most part, all of the plot points make sense. Despite the variety, and messy web of characters, backstories, and motivations, No Way Home works if you know where each character comes from (Watching the previous Spider-Man movies will help you tremendously throughout the movie.) 

The movie starts with Peter Parker dealing with the fallout of the events and the very end of Far From Home. His secret identity is known to the public, and the public believes he is the one who murdered Mysterio. Now with the media after him, Peter must adjust to a difficult existence and the uncomfortable spotlight of the public eye. Peter then decides to make the decision to go to Doctor Strange and request the sorcerer to cast a spell that reverses everything back to normal. The idea begins as humorous and fun but quickly turns into a surprising, spectacle of a film.

Before the movie, Marvel advertised the inclusion of returning villains, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, and The Lizard. This could have been to force the watchers to know each character’s backstory before the movie. Only one or two lines are provided to explain why each villain reacts in the way they do to the different universe they are plunged into.

The standouts are the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. Thanks to Marvel’s digital de-aging technology, the actors mostly look like they did nearly two decades ago when they appeared in the original Spider-Man trilogy. Mostly, because sometimes it looks like an Instagram beauty filter has been placed over certain parts of the screen.

The visual effects in general have been dialed down a bit so that we don’t have to sit through the effects-heavy movie, Far From Home. The action scenes, featuring hand-to-hand combat, feel more practical and real. A first-person perspective straps you in for a ride with Spider-Man swinging from A to B. Small details, such as Peter using his webs to grab things and funny quips and jokes all add to the charm. A standout in this movie is that Peter exercises his Spidey senses, so that the often-joked-about “Peter tingle” is now a real thing. It’s something that we can finally feel too, via sound effects and a close-up on Holland’s face.

A sequence with Doctor Strange is not only trippy and entertaining, but it gives Peter a chance to use his other superpower: his brain. Holland as an actor, while younger than the previous two, rarely has the opportunities to utilize this asset.

Overall, Spiderman: No Way Home is fun and inviting, and gives the marvel nerds something to dig deep into. The amount of easter eggs and teasers in the movie is very entertaining and gives die-hard fans something to look into after watching the movie. To go along with that, the twists and turns in the movie keep you on the edge of your seat. In other words, if you came for the biggest movie of the year, you’ll definitely leave satisfied.