this review contains spoilers
I, like many others, have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe journey for quite a while now, first the movies, now the tv shows, everything. So when the first news came of this film, and bit by bit, the news and the trailers came out, this was the most hyped I’ve ever been, for any Marvel or any superhero film.
How did the movie deliver and what! In mere sentences, it’s impossible to explain all the rush of emotions and goosebumps experienced throughout the film and at these specific Marvelesque moments in the film. Marvel has now reached a stage, after delivering so much, that they’re now able to go above and beyond, experimenting with film-making in the process, and the outcome is off the roof.
(Here’s a quick synopsis of the film – With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.)
Speaking of Spiderman: No Way Home, while the film is bigger than any of the previous Spiderman films, they’ve still managed to maintain the simplicity of Tom Holland’s Spiderman, his superpower (i.e. his heart), and how he has matured after every event he has faced.
There is so much happening in this 2 hr 28 mins masterpiece, that it’s difficult to pinpoint a mere few pointers that make it great. The film has quite successfully given respect to the Spiderman legacy, with respect to their villains and the multiple Spiderman(s), we’ve all grown up watching. Those moments and the storyline, in general, were so beautiful to watch, with a definite feeling of nostalgia, and also making you teary-eyed here and there.
Just when you thought how amazing are these villains all together, in one scene, sometimes showing their human side and at another moment, all villainy… Marvel takes the film to another level, with the introduction of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. I never thought it was ever possible, nor can I describe how extraordinary it was to watch three Spiderman together in one scene, fighting off the baddies. Not only the fights, but every scene with the three of them was a joy to watch.
Not only did it feel so nostalgic to especially see Maguire suited-up (since he was the first Spiderman we saw on the big screen), but another incredible aspect was the justice they gave to Garfield’s character, keeping in mind how ‘amazing’ he was, and how he was suddenly just cut off from his role, back then.
There’s so much happening to simply pinpoint a few things, but apart from these major appearances and this massive storyline that’s happening, the film is only so good with the equally-great performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and all the others.
Overall speaking, as incredible as Avengers Endgame was, I don’t think a film like Spiderman: No Way Home has happened before, nor will it ever happen again. This was one of those epic moments in film history that we got to witness here with this film. (Sure, Marvel’s going to level up again, and in the future, but what other moment is going to make you nostalgic like this one).
I’m sure I’m going to later realize I didn’t mention this or I didn’t mention that in this review, only because I still haven’t wrapped my head around the film and that scene of all the three Spidermans swinging around is on a constant loop, in my head.