Review: Spiderman: No Way Home

Ananya Krishna | Content Writer

No spoilers are given in this review.

With great power comes great responsibility, a feeling looming over me as I write review. It’s been difficult to escape any content regarding the new Spiderman movie, with fans and less devoted followers of the marvel cinematic universe both bombarded with mass advertising for Spiderman: No Way Home.

The film follows directly from Far from Home, so viewers can expect a return of familiar faces Peter, Ned, MJ, and Aunt May along with Dr Strange joining to set up the events of Multiverse of Madness coming out later this year.

The plot is centered around the consequences of its prequel and explores multi-reality chaos. Perhaps simple seeming, but incredibly well executed. Avoiding an overly complex narrative arc, the film is paced excellently. It has the usual patent humour that comes with Marvel movies, heightened by Holland’s starring. What is so great about No Way Home, however, is how well it juggles other characters whilst still ensuring it’s Holland’s film. While there is a high focus on Maguire and Garfield’s movies, audiences can’t forget that it is about Holland’s Spiderman.

The height of the move is its nostalgia. There aren’t any villains per say and the movie is successful in humanising a lot of previous Spiderman villains. Arguably, this hasn’t been done since the Sandman in Spiderman 3 (2007). Despite the inevitable effect the movie’s story has on Tom Holland’s Spiderman, audiences don’t leave the cinema with an entirely heavy heart. The movie is still full of light-hearted, fantastic scenes which almost make you forget your tears minutes before. Spiderman: No Way Home leads to a fantastic closing scene with Spiderman swinging around New York, reminiscent of Maguire and Garfield’s movies and a brilliant ending to this trilogy.

No actors are subpar, everything is delivered amazingly, and no moments appear forced or jarring in performances. Needless to say, Holland, Zendaya, Batalon, Cumberbatch, Tomei and Favreau were all amazing and caused my eyeliner to smudge throughout the course of the film. Of course, Zendaya and Holland’s relationship’s is now public and that comes through in their performances. Every superhero film has impressive CGI and cinematography but it’s nothing without good acting to transform it from a mediocre film to one that breaks the box office. As a fan of the older movies, it was also brilliant to see all the original actors for the villains back as well. Nothing beats Willem DaFoe saying, “I’m something of a scientist myself.”

The cinematography is fantastic and is highly successful in aiding the telling of the story. A fantastic scene in the mirror dimension with Dr Strange is a brilliant example of this. There is also a fantastic swinging scene during the end battle which will make Spiderman fan hearts burst with joy. The music choice maybe jarring at first, especially the credit song after the heart wrenching ending, however it is there for a purpose (just look at the song title). 

Spiderman: No Way Home is a must-see movie. Avoiding knowing major plot points and spoilers really elevates the watch. The only thing left to say is, I wish Spiderman all the best with his new band.

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