“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was the # 1 movie when it opened. Let me rephrase this – “Spider-Man: No Way Home” became the No.1 movie of 2021 on its opening weekend, December 17-19, when it grossed around $ 253 million. dollars at the national box office. As if that weren’t enough, the film was crafted for the most immersive theatrical experience I’ve had in years, with the audience cheering and screaming at every turn.
The last time we saw Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland), his secret identity was revealed by presenter J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons). Thanks to a very good lawyer, no criminal charges can be brought for alleged wrongdoing from the last film, but there are consequences nonetheless. For example, Peter and his friends MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) are dismissed from MIT for their role in the controversy. But then Peter remembers that he has friends who can pull strings throughout his life.
He goes to see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asks him to cast a spell that can make you forget that he is Spider-Man. Strange agrees, but Peter tries to get him to change the spell halfway, which ruins things. Things go so wrong that a hole is torn in the universe, and Spider-Man’s opponents are brought in from other dimensions. Thus, Peter has to face Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). Strange can send the villains back to their own dimensions, which will kill them, but Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) tells Peter that it owes them to try and cure them of what makes them mean. After all, it was the Great Power that brought them into this world.
It’s a shock to see Peter interacting with the five returning characters. Not all are crazy about the idea of being “healed,” but they accept it as opposed to the immediate death that Strange would bring. Fortunately, most of their origins come from laboratory accidents which can be countered by science. Still, the situation gets out of hand pretty quickly. Peter needs help, and it’s a poorly kept secret at this point that the Multiverse is providing. And that’s when the fun interactions really begin.
The movie’s biggest strength is its humor, especially with the banter between the three-dimensional characters (although the pieces with Ned and Peter’s other classmates and teachers don’t add much). I’ve heard other reviews complain that these scenes lasted too long, but they never got old for me. I could even argue that the movie could use more because I couldn’t get enough.
The negatives include some pretty standard MCU action (aside from a cool kaleidoscope-y Doctor Strange sequence), a failure to engage in a twist in the third act, and a need to see 20 years of Spider-Man movies. for this film to make sense. I told my mom that I loved the movie, but I was saddened when I realized that she would be lost if she saw it for herself. Plus, and it’s finicky, but there’s too much suspense around the characters opening college response letters when the envelopes are thin. It may depend on the school, but my understanding is that acceptance letters traditionally come with a package, like mine.
Cracks do appear if you think about it, but like most MCUs, it’s incredibly easy to ignore Cracks, as there’s something thrilling about every corner. And if you see it early enough, it will be with such a large crowd that your hearts will pound in unison.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” isn’t quite the best movie of the year, but it’ll likely be the best time you spend in theaters all year.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is rated PG-13 for action / violence footage, some language, and brief suggestive commentary. Its operating time is 148 minutes.
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