Movie Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Title: Spider-Man: No Way Home
Release Date: December 17, 2021
Director: Jon Watts
Production Company: Columbia Pictures | Marvel Studios | Pascal Pictures

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been one of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it was with great enthusiasm that I went to see the third Spider-Man movie (although it took me a while to get to theaters!).  Following up on the end of Far From Home where the Rush Limbaugh-like J. Jonah Jameson (J. K. Simmons) reveals Spider-Man’s identity as Peter Parker to the world. Naturally, the publicity has a negative effect on Peter’s life, but also on his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), girlfriend M.J. (Zendaya), and best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon).

Peter asks Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help casting a spell that would cause the world to forget that Spider-Man is Peter Parker.  When the spell goes wrong it draws in villains from other universes including Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).  Peter, M.J., Ned, and May realize that returning them to their own dimension would cause their deaths, so they work on first curing them of the various maladies that turned them into villains in the first place.


No Way Home has been out for over a month now, so I figure anyone who cares about what happens in the movie will know this by now, but nevertheless, it should come as no surprise that it’s not only villains traveling through the multiverse.  There are also two other versions of Spider-Man played by Tobey Maguire from the Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) and Andrew Garfield from The Amazing Spider-Man duology (2012-2014). The three have to work together to solve the crisis that could shatter reality.

Holland, Maguire, and Garfield do a very convincing job of showing the three Peter Parkers bonding and sharing their knowledge with real emotional heft.  I also appreciate that the better part of this movie is about solving the problems by helping the villains.  There is a lot of great humor in this movie but also some grimmer moments, and the ending leaves the Peter Parker of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an uncertain future.  This movie was worth the wait and lives up to the hype.

Rating: ****





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