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Friday, December 17, 2021

Spider-Man No Way Home FULL & Honest Review-Marvel Phase 4 Spider-Verse

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The cameo of J.B. Smoove from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM was my biggest surprise and excitement. In a few days, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME will undoubtedly bring a lot of smiles to many people's faces. The third installment of Jon Watts' friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is heavy on fan service, but it's mainly done properly, and it also hits some emotional high points. 

Story Line & Review

This review will, of course, be spoiler-free, at least as much as the trailers were. So anything that has already been made public is fair game. It's about the multiverse, as you already know. Most of Spidey's old adversaries will return, as we all know. It won't be long before we reach our destination. 

The film picks up just where the last film, FAR FROM HOME, left off. J. Jonah Jameson, played by the brilliant J.K. Simmons, announces that Spider-real Man's identity is Peter Parker in this dimension. As a result, the film begins with a hilarious and fast-paced opening sequence, followed by a fantastic long-continues shot inside their flat, complete with helicopters circling the building. 

Spider-secret Man's identity has always played an important role in many of his adventures, and it has very significant repercussions now that it's out in the open, not just for him, but also for the people he cares about. And, in true Spider-Man manner, comedy and tragedy are always close at hand, and while there are a few duds, the majority of the humour lands. 

Of course, we only get enemies from two realms, despite the fact that there are innumerable because those are the universes with which we are already aware from previous SPIDER-MAN films. But kudos to Sony and, more importantly, Marvel for getting this off, because this might have easily turned into a disaster. 

But it isn't, and they were able to make SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE in live-action. It's not as tight as the animated film, which is a stunning work of art, but I honestly believe that doing this in live-action is a messier endeavor by design. Because you have to cope with a variety of situations. 

That is what makes this film such a fascinating and interesting artifact. In retrospect, I believe I gave the latest picture FAR FROM HOME an excessively high rating, but one thing that struck me about it was that it had a meta-level thanks to the villain Mysterio.

 Mysterio operated like a filmmaker himself by producing these illusions, artificial worlds, and effects, which I thought was a fascinating layer. Now, with NO WAY HOME, I believe it's a fascinating film to see where we are with technology, what we (or rather, the filmmakers) are doing with it, and what kinds of stories they've created. 

I grew up with the first SPIDER-MAN trilogy, but never in a million years would I have guessed that Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina would return, de-aged, and bring their A-game to resurrect these classic super-villains. Both are excellent here, and the effects are, for the most part, rather astounding. 

Jamie Foxx's performance as Electro is likewise entertaining, although I was dissatisfied with how the Lizard and the Sandman turned out. They're both quite one-note, and when the Lizard opens his lips for the first time, it looks... well, mediocre. But let me return to my original point. It's difficult to make it feel earned in this plot and not simply like cheap fan service when you try to bring back characters and performers from movies that are twenty years old at this point. 

There are also technical and other real-world challenges to solve. And I believe they did a wonderful job here for the most part. Even if a live-action rendition of anything like this is more difficult and messy to pull off, I believe it has a more strong or perhaps just different emotional appeal by design. 

There's something about seeing Willem Dafoe in the character again, and witnessing him make this Spider-life Man's a horrible misery. It takes a bit for the movie to get going. There are some fantastic scenes throughout, but it's a little confusing and not as fluid as it may be. 

However, once it finds its footing, it delivers all of the emotions and ideas you'd expect from a SPIDER-MAN film. This is something I've stated before, and I'll say it again. The best superhero movies, in my opinion, are those that focus on what it means to be a superhero. What it means to give up something. 

What it means to persevere in the face of adversity. That's why SPIDER-MAN 2 by Sam Raimi is still arguably my favorite live-action superhero film of all time. There's no other film that captures how depressing it is to be Spider-Man. And this one gets it right on that front as well. 

This one puts Peter through his paces, and Tom Holland has never been better in the character because he has never had more material to work with. The enormity of the duties that he carries finally becomes apparent. That's something that was lacking in the first two Tom Holland films. But this film is about him making difficult choices and dealing with the repercussions. 

One of the key themes is second chances. On a meta-level, this is also very fitting, as many characters from films that were previously thought to be "over" are receiving a second chance to shine. And I completely understand why some people regret the simplicity and more focused approach of older superhero films; I, too, crave those elements from time to time. 

On the other side, I find it fascinating how the MCU is always going forward while also being able to relate events from the past. And this is another proof of the fact that Kevin Feige and his staff haven't planned everything out before, but that things emerge organically, and if they're able to connect things that appear to be unconnected and do it with this much emotional weight, then I'm all in. 


So, as you can tell, I think NO WAY HOME is a tremendous winner and a lot of fun. Do I think it's a good movie? No, I don't believe so. Maybe I'll have to see it again, but there are some problems, and I wasn't always a fan of the movie's look and feel. 

Unfortunately, the press viewing was also in 3D, so some of the hazy aesthetic can be attributed to that, but I still don't think it's the most brilliant and thrilling superhero film. Some sequences, settings, and effects had a phony feel to them, and the majority of the action is, of course, CGI-heavy, and it shows. 

But, because the film hits those emotional and conceptual notes, I was able to overlook its flaws in other areas and simply enjoy this bizarre, nostalgic multiverse adventure. In general, I'd give SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME an 8 out of 10 ratings. It's closer to 7.6, but I don't do it.



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