Spider-Man No Way Home movie review and ending explained: Tom Holland and a host of villains entertain in the messy threequel
Spider-Man: No Way Home movie review: The film delivers three times the bang for your dollars, with Tom Holland’s Peter being as lovable and eager as ever.
Spider-Man: No Way Home review: “With tremendous power comes great responsibility,” says Peter Parker, nicknamed Spider-Man. However, tremendous power has great implications, and if you were thinking that Tom Holland would grow up to that realization in this third installment of the Spider-Man franchise, you are in for a let-down.
Yes, you have been hearing and talking about No Way Home. Yes, it gets you three times the bang for your cash. Yes, it’s satisfying to re-watch your favorite Spider-Man movies from the past. And, yeah, Holland’s Peter is still as endearing and eager as ever.
But as the dust settles on this virtual world of several villains and many heroes conjured up by Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange out of some very fast-moving hands and not-so-fast-moving thoughts, it’s unclear what all of that was about.
The film begins with Peter’s name being known to the world, and what follows in a world of mobile phones, paparazzi, and The Daily Bugle — both stardom and ignominy. One ramification is that MIT rejected not only Peter’s college application but also that of his pals MJ (a delightful Zendaya) and Ned (a winsome Batalon).
This is what eventually prompts Peter to urge Dr. Strange to turn the clock back to before his identity was disclosed, or, failing that, to make people forget who he was.
Something goes horribly wrong, and it has to when Dr. Strange continues tearing threads of light out in the middle of a world-altering spell at Peter’s confused request. Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina), the Green Goblin (William Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman, and the Lizard are among the enemies Spider-Man has previously faced.
So far, everything is going swimmingly. However, it is around this point that the storyline becomes a little shaky, having already entered the dangerous region of several realities. Today’s superheroes can’t truly have fun and defeat the bad guys.
Their contribution must serve a greater cause. What Peter decides at this moment will have repercussions that he does not fully consider – or that the film even allows him to confront.
The creatures who cross over from parallel universes into ours are a lot more entertaining on their own. Molina has the meatiest screen presence and gets his own enticing battle on a bridge, complete with dangling automobiles and swinging men and ladies.
Dafoe mostly snarls and eats away, but when they come together, the actors who play two of the greatest Super-Men villains remain horrible but are suddenly much hilarious.
The same can be said for two other creatures who enter our universe through a portal. The shrieks with which the cinema audience greets them express how much they have been missed despite the years in between. Holland, whose Spider-Man has always been just one of many Avengers, performs admirably when called upon to be part of a team.
The dialogue is witty and funny, Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon are believable as kids who are frequently out of their depth, the battles are well-staged, a mirror dimension of the world that Dr. Strange creates in one such clash is breathtaking, and Spider-Man is satisfyingly nerdy (“What’s cooler than magic? “Mathematics”), and the past is deftly linked to the present.
However, what it says about the future may leave you wondering. No Way Home, like power and responsibility, is a big one for “everyone deserving of second chances.” However, most of us will probably continue to be Peter Parker rather than Spider-Man. Is the film prepared for this?
Spider-Man No Way Home movie cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Willem Dafoe, Marisa Tomei, J K Simmons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina