“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was a huge success. It is the sixth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing “Spider-Man”. The fans loved it. They cheered in the theater. They laughed, they cried, they felt good about life. I say all this to remind you, dear reader, that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has won. Like Alexander the Great, he has no other worlds to conquer. Now that I’m out of it all, let me tell you – I’m not thinking this movie is good at all. In fact, it’s totally bad sometimes, with an incredibly lazy script and an overabundance of funny jokes that kill every dramatic weight the narrative tries to build. Even on a spectacular level, the film is rather weak – the action scenes are uninspired and often a blur.
By now you probably know the story: after revealing his secret identity, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) turns to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to help you cast a spell that will erase everyone’s memory. Well, almost everyone. Anyway, the spell goes awry and Spider-Man villains from other dimensions (and other movie franchises) soon appear, such as Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus and Thomas Haden Church as unconvincing CGI sand drop. To fight these villains, Spidey receives help from Spiders-Men from other universes, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Look: I’ll admit it was fun to have the three Spider-Men hang out together (Andrew Garfield is especially good here). And Willem Dafoe is clearly having fun playing Green Goblin again. But what happens? The other Peters Parker appears only near the end of the film, and before that, a huge track from “No Way Home” has the characters hanging in the dimly lit basement of Doctor Strange, making unconvincing dialogues.
Again: I’m in the minority here, and I know it. If you loved “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, I’m sincerely happy for you. As for me: I would rather see “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” or Sam Raimi’s three “Spider-Man” films, all of which successfully do what this film tries and fails to do.
- Bloopers & Gag Reel
- Alternative reality Easter eggs
- 7 Features Behind the Scenes
- Action Choreography Across the Multiverse
- A Multiverse of Miscreants
- A spectacular journey on the spider with Tom Holland
- Enter Strange
- Graduation Day
- Realities collide, spiders unite
- Weaving the Web by Jon Watt
- 2 Special panels:
- The Sinister Summit – Villains Panel: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx sit down for a roundtable discussion about their awful characters.
- A Meeting of the Spiders – Heroes Panel: The Heroic Spider’s heroes sit down for a roundtable discussion about Peter, the Stunts and the tight costumes.
- 3 stories from The Daily Bugle
- Spider-Menace Strikes Again
- Spider Sycophant
- Web of Lies
- 2 Stunt Scene Perspective
- Match Apartment
- Shield Match
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