Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. If anyone really understands how nostalgia can almost fuel an entire film, it's Marvel Studios. They managed to accomplish quite a feat with two juggernaut superhero flicks in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and they're carrying that momentum well into the next phase. Spider-Man: No Way Home, the concluding film in their MCU "trilogy" of Spider-Man films, is not just a leg above what has come before it. It's also the finest live-action Spider-Man film to date.
NOTE: This review is completely spoiler-free apart from what has already (and only) been revealed in the trailers.
Spider-Man: No Way Home begins where Far From Home left off. The world is now aware that the web-slinger's real identity is Peter Parker. His life quickly becomes chaotic as he's blamed for killing the last film's villain, Mysterio, turning the world against him and his colleagues. A distraught Peter seeks the help of Doctor Strange, who conjures up a memory-altering spell that has disastrous consequences on the multiverse at large.
No Way Home takes a notably darker shift in tone...
[Willem Dafoe] turns in not only his best performance as the Green Goblin, but brings a sinister energy to the film thanks to Dafoe's dedicated acting and tremendous on-screen presence as Spider-Man's most malevolent nemesis.
The fan service here is done perfectly and to outstanding effect.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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20 December 2021
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