Film: Spider-Man No Way Home
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire
Director: Jon Watts
Rating: 4 Moons
One thing that the Spider-Man films taught us was the fact that with great power come great responsibility and we’re sure Marvel follows this diktat to the T as they have managed to bring an equally engaging film in Tom Holland’s latest outing as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Directed by Jon Watts the concluding trilogy is an action-packed, emotionally charged adventure that never lets you down.
Scripted by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the film will appeal not only to the avid fans but also to the audience who might not be as invested in the Spider-verse as others. The film is a great amalgamation of humour, history, histrionics and high jinks that keeps your engagement until the very end. Spider-Man: No Way Home begins where the previous instalment Spider-Man: Far From Home ended with Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) identity out in the open proving to be a great problem not only for him but also for his friends and family. He is blamed for the death of Mysterio and projected as the ‘Enemy No.1’. The city dwellers are sharply divided in two groups of haters and supporters with the people closest to Parker- his aunt May (Marisa Tomei), classmate and girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and best pal Ned (Jack Batalon) receiving the brunt of the hapless situation as they are also charged with aiding his antics.
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In a desperate bid to regain some semblance of his situation he requests his Avengers ally Dr.Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a magic spell so that the world can forget his true identity. Dr.Strange does agree to help him but as all best laid plans go haywire so does theirs. The spell breaks open the multiverse bringing five supervillains from the other universes that were once vanquished by Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: No Way Home not only explores the multiverse and alternate realities but also maintains a strong hold on the emotions and soul. Peter learns to shoulder the responsibility of being the defender the hard way and continue to fight for what is right and what he stands for irrespective of the perils that come in his way.
Willem Dafoe returns as a menacing Norman Osborne/Green Goblin and so does Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/ Electro along with Lizard and SandMan. Along with Benedict they threaten to take the film away from our young protagonist but Holland holds his ground well and articulates an ordinary teenager’s anguish on being endowed with a gift that is a boon as well as a bane. Zendaya, is amazing and a scene stealer as she gives a fine performance of a young woman who knows her mind and is not cowed by the superheroes around her.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a truly terrific joyride with excitement, delight, surprises and remarkable twists-and-turns. The film also makes a point to drive home the fact to Peter Parker aka Spider-Man himself that he can’t have it all and to live this life demands sacrifice. The film is a must watch and undoubtedly the most crowd-pleasing web-slinger film of all time that cements the fact that Spider-Man is truly one of the most loved and popular superhero of Marvel comics.
PeepingMoon.com gives Spider-Man: No Way Home, 4 Moons