Spider-Man: No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfred Molina. This is the third entry of the “Home” Spider- Man trilogy that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film, as of writing this, has become the No. 1 Hollywood title of 2021 and is quickly rising to take down “Avengers: Endgame” as the highest grossing movie of all time.
The cinematic roller coaster wastes no time plunging it’s audience into the action as it picks up right where the last movie, “Far From Home”, left off. The wall crawler’s identity is reviled to the entire city of New York thus begins our story. SUPER HERO STORY NWH being the climax of the trilogy and kicking off the Multi-Verse storyline this was an important movie to get just right. They reach with a good blend of familiar faces and new characters. Throw in a dash of the famous MCU comedy here and pounds of Spider-Man references so prominent yet subtle nods keeps the most die hard fans engaged. If you are even a tiny bit a fan of superhero films, especially the character, you will love this one.
Every cast member gives it there all with terrific performances with standout acting from 66 year old Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin. The film is easily the darkest take on Spider- Man of the trilogy but never so bleak that it drags the story down. The themes are constantly evolving going from peril and despair to extreme joy and triumph never allowing any scene to feel stale or drawn-out.
One thing that bugged me upon viewing was some of the editing in the film. From time to time dialog sounded noticeably cut or didn’t belong and a few of characters would look out of place going from one scene to the next. This did not bring down the experience but it was noted.
Overall Spider-Man: No Way Home splices genres of acton, comedy, adventure, drama and coming of age to create the thrill ride of the year that has become expected with any movie of this long existing franchise.