Movie Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home

Movie Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home
To preface this review, I am a fan of the Spider-Man films, and I believe I have seen all of them, although for some of them it was years ago. I'm also a big fan of Tom Holland in the title role, and he does very well in this film. 

It's going to be hard to write a synopsis of this film without giving away spoilers, so here is IMDB's synopsis: With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

If you've watched Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, you'll know that the concept of a "multiverse" has happened before in Spider-Man films, and this is what we get in this movie, along with multiple villains: a "who's who" list of many villains that all iterations of Peter Parker have defeated. This universe's Peter Parker (Holland) doesn't entirely know what to do with them, so for now, he imprisons them in Dr. Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch's) basement. 

Zendaya is back as MJ, Peter Parker's girlfriend, and Jacob Batalon is also back as Ned, his best friend, and both of them round out a great supporting cast. To say anything more about which OTHER cast members show up would be to give away spoilers, and although some reviews I've read have done that, I'd rather let you experience the magic for yourselves. 

Be aware that the movie also has TWO credits scenes—one is mid-credits and the other is post-credits, and that one plays more like an extended trailer for another Marvel universe movie. 

I'll also mention that the movie has approximately a 2.5 hour runtime, and although I did use the bathroom once during the film, I was struggling to find the best time to run over there, since the movie is so action-packed. The action-packedness (is that a word?) of the movie is also to its detriment, unfortunately; I did think that they tried to pack TOO much into the plot, and as a result, it suffered a bit. However, it's overall definitely still a fun film. 

Yes, see this movie, and definitely see it in the theater if you can. I saw it in 2D, and I can't imagine seeing it in 3D, because Spider-Man swings effortlessly through the streets of NYC, and I would think that the 3D would be amazing but also a bit distracting. The screening I saw of Spider-Man: No Way Home was in the EMAX theater at Emagine Royal Oak, though, and I highly recommend seeing it on the biggest screen possible, so that was a treat.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be in theaters this Thursday night, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes. 4 stars out of 5. 

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