Movie Review – Spiderman – No Way Home (2021)

I finally got to see it, 3.5 readers and it is the best Spiderman movie ever made.

BQB here with a review of the latest film about our friendly neighborhood webslinger.

Don’t get me wrong. All the Spidey films have heart and the first two installments of the Tobey Maguire version really did bring superhero films into the modern era. Without them, I doubt you’d have the Avengerfest of today. The Andrew Garfield films were fun though I think maybe they just came too close on the heels of the Tobey films and the world wasn’t ready for a reboot just yet.

The past two Tom Holland films were epic, owing in large part to the Avengers-verse that Marvel has created. When a rich, backstory filled structure has been built, it isn’t that hard for a new Spidey to come in and sling his way into the 2020s with great gusto.

Following Mysterio’s big reveal that Spiderman is Peter Parker in the last film, the anonymity jig is up for Peter (Holland), and his partners in crime, girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and BFF Ned (Jacob Batalon). Their lives are ruined under intense public scrutiny as the wall crawler and anyone who assisted him is raked over the coals by media blabbermouth J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons).

When Pete seeks the assistance of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the great wizard agrees to help with a spell that will make everyone forget that Pete is Spidey, but Pete’s own blabbermouth during the incantation causes the spell to go awry and well, the rest is movie making history.

Magic makes worlds collide and those older Spiderman movies? Turns out they weren’t just movies. They were alternate worlds. The multi-verse is real, with infinite versions of you, me, Spiderman and his foes.

Truly a Herculean effort that required cooperation between different studios and different actors of various incarnations of the franchise. Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, The Lizard, and Sandman team up to unleash chaos in our current world and it’s up to Team 3-Pete, Holland, Garfield and Maguire (three Spideys, no waiting) to save the day while Willem Defoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Thomas Haden Church, and Rhys Ivans reprise their villainous roles. Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau return as Aunt May and Happy Hogan.

At almost 2 and a half hours, it’s the longest Spiderman movie ever made, though there’s so much going on you’d hardly notice it. It’s quite ambitious with a lot of moving parts, my only criticism is it feels like there might be a few plot holes but honestly, I couldn’t tell you if these are really plot holes of if it’s just something I didn’t quite get on a first viewing with everything moving so quickly.

It’s definitely a movie we all needed, what with the pandemic scaring movie buffs out of theaters, closing theaters, and causing Hollywood to shut down or delay production of big time flicks. Personally, this is the longest I’ve gone without checking out a superhero movie, because a) I literally was unable to buy a ticket at my local theater for the first month because every time I tried they were all sold out online and b) alas, my local theater closed down because it couldn’t stay afloat in the pandemic, which means I just won’t be able to see movies as much as I used to. Is that a good or bad thing? I don’t know.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy, and proof that people will go to the movie theater if a film is awesome enough. Hang in there Hollywood, keep making those blockbusters and try to help theaters stay alive any way you can.

SIDENOTE: 40, 30 and 20 something Spidermen all on one screen. Where has the time gone? Memories, like the corners of my webbed up mind…

DOUBLE SIDENOTE: Kudos to this movie for thinking of a new way to rehash old(er) characters. The problem all superhero reboots and sequels suffer from is we’ve already seen the story before. We don’t need to see Pete get bitten by the radioactive spider again. We don’t need to see Norman Osborne go nuts and become G-Gob. Sure, younger actors can take on these characters but it usually just feels like a rehash of something that has already been done. With the spell gone awry plot device, we can immediately return to our old Spidey baddy faves without having to re-tell the stories we already know.

TRIPLE SIDENOTE: I know the Academy hates comic book movies but I wonder, given the fact this film put butts into theater seats in record numbers at a time when theaters are closing and people are avoiding social gatherings might not have merited some Oscar consideration. If theaters do go the way of the Dodo, I truly fear we will see a stark decline in the quality of moviemaking overall and we need films like this to save the industry.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Review – Spiderman – No Way Home (2021)

  1. Chel Owens says:

    Good sidenotes. I didn’t get to see it, so thanks for ruining the plot -oh wait, if I don’t want it ruined, why did I choose to read your review? 😉

    Seriously, though, I agree about seeing the back story again and again. I felt like that with Batman. Stop shooting his parents already!

    And I think movie theaters are dying dying dead. We’re isolating ourselves as much as we can. Pandemic, work at home, Door Dash, mail-in voting.. We’re all becoming “The Net” without the horror anymore.

    • Oh sorry….I don’t think I revealed anything that wasn’t in the trailer though. I guess Tobey and Andrew weren’t in the trailer but we knew they were coming.

      I was very sad my local theater closed. I had to take a bit of a hike to see this one. Previews for Uncharted coming out next week and The Batman coming out in March look good but I’m not sure I’ll make the trip to see them or wait till they come out on demand.

      Door Dash was a terrible invention. Did I mention I wrote a book about a guy who goes to work for an online shopping service, gets a bunch of strange orders from one man (rope, knives, chains etc) and suspects him of evil doings? The running joke is people order like, a bag of apples but if the store is out the app has him buy something ridiculous, like an autographed photo of Abe Vigoda. I used online grocery shopping a lot during the height of the pandemic and it was always like a crapshoot. I order bread. Something absurd arrives instead. I’m left scratching my head thinking why would someone think I wanted this when I wanted bread?

      • Chel Owens says:

        That sucks about your experience. The funniest for me was getting 9 lbs of green beans when I ordered one bag.. maybe the app added one whenever I scrolled?

        The second most funny was when I ordered an XBox One controller and they substituted with a Nintendo Switch one. Given the demand for those things later, I probs should have hung onto it.

      • i ordered 4 bananas and they brought four bunches. I probably hit bunches instead of individual but surely the buyer should have inquired if i really want that, do i have a house full of hungry monkeys or what.

        I ordered swiffer pads and they tried to bring me a new swiffer. A few other things I can’t remember but I’ll think of later. They have brought me other people’s entire orders.

        Pre pandemic they used to come in, bring it to your kitchen and go over it all with you. I feel like not having to look a person in the eye and act like 4 bushels of bananas makes it easier for them to do dumb things. Now they just do a drive by, toss it out the window so it hits your doorstep and drive away

        oh doordash has left me fun interesting photos of my dinner on doorsteps of exotic places that werent my house. I always wonder if those people walked out on their doorstep in the morning and wondering why they have a free dinner. Alas it was left out all night they can’t enjoy it.

      • Chel Owens says:

        Man, that sucks. I’ll admit I didn’t use delivery before COVID and having this last baby.

        I laughed at the image of 4 bunches of banana flying out the window of some crap car as it speeds away…

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