By Natasha Kangrga
Homecoming, Far From Home, and now No Way Home. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? This movie has captured $260 million over the weekend after its initial release, it set record breaking ticket sales, and ranks as the second largest North-American opening in box office history. But is it all that good?
Here’s a quick recap and spoilers are included!
At the end of Far From Home, when Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio reveals to the public that Spider-Man “attacked him” and “has an army of weaponized drones from Stark Technology”, Spider-Man’s reputation is ruined. To make things worse, J. Jonah Jameson reports to the public that Spider-Man is responsible for “the brutal murder of Mysterio” and his identity is revealed. The world now learns that their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is the one and only… Peter Parker. Great.
Things aren’t any better considering Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is the most child-like of the three Spider-Men. He’s treated differently from the other Avengers and he has to do a lot to earn their respect. Though it’s annoying that the other Avengers never really realized his full potential because of his age, Parker doesn’t help his cause when he makes a request that involves such a huge risk for the universe just so his friends, MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) can go to the college of their choice: he wants everyone to forget who he is.
Of course the spell goes wrong – or there would be “a way home”.
The return of previous Spider-Man actors and characters is the consequence of the unsuccessful spell, and one of the reasons this movie was so highly anticipated. We get to experience the villainy of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), Dr. Curtis Connors (Rhys Ifans), and Electro (Jamie Foxx).
These characters are given a second chance at life in Holland’s universe – but then Doctor Strange demands that Peter swing around the city, capture them all, and send them back. Of course Peter doesn’t agree with trapping them and sending them back to their universes to die, so he chooses to do the “right thing”: He wants to give them a new lease on life as the people they were before they became villains.
…Spider-Man: No Way Home is all that good.
However, there are obviously some flaws in this movie.
Something irritating is the change in Garfield’s Peter Parker. Even with his Spider-Man already being cockier than the other two, he manages to be even more obnoxious in this movie, needing to let others know how successful he is. This behaviour bothered me because I was not used to this attitude. It’s as if the actor or the script writers forgot who the real Peter is.
In addition, the entirety of the plot being based on Holland’s Peter Parker wanting the world to forget who he is so his friends can go to college seems unrealistic. Sure, I don’t blame the guy for wanting the world to forget who he is because they all hate him – but doing something so risky seems a bit extreme for his reasoning in the movie. And isn’t Doctor Strange some wise man? Why would a wise man agree to this?
Even though the flaws in the movie can be aggravating, there are plenty of enjoyable moments to make up for it.
I loved being reminded of older characters and their stories, especially past Spider-Man moments that are sacred. For example, we know from earlier Spider-Man movies that both Peter Parkers allowed the thief to escape because they were angry. Because of this, their uncle died. In the attempt to redeem themselves for an act they regret most, each Spider-Man makes an effort to save people on the verge of death. One might argue that the greatest save is Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man rescuing MJ from her death, enabling him to redeem himself for an event that left him feeling dead inside. One could also add that the audience feels just as whole after witnessing this moment.
All in all, the movie is definitely worth seeing.
No Way Home is a compelling story with fun ideas and interesting concepts. It’s a classic action packed Marvel movie with a John Hughes twist incorporating complicated ideas about multi-verses while still integrating fun and silly teenage antics. This movie was a fantastic Marvel movie and I think everyone should watch it at least once.