Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Blu-ray

Review by Lauryn Angel

There are a lot of rumors and speculation floating around about Spider-Man: No Way Home, resulting in a lot of high expectations. I tried to remain as spoiler-free as possible by avoiding reviews and discussions of the trailers, but, of course, went in with the knowledge from the trailer that Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and other villains from previous installments of the franchise would at least make an appearance thanks to a spell Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) performs that goes awry. The main question I had was whether the movie could possibly live up to all the hype that’s been built up around it.

I’m pleased to say that for me, it not only lived up to the hype, but surpassed it. This is definitely the best of the Spider-Man movies, and it’s made for the fans. I walked out of the theater with one word in my mind: Amazing.

I can’t stress it enough: Go in knowing as little as possible about the film so the surprises have the greatest impact. And if you’re comfortable, see it in the theater, because this is very much a movie for Spider-Man fans, and seeing it with a group of people cheering and reacting makes the movie even more fun. That said, this movie has a darker tone than the previous movies with Tom Holland’s Spidey, as Peter Parker is forced to do some growing up. (Strange’s exasperation at Parker’s antics helps to bring home this development to the audience.)

Because the movie brings in villains from the Sami Raimi and Marc Webb’s previous Spider-Man films, it’s a good idea to rewatch them if you haven’t seen them in a while, because, aside from some brief comments, their back-stories aren’t discussed; writers Chris McKenna and Erik Summers waste no time rehashing old plots. That said, if you haven’t seen the previous movies, you won’t be lost, as the current action is more important than what the multiverse-traversing characters did in the past.

The bottom line is that if you’re a Spider-Man fan or just a fan of super-hero movies, you need to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, and you need to see it as soon as you can, going in as spoiler-free as possible.

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