With “Spider-Man: No Way Home” being in theaters since Dec. 17, it’s safe to say most who cared to see the movie have done so. However, this review will not include spoilers just to be safe. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you doing? Go watch it!
“Spider-Man No Way Home” is another thrilling adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe which brings back beloved characters from past “Spider-Man” films such as Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock and Jamie Foxx as Electro.
To put it simply, this movie is incredible. Everything about it was executed perfectly. The inclusion of the past villains was seamless and didn’t feel forced like many feared. Contrary to Martin Scorsese’s negative comments about the MCU, this IS cinema.
One thing fans loved were the villains. Dafoe picked up right where he left off. His portrayal of Green Goblin stays true to the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films and is incredibly dark and brutal. He takes center stage any time he’s on screen. Same goes for Doc Ock and Electro. Alfred Molina doesn’t look a day over 50 after being digitally de-aged for the part, and Jamie Foxx, given a well-written script, is surprisingly fun to watch.
A minor problem some fans have is that Sandman and Lizard do take a major back seat to the three main villains. And while it doesn’t affect the plot, it was a bit of a disappointment for fans of the characters.
One criticism of Holland’s “Spider-Man” is that it feels like he stays in Tony Stark’s shadow throughout his first two films. In “No Way Home,” he finally comes into his own and doesn’t feel like a secondary character anymore. Holland did such a fantastic job with the character acting-wise especially in the second half of the movie. Same goes for Doctor Strange. He isn’t on screen for long, but was very entertaining to watch when he was.
Overall, I loved “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Sure it has some minor problems and a few plot holes, but it truly is one of the best films Marvel has put out. Definitely in my top five films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.