Tom Holland plays Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
For months, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have speculated, theorized, and framed the trailers to find out what would happen in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. On Friday, they find out which predictions are correct, and expect some surprises.
Co-production Sony and Disney has been tight-lipped about much of the film’s plot, giving critics only 40 minutes to gauge the film’s cast before they screened the entire film to the press on December 13.
Reviewers have set their own rules about what constitutes a trailer, with some choosing to discuss only characters or plot points that are made public in the trailer while others choose not to. another decided to confirm or dispel the rumors that have been plaguing the internet since fans first saw a video trailer for “No Way Home.”
Probably not an introduction to tell you that critics have generally reacted favorably to Tom Holland’s third solo Spider-Man film, as the film currently holds 95% of a “Fresh” rating. ” on Rotten Tomatoes from 152 reviews.
However, if you don’t want to know more than that, now would be a good time to stop reading. While CNBC won’t be divulging key revelations for “No Way Home,” this review ranks the overall plot and offers a partial critical response to the film.
Holland has been critically acclaimed for his performance of Peter Parker, a role he breathed new life into in 2016. Holland has played Spider-Man in six MCU movies, but this particular performance is the a highlight for the young actor.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” picks up moments after the conclusion of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” 2019. Introduced to the public as Spider-Man, Peter Parker struggles with the aftermath of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The aftermath of his deadly battle with Mysterio and how his newly revealed secret identity affects those he loves most.
Cleared of all legal charges, Parker returned to school to finish his senior year under the scrutiny of colleagues and the media. The scandal has tarnished his reputation and that of his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), as all three failed to get into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because of their association with Spider-Man.
Depressed, Parker enlists the help of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell to make the world forget that he is Spider-Man. However, the spell goes awry as Parker tries to modify it to make sure friends and family still remember him.
The multiverse cracks open, unleashing villains from Sony’s two previous Spider-Man series including The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Electro.
While the film is two and a half hours long, critics note that screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers still managed to strike a balance between Parker’s personal struggles and potential menace. caused by multiverse villains.
Here’s what critics think of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ahead of Friday’s theater premiere:
Kristy Puchko writes in the review of “No Way Home” for Mashable.
It’s a longstanding joke that Spider-Man movies are often stuffed with too many villains, but “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has used a host of enemies to his advantage. Puchko notes that because previous films have told about these villains’ pasts and laid out their motivations, little is needed to explain who they are or why they are. doing what they’re doing.
Puchko, like other critics, singled out Alfred Molina, who takes on the role of Doctor Otto Octavius, aka Doc Ock, as well as Willem Dafoe, returning to the Green Goblin, for loaning special referees specifically for the movie. Both actors appeared in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise nearly two decades ago.
Puchko said: “Some people may find its film mix throughout to be too chaotic, too fan-oriented, or just too much in general. “Personally, when I look back at all the previous movies recently, I’m amazed at how [director Jon Watts] and his team have combined such disparate styles and textures together to present common themes and a familiar yet refreshing story about what it means to be a wounded hero. . “
Puchko writes: “These elements come together in a dizzyingly emotional and action-packed ballet, bolstered by impeccable visuals and an all-star cast eager to sink into delicious collisions. this sweet,” Puchko wrote. “And it’s all hit hard, perhaps more so because this reboot is the most fun of the three. So be warned: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ will mess you up. It’s not just an engaging suspense ride, not just a celebration of the Spidey fandom, not just a fun adventure, but an emotionally gripping drama that doesn’t entail major blows. its punch. “
Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch play Peter Parker and Doctor Strange in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
While there were times when “No Way Home” felt messy, “the filmmakers really understood Spider-Man,” Matt Singer wrote in his review for ScreenCrush.
“‘No Way Home’ understands that the key to Spider-Man’s allure isn’t his amazing powers or his amazing outfit, or his being a shy nerd who has hatched a hard heart after a radioactive spider bite. We like Spider-Man because he’s an asshole,” he wrote. “Peter Parker fails – repeatedly.”
The MCU’s Spider-Man has always had a degree of innocence, perhaps because he’s the youngest character iteration in recent reboots that have put him in a precarious position. His charm, intelligence, and heart are often what get him through these situations.
“There is no other superhero with so many setbacks, missteps, and total failures to his name,” he continued. “Superman always saves time. Spider-Man often does too – but often at terrible personal cost.”
It’s those flaws that have allowed the comic book character to continue to resonate with fans 60 years after his debut, Singer said. In “No Way Home”, Parker makes a lot of mistakes, but he doesn’t stop trying to fix them.
“No Way Home, with its use of old characters from previous Spider-Man movies, really gets the idea out there,” he said. “Power and responsibility are important. Seeing something through after you mess it up? That’s the mark of a true hero.”
“The first verse of ‘No Way Home’ Leah Greenblatt writes in her review for Entertainment Weekly.[It’s] a funky clash of nifty plot points and winking passages squirming across every available surface while the script tries to find its place. “
However, the movie eventually found a way to connect all those “multiplications,” as Greenblatt calls them. Much of that happens in the latter part of the movie and cannot be discussed thoroughly in a spoiler-free review.
“So it’s probably safer to just say that what at first appeared to be pure fan service turned out to be one of the best and by far the most meta thing Marvel has done, tender. , funny and a little cruel,” she said.
Tom Holland plays Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Two years ago, fans weren’t sure if Spider-Man would continue to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But “Spider-Man: No Way Home” tries to celebrate what Sony delivered in the early 2000s with the previous two Spider-Man series as well as push the MCU forward, Justin Chang said in his review. .
“It’s rare to see such bizarrely detailed gymnastics come out of an age-old company game of tug of war,” says Chang.
“No need to say too much – OK, no need to say anything – the three parallel Spider-Man universes that were once forced apart can now greet each other belatedly, in a warm, conciliatory spirit,” I said.
Chang also praised Holland’s performance. As the third actor to wear the Spidey suit in two decades, he’s done a great job in making the character stand out from those before him.
“Like his predecessors, he’s an incredibly likable person on screen, which is crucial to making this third round with Spider-Man feel like more than just a re-read,” Chang said. write. “It’s no small matter, as every Spidey cycle has to essentially follow the same arc, reaching the same rhythms and rituals of the stretch: the loneliness and isolation of superheroism, the trials and tribulations. the all-too-comprehensive ‘teenager’, the bittersweet grief of youth love, the pain of sudden, irreversible loss.”
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