Spider-Man: No Way Home
By Hervé St-Louis
December 22, 2021 - 20:48
Studios: Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Marvel Studios
Writer(s): Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei
Directed by: Jon Watts
Produced by: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Running Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Release Date: December 16, 2021
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Distributors: Sony Pictures
I was unable to review this film for a whole week. I saw it on Thursday December 16, 2021. Started the review, but then stopped. This review is not easy for me to write.
Sometimes, I ask myself what makes a classic movie that everyone just loves and remember. I think it takes just enough pathos for audiences to care for the characters and give them something to feel like they are in on the secrets, the jokes or whatever it is that they long to be part of. I Think that Spider-Man No Way Home does that. I don’t quite understand, but this mess of a film will soon become another classic.
Peter Parker is an annoying selfish bastard. There, it’s out of my system. That’s why this film exist. The silver linings here, is that the writers drew from the comics to craft this story. I care about the character, still, and I can’t wait to see more of Tom Holland in future Spider-Men films.
I am not sure what else Marvel and Sony can do with the character in the future. Once you have played with the multiverse and previous versions of Spider-man narratively, what else is left to do? Miles Morales?
The sorry situation is that while the story is close to A Brand-New Day in the comics, the comic books are exiting MCU films more and more and becoming their own mythology. It does not mater that Spider-Man is principally a comic book character. Now, trove of fans can have debates about which of the three Spider-Man from the new millennium is the most authentic one. The real Peter Parker, for me will always be the one from the 666 Marvel comic book universe, but I sound like an old man yelling at the clouds when I make such a statement.
Fan servicing in movies is making a film that does not challenge nor surprise audiences. It is about catering to that audience. Marvel Studios has mastered this. When they try something new or ground-breaking as with the Eternals, they are punished by fans and the critics. However, No Way Home will be seen as a masterpiece, even though it made no narrative sense. As everything was thrown in.
There were plot holes the size of the Grand Canyons, such as who will remember what got Spider-Man where he is at the end of the film, but that does not matter. The action distracts viewers and making them feel that a lot of stuff is happening. I got confused quickly with Spider-man on screen. There was so much on screen that I could not care. I understand that my view of this movie is probably divergent with most other people. I did not hate Spider-Man: No Way Home, but it wasn’t my favourite MCU film either.
Spider-Man: No Way Home