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Film REVIEW: Spider-Man: No Way Home - ★★★★★

Updated: May 3




Director: Jon Watts


Writer: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers based on Spider-Man by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko


Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalan, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire.


Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Themes: Multiverse, Superhero, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man


With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

No Way Home features several actors reprising their roles from the earlier, non-MCU Spider-Man films that were directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb.

The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the story, direction, action sequences, and the cast's performances and chemistry.

A sequel is currently in development.


Spidey swings into action to battle a fistful of big bads from his backstory.


MIX UP REVIEWS:

★★★★★



Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'Spider Man No Way Home was a great film!

The action scenes were awesome and creative.

I loved seeing all the villains from the other spider man films and seeing the other spider men.


The storyline was gripping and exciting with the perfect balance between action and character development. The ending had an awesome fight scene with everybody in it and the very end was interesting and didn't do what you expected it to do.


All and all it was a great film with great action and a great storyline.'


Adam (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'This movie was so good! I liked how there was lots of amazing fight scenes - in fact the best fight scenes I have ever seen in all the movies I have watched.

The best return is Dr. Otto Octavius. The thing about this movie is you want more to happen after the film ends because it is so interesting you want to know what happens next.

I would highly recommend this movie.'


Stewart - ★★★★★

'The film lives up to the hype! It really is fantastic, cast are all amazing and the story (as wild and out there as it is) is just fab. Film has a really good balance of action, drama, comedy, and appeals to the massive fanbase as well as just the refular cinema-goer. I can see why so many students have been to see it more than once! Brilliant :)'


Anna (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'I loved Spider-Man: No Way Home, especially when they brought in villains from other dimensions and then the 3 Spider-Men at the end.'



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Beth, Lily-Rose, Callum, Xander, Struan and Stewart went along to see the film after drama class. For Stewart was first viewing but for some of the students was the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time! It's that good!


Have you seen it yet?



BEST FILM

BEST DIRECTOR - Jon Watts WINNER: BEST ACTOR - Tom Holland

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Willem Dafoe

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Andrew Garfield

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Tobey Maguire

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Zendaya


 

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What's the backstory to Spider-Man: No Way Home


For Spider-Fans, the 'Home' saga has been essential viewing. First came 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which found Peter Parker juggling his battle against mech birdman Vulture with agonies of high school. Next came 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which New York's chirpiest vigilante hit Europe's tourist trail, butting heads with Mysterio and the Elenentals, while dreaming of a shot with snarky love interest, MJ.

With both films walking the tightrope between web-swinging action and hormone-soaked teen drama, there's nothing else in the MCU quite like it.



Now, with the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer promising seat-edge action, plot zigzags and enough clues, conspiracy theories and Easter eggs to feed a fan forum for weeks, we couldn’t be more glued to this saga if you webbed us to the wall.


"It'll be a lot of fun, and there'll be debate about it, for sure," says Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), who co-stars as Doctor Strange in this third instalment.

"It's a daring, brilliant concept..."

 


What's the Spider-Man: No Way Home plot?


The finale of Spider-Man: Far From Home was kind of a big deal, with Peter Parker unmasked as Spider-Man and plastered across every billboard in the world. You’d think that being outed as a superhero – and an Avenger to boot – would be the best day of a teenager’s life. Instant kudos. Unimaginable fame. High-fives from the jocks. Attention from the cheerleaders. But with the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer picking up the story, it doesn’t take long to see the terrible price of becoming interplanetary public property.


“I’ve been thinking,” Parker tells us in the No Way Home trailer, “about how to fix all this…”


How indeed?


Well, as the old saying goes: when in doubt, visit an egomaniac neurosurgeon turned fire-juggling sorcerer.


Parker books an appointment with the good Doctor to beg for an anonymity spell that even Strange’s sidekick, Wong, warns is too dangerous. And when the recipe goes disastrously wrong, fracturing the barriers between our world and the infinite parallel dimensions known as the Multiverse, there’s no telling what big bads from Spidey’s past could slip between the cracks.


As Strange reminds us in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer: “We tampered with the stability of space-time. The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”


 

Who's in the Spider-Man: No Way Home cast?



He’d already conquered the West End in Billy Elliot the Musical and captured hearts in 2012’s powerful tsunami drama The Impossible, but from the day he debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, it was obvious Tom Holland was born to be Spidey – nailing not only the leap ‘n’ swing of the MCU’s most dynamic character, but also the cringe ‘n’ squirm of adolescence.


“I worked for five months,” Holland told Radio 1 of his preparation. “Training every day, reading all the comics, doing all the research for this role…”


The actor might be 25 now, but Holland has only grown into the role, retaining the webslinger’s youthful energy while shouldering the character’s growing responsibilities. Meanwhile, much of Parker’s emotional depth comes via his chemistry with the Spider-Man: No Way Home cast. There’s the tender bond with Aunt May, played with a twinkle by Marisa Tomei and the surrogate-father dynamic with Stark Industries fixer ‘Happy’ Hogan (Jon Favreau).


Whenever Spidey’s world gets too dark, you can rely on nerd-with-attitude best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) for a dose of everykid comedy. Best of all, the romance between Parker and Zendaya’s (Dune) smart-tongued MJ is more spiky than slushy.


"When I did the first movie, I was 19,” she told Daily Pop of the pair’s edgy chemistry. “It's pretty special to have grown up all together.”



Allies are all well and good, but every superhero needs an adversary or two.


We’ve seen from the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer that Chocolat’s Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monsters University) will reprise his role – first seen in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 – as eight-legged mad scientist Doctor Octopus. It’s a cautious welcome back, too, for Jamie Foxx’s (Soul, Rio) one-man power station, Electro.


And if the clues in the No Way Home trailer are to be believed, that’s just the start.

 

What have we learnt from the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer?


Of course, there’s the stuff you’ve come to expect from the MCU.


Whip-smart dialogue. Characters you’d jump in front of a bullet for. Not to mention action sequences that include collapsible skyscrapers and runaway trains.


But then, this being Marvel, there’s also a whole load of theory fuel.


Most of us clocked the pumpkin bomb and maniacal laughter that practically confirms the Green Goblin will be back (probably played by Finding Nemo's Willem Dafoe).


But he might not be the only big-name returnee.


Eagle-eyed fans are convinced that the moment when Parker ducks an attack from behind at 2:26 in the trailer shows a momentary flash of The Lizard.

Meanwhile, the return of Molina’s noughties-era Doc Ock has been seized upon by the MCU hardcore as evidence that the villain will face off against Tobey Maguire’s incarnation of Spider-Man, and that The Social Network's Andrew Garfield (who wore the spider suit from 2012 to 2014) will also return to battle his old foe, Electro.


Our lips are sealed – but in the Multiverse, all bets are off.




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