Spider-Man: No Way Home | A Soft Reboot, The End of an Era

No Way Home, the third MCU Spider-Man film directed by Jon Watts, sees its returning cast joined by familiar faces like Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans and Thomas Haden Church, who are not only known characters actor but they’ve all been in a previous Spider-Man movie pre-MCU. It has led many of us to believe that previous Spider-Men, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will feature in this movie. Even if they weren’t leaks and rumors pointing that way it would have made sense for them to appear; and yet they’re not the ones I’m most excited to see – *cough* Charlie Cox *cough*. Anyway besides these spidey vilains and spider-men, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Benedict Wong also join Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei.

Premise: After Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man was exposed by Mysterio at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), his life and reputation are turned upside down. Parker asks Dr. Stephen Strange to help restore his secret identity with magic, but this breaks open the multiverse, allowing supervillains from alternate realities who previously fought alternate versions of Spider-Man to arrive.

Review: Despite all the leaks and rumors – that I’ve seen anyway – there’s still a fair share of surprises in this movie. Even kind of knowing what to expect it was still fun to see it realized, to see the actors in action, but this movie is a bit uneven.

Story-wise you can tell what was locked and loaded, and what was in flux in the script because some of the beats are so sleek and go so well together. For instance most of Holland’s arc, and the villain’s was great. Then you have these awkward moments that kind of work but are still weird and even cringey at times, but there’s so many exciting people in it and exciting moments happening that you can forgive it – I did. It seems I only needed a brick thrown at a window for me to be happy, the rest was extra.

The villains were something else, as a whole they were great and the actors did a fantastic job but Holland, Dafoe, Zendaya, and Tomei did an excellent job -Them and the guy who caught the brick 😉 -, their arcs were the best parts of this movie. Funny how what they worked the hardest to hide didn’t come close to what makes this movie good. Anyway, Holland nailed it here, I went from thinking his Peter Parker was the dumbest and most trusting person ever to appreciate his emotional journey after a particular fight that ended in a building lobby. I also enjoyed the way he looks lovingly at Zendaya’s M.J., who might be the best superhero girlfriend around. As for aunt May, I love how involved she is, and the way they established who she is as a person, what she believes in with just a few scenes.

Awkward moments aside, another thing that I’ve had a hard time with in this movie is how some character’s behaviors are completely different. The difference could be explained away but the contrast compared to what was and some of the others was a bit too jarring. So that and the awkward moments that felt added on are my main problems with the film. In fact, I know when I started to really like this movie, it was when his sixth sense went off in the appartement, from then on I enjoyed the movie more and more even if the problems are peppered throughout. It still had a few weird moments but I can see myself skipping to that part if I’m streaming it.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is high on emotions and fan service – there’s even a Graham Norton Show reference – but mostly marks Peter’s growth as a person – from boy to young man -, redefines and showcases his abilities – notably his strength and Spidey sense. I’m excited to see how it’ll go next.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home | Trailer 2

  • Writer: Steve Ditko & Stan Lee (Comics), Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (Screenplay),
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Star: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Alfred Molina, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx.

It’s vilain centric, there’s action but at this point – with all the leaks & rumors – I feel like I’ve seen this trailer. I still want to see this film and am glad to see the newest version of Electro in action – since he’s the one that changed the most. Although I’m not much for speculating, I’m guessing that Garfield must be the one saving Zendaya from that fall in the trailer. I also think that the other spider-men will show up at the statue of liberty. These are obvious guesses to make but I feel like I’m right.

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TV Review: What If…? (S1) | The Multiverse Saga in All Its Glory

Review: What If was an interesting ride with each episode posing their own question with surprising results. The pilot set the tone very well even if for the fans that re-watch The Infinity Saga on the regular it might have seem a bit repetitive. Just like the saga it’s mirror after some episodes held more interest and excitement for me than others, in fact each episode ended up being like the movies with the finale acting as the first Avengers (2012) movie, making this season of the show a Multiverse Saga.

Looking at each episode as a “movie” in the Multiverse Saga I do have my favorites, ones that I’d watch again. The Captain Carter episode, the T’Challa Star-Lord one, the Killmonger episode, and of course the finale are my favorites. However what’s interesting about all of them – more than the story, than the question that episode answered – is the display of powers and abilities. Throughout the season there were amazing action sequences, some more impressive – and of course easier to do in animation – than the movies. We’ve seen characters we know using their abilities and team up in a way we have yet to see in the movies, and that alone is exciting. It opens up some many possibilities for future action sequences in live action.

Another thing that What If smoothly does this season and more so in the Finale, is setting up future threat and heroes to join the live action timeline. I know a Black Widow, a Steve Rogers, or a Killmonger to name a few that would be interesting to bring into live action. In fact, if what I heard about Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is true that pocket dimension won’t be guarded for long.

What If is enjoyable and fun, visually exciting, sometimes emotionally rough and gives us a different look at the characters we know.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home | Trailer

  • Writer: Steve Ditko & Stan Lee (Comics), Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (Screenplay),
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Star: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons

It’s more a teaser than anything else, because this trailer teases a lot of characters and plots. It picks up right where Spider-Man: If you’ve somehow avoided most of the spoiler filled rumors this first look at the movie is perfect. Because we have Dr. Strange and Dr. Octopus clearly shown in it, there’s also the Green Goblin’s bomb at some point, and for those with a keen eye the electricity bolts and the sandstorm hints at Electro and Sandman. Since I expected all this I’m more excited for the confirmation of some of these rumors than what I saw in the video.

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TV Review: What If…? (Pilot) | Review

A.C. Bradley (Head writer) Bryan Andrews (Director)

CAST
Hayley Atwell
Josh Keaton
Dominic Cooper

Sebastian Stan
Jeffrey Wright

Review: When I first saw images of this show, I wasn’t impressed by the animation style at all, but enough time has passed since then for me to get used to that What If look and this first episode is so strong that it doesn’t matter. Captain America: The First Avengers (2011) is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that I’ve only seen once in fact it’s my least favorite of the films. However, it didn’t stop me from enjoying this entire episode. I bet that if the 2011 movie was fresher in my mind, it would have enhanced the experience a bit.

The pilot episode does shift the MCU in a new direction by smoothly introducing this what if scenarios. There’s a lot of story in this 30 min episode and it’s not just about the gender bending of captain America but the creation of an alternate universe with a captain that acts and moves in its own way. Captain Carter is a total brawler and yet graceful, it makes for amazing looking fight scenes that have a

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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TV Review: Good Omens (Season)

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon and adapted from “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.A novel written by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett.

The Premise – A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch. – I know it’s vague but it’s accurate and I love that description.

Review – The Tv-Show was written by Gaiman himself and it shows. It’s quircky, funny, clever and fairytale like. The tone strikes a nice balance, between all three. the fantasy, the drama and the comedy. God’s voice-over, the music, and the esthetics helps with fantasy element and the quirks in every episodes. It’s very reminiscent of Mathew Vaughn’s Stardust (2007) – that is also a novel by Gaiman. It also reminds me of Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) with Lee Pace.

The cast they’ve assembled for this is just amazing. Sheen and Tennant have, as we know, great comedic timing. It’s made even better because they are kinda playing it straight. There are tons of known characters actors that are perfect in their roles. Seeing these actors felt like little easter eggs throughout the show. Speaking that I did catch the Doctor Who references even if I’m not a whovian. It was a nice touch.

There’s a lot to love on Good Omens – Season 1. I really liked the new take on the four horsemen particularly what was done with Pestilence, and Famine’s introduction. The show is littered with clever ideas that get their across without getting preachy.

It’s a fun show worthy of a binge on Prime Vidéo.

Rating: 9 out of 10.