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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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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The 5th Wave | Or the fifth major YA misopportunity

Based on Rick Yancey’s novel of the same name J Blakeson delivered a silver screen adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, and Liev Schreiber.

Premise: Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Review: The 5th Wave book was a pleasant surprise when I read so I was looking forward to the movie. Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie made sense to me,  alleviating any worries I might have had about a silver screen adaptation.

Beat by beat the movie reflected the book. It was nice, at first, to see it take form but that feeling kind of died down. The movie wasn’t hitting all the marks. The comedic  was off, the the acting wasn’t always amazing, but overall the biggest problem was the pacing. They tried to cram a lot in a limited amount of time and failed to time it out perfectly. It’s not clear how much time goes by, which makes bonds between the characters look too weak for them to care that much about one another, or the skills these kid soldier have really easy to acquire.

The few changes they made to the story was smart, and some of the action scenes were well done, but these efforts became obsolete with the way the movie was directed and edited. And for some obscure reason I feel like the budget was spent poorly. I don’t know why,  I guess it looks that way.

The 5th Wave remains an entertaining movie but it feels more like a teen flick for prepubescent tweets than a Young Adult movie.

What’s your take on it?

The 5th Wave | Trailer

Reaction: I expected a trailer for it soon but it still surprised me when it came out. I watched it a few times and I’ve got admit it looks exactly like what I remembered in the book, so it seems very faithful to the book and that worries me a little. I don’t know if I’m excited to see it anymore but I’m curious to see how it will turn out.

What about you? Are you excited for it?