With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Spoiler-free review up ahead.
I went into Spider-man: No Way Home expecting a thorough action flick with solid plot points and not much else. But boy-oh-boy was I in for a treat! It was probably the only time I heard the audience cheer for the super-villains in a movie.
Every rumor you heard about No Way Home is true! And the plot execution is amazing, to say the least. The cameos are brilliant, the humor is top-notch and the best part is how they bob and weave from the audience making us go "did he actually say that?."
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The character arcs are about as numerous as the number of multiverse realities themself in this plot vehicle. The MCU is so self-aware and meta that it is delightful and rare to see MCU punchlines work on more than two levels, but the meta factor of these jokes keeps going like an infinity mirror. Marvel brings in various aspects of the audience's reality ( read as opinions ) to build the nuances and canon of their fictional multiverse - probably a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Obviously, I will only stick to the characters who are already out in the trailers such as The Green Goblin ( William Dafoe ), Doc Ock ( Alfred Molina ), Sandman ( Thomas Haden Church ), and Electro ( Jamie Foxx ).
William Dafoe is hands down the most naturally menacing and respectable villain according to me in Spiderverse. Dafoe shines as the complex superstrong psychopath in this flick.
Alfred Molina as Doctor "Doc Ock" Otto Octavius is almost as good as Dafoe, playing his part of the troubled scientist to perfection. Next, the Sandman and Electro are really good as well played by Church and Foxx.
Marissa Tomei's Aunt May gets considerable screen time in this movie, adding to Spidey's character arc. Zendaya's MJ and Jacob Batalon's 'guy in the chair' Ned literally form the backbone of this movie along with Dr. Strange.
Stan Lee is one cameo that I'm sure everybody would have missed. A CGI Stan would have been nice, even if for a few seconds.
Should You Watch It? - Yes!
It is best to go in to watch Spiderman: No Way Home without any prior expectations to enjoy it fully. You are bound to be pleasantly surprised and probably shocked in a few places with a few of their jumpscares. Go ahead and give this a watch! You won't be disappointed.
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