Spider-Man: No Way Home: Movie Review

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"Spider-Man: No Way Home" is probably the simplest and most ambitious narrative that Marvel has brought into the table. Unsurprisingly, it’s a massive film with a massive cast and massive experience. And like how Marvel has almost always done it, the onslaught and the magnitude and the challenge to execute these epic storylines are unparalleled. "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is no exception to this rule as the film excels and surprises in more ways than you could ever imagine.
Right after the events of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, Spider-Man’s identity has been revealed. This unsurprisingly brings a lot of chaos into Peter Parker’s life but unexpectedly putting those he cares most at risk. Desperate to fix things, he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret identity. But the spell was cast unsuccessfully and it tears a multiverse hole in their world - releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man from various universes. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenges yet but can he do it on his own?
With its nostalgic elements and heartfelt moments, we wanted to give “Spider-Man: No Way Home” that rare perfect score. But we must admit that the film had its flaws and no way is it perfect. In fact, it had the typical flourishes that some would consider as problematic for modern superhero films. For example, the latter portions of the film became a CGI-bloated affair that certainly broke some of its magic. The villains featured in this film came from previous films but some were completely left out or put on the sidelines. Lizard and Sandman in particular felt unnecessary additions into the film. And the root of all this madness, Peter’s incessant banter while Doctor Strange was chanting the spell, was both amusing due to its simplicity and a pretty stupid reason to start with in our opinion. But these are problems that we considered extremely petty in the context of what “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was able to achieve in terms of its impact on past films and the future of the MCU franchise. Without spoiling much, the narrative found a way to “fix” things. Some expected and some unexpected. And most characters in this film will have their own sense of redemption which made this a very satisfying and emotional experience for us. In terms of the future, it properly provides a jumping point to introduce endless possibilities for the MCU to jump off. The execution in terms of how it was able to play with our emotions (from laughter, joy, sadness, contemplation) was unparalleled and one that still amazes us when we think back about it days after watching the film.   
Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- it found a way to fix the past in more ways than you can imagine
- an emotional and satsifying experience especially for Spider-Man fans

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some of the characters were completely left out and felt unnecessary
- turns into a CGI-fueled film in its latter portions
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