Spider-Man steals the screen

“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” released Dec. 17, premiered an astounding $253 million on opening weekend, living up to my high expectations for a movie you won’t forget.

     As one of the most anticipated movies of 2021, tickets were hard to come by on the opening weekend. When I went, I spent the night laughing, clapping, and screaming with the rest of the film’s audience. 

     Marvel Studios made two previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring actor Tom Holland as Spider-Man. “No Way Home” is the third installment in the Holland-Spider-Man trilogy.  

     Before Holland’s incarnation of the character, two actors donned the Spider-Man suit in their own movies. Throughout the 2000s to 2010s, Tobey Maguire starred in three Spider-Man films, followed by Andrew Garfield’s two renditions. I loved the way the two past actors were incorporated into “No Way Home,” with the new and old Spider-Men interacting well. 

     Shortly after Garfield and Maguire’s Spider-Men arrive in Holland’s universe, Holland’s Spider-man is found. Introductions transpired, followed by a heartfelt talk about the ones they have lost. This scene was well scripted and it helped the audience recall the significance of the topics that were touched, for example, when Garfield’s Peter explained how he lost his girlfriend and when Maguire’s Peter explained how he lost his uncle. As well as, when they all shared the line that “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

     The chemistry between the actors was especially memorable because the film showed how much they enjoyed each other on and off-screen. Soon, they go to a lab to create cures for the villains. During this time, Peter’s best friend, Ned Leeds, has a difficult time addressing the correct Peter, and they all point at each other to figure out which Peter he is addressing. This was a recreation of a meme from an episode of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, which was a cool and funny hidden surprise for fans.

     The Spider-Men had multiple interesting conversations about their powers and lives, and they all shared a moment of brotherly love. During the final battle, Garfield’s Spider-Man sees Holland’s Perter’s girlfriend MJ fall, so he leaps to catch her. In Garfield’s last movie his girlfriend Gwen was pushed down a clock tower where she died because he was unable to catch her the correct way. That this scene was a redemption for Garfield’s Peter, knowing that he did it right this time. This scene was filled with sentiment as Holland’s Peter was guided to make the right decisions. It was full of emotion and left me feeling sorry for Peter. 

     As the film ends with Holland’s Peter being forgotten by the world after a spell casted by Doctor Strange, I was overcome with emotions. I felt that the choice that Peter made to sacrifice any memory of Peter Parker, was extremely difficult and challenging, and he was courageous to do it knowing that he would be alone.

     With Spider-Man No Way Home, three generations of fans were able to come together and still be satisfied with the production’s results. The cast, writing, editing, and animation were amazing. The movie was made exceptionally, with each scene detailed, enriching, and flawlessly constructed. Overall I really enjoyed the film and I can’t wait to see more in the next film.