Wednesday, July 6, 2022

[DVD Review]—Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

I'm probably the last blogger in the universe to write a review for last year's blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home - a.k.a. the 8th Spidey live-action movie from Sony Pictures. Why the wait? Well, I didn't see the film when it was playing in theaters, so I waited until the home media or, more specifically, the DVD. I know what many of you are thinking, "A DVD? What is this, 2002?" Listen, I review whatever the PRs send to me. In this case, it was a DVD. Shockingly, this DVD comes with a Digital code. (FYI - To all the moochers out there: Sorry, but I already redeemed the code. Find your freebies elsewhere.) 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe fans praised and rejoiced Spider-Man: No Way Home when it landed in theaters last December, taking in $1.901 billion at the worldwide box office. The 148-minute CGI-fest comic book adventure is the 27th MCU film and the first big-screen multiverse story, bringing in characters from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) and The Amazing Spider-Man duplet (2012-2015) into the Sony/MCU's Spider-Man world.  

Let's do something slightly different than my usual reviews. I'm skipping over the film's synopsis because anyone reading this has probably already seen the movie. Instead, I'll jump right into final thoughts.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is overhyped and overrated by critics and the MCU fandom. The idea of having Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire share the screen as their incarnations of Peter Parker/Spider-Man might've looked genius written on paper but ended up being an uneven mess thanks to a half-coherent plot.

Who's the villain of this pointless sequel? The Green Goblin? No. The Sandman? No. Electro? No. Doctor Octopus? No. Lizard? No. Who then? Well, it's none other than the title character - Spider-Man. Seriously, if Peter Parker hadn't attempted to change Doctor Stranger's spell, the multiverse villains wouldn't have been dragged into his world in the first place. Did the villains want mayhem? Did the villains want to take over the world? Nope. All they wanted was a chance to survive in this new world.

Yes, I know the Green Goblin/Norman Osborn became the main antagonist toward the film's ending, but the character didn't have much screen time, leading Willem Dafoe to have little to nothing to do.

Andrew Garfield has forgotten how to act, and his Spider-Man/Peter Parker's cringy dialogue didn't help him. Tobey Maguire gave a stiff performance as if he was uncomfortable with his character's dialogue. Benedict Cumberbatch gives his usual performance as Doctor Strange, but Strange felt out of character in many of his scenes. Out of the multiverse villainous lineup, Willem Dafoe seemed to be having the most fun with his maskless Green Goblin performance. Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx give decent performances. Thomas Haden Church and Rhys Ifan only returned for voice-over roles, so I don't have an opinion on them. As for the young duo (Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon), their onscreen (and offscreen) chemistry is the only thing holding the movie together. (FYI - Surprisingly, Zendaya's portrayal of MJ didn't annoy me this time.) 

Overall, I was disappointed with Spider-Man: No Way Home. The trailers and advertisements promised an epic multiverse crossover event, but instead, all I got was another predictable MCU outing with all the trimmings. If you have seen one Spider-Man movie, then you've seen all.╌★★½☆☆

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