26 September 2023

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Director: Jon Watts, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Spider-Man has the best catchphrase: “with great power comes great responsibility”.

After being bitten by a radioactive spider as a teenager, Peter Parker’s arachnid capabilities give him amazing powers which he uses to help others. He becomes known as Spider-Man because his physical structure has been altered and enhanced to prodigious proportions with spider-like abilities, and an agility that has to be seen to be believed.

In No Way Home, we’re taken on a spectacular Spider-journey. For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood superhero’s identity is revealed, bringing his protector responsibilities into conflict with his normal life. Those he cares about most are put at risk.

He seeks help from Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game, The Power of the Dog) to restore his secret again. That’s when the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Peter has to overcome his greatest challenge yet as the future of the Multiverse is endangered, along with his own future, which could be altered forever.

Everyone knows Spider-Man possesses superhuman speed, strength, durability, instinctive reflexes, equilibrium that amazes, the ability to cause parts of his body to stick with great tenacity to most surfaces and a subconscious intuition about imminent danger.

We can relate to Peter Parker and his struggles, leading a double life, one that is simultaneously extraordinary and wild. All the while, his personal life continues to offer plenty of obstacles. He makes mistakes like humans — that’s why we relate to him. Fans feel a kinship, learning to deal with their own traumas, after seeing how the crusader deals with his tragedies.

Directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home. The 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), No Way Home transfigures itself into something atypical that’s noticeably superior to your average celluloid’s compassionate fictional character with superhuman powers.

Tom Holland (playing Spider-Man in six MCU superhero films) returns in the title role. Peter Parker may feel defeated and insecure, but there’s excitement in how Holland explores the darker side of the character.

Watching some significant bends and twirls, you get to see many familiar actors who have starred in Spider-Man movies over the past two decades. It’s an action-packed event for a few generations!

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home is out on Blu-ray and DVD

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