Spider-Man: No Way Home (AU - M/UK - 12A/US - PG-13)

In A Word: Unforgettable 

Spider Man No Way Home

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Zendaya as MJ in Columbia Pictures' 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'. PICTURE: Courtesy of Sony Pictures.

The third Spider-Man film made as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe manages to do the almost impossible. Casting a web of plot and characters that stretches across the 27 MCU films and all the previous Spider-Man films, No Way Home finds a way of bringing it all together in a truly amazing cinematic experience.

"What begins as a request to make the world forget who Spider-Man is ends up being an unforgettable experience. Those that have followed Spider-Man’s journey across nearly two decades of films will be the most richly rewarded."

Following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) life is turned upside down when his secret identity is publicly revealed and he is accused of murder. Spidey’s girlfriend, MJ (Zendaya), and best friend, Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), also become victims of the public’s ire. In desperation, Peter seeks the help of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who believes the problem can be solved with a spell that will make everyone forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. When the spell goes terribly wrong, enemies from across time, space and the multiverse come crashing into Peter’s world.

What begins as a request to make the world forget who Spider-Man is ends up being an unforgettable experience. Those that have followed Spider-Man’s journey across nearly two decades of films will be the most richly rewarded.

The innovative plot weaves together familiar faces and loose threads from throughout the films history. The cinema literally exploded in screams and cheers at multiple times in my viewing. Such fan service is more than a stunt, it all works together in a cohesive plot that never loses the heart of its characters. The undeniable chemistry between Holland and Zendaya ignites the screen and the emotional temperature ranges from laugh-out-loud hysterics to legitimate tear-jerking scenes. 

Director Jon Watts skillfully injects meaning and depth into an experience that has all the spectacular action and amazing special effects that we have come to expect. Spider-Man swings, flips and shoots at a frantic pace, but the action never overshadows the characters and their profound emotional journey. 

The theme of Spider-Man: No Way Home builds upon the classic catchphrase, “With great power comes great responsibility". The film delves into the meaning of responsibility by introducing villains that are now stranded in our dimension from across the multiverse. These inter dimensional meta-humans are literally homeless, with no way home and no one who cares for them. Peter learns what it means to be truly responsible for those who society would rather forget. In doing so Spider-Man will be moulded by sacrifice and forgiveness - for these are the qualities of a true hero.