Review: ‘Spider-man: No Way Home’ is engaging, nostalgic

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Courtesy of The Direct

“Spider-man: No Way Home” was the final Marvel film to release in 2021. TRL’s Marisa Green said “the plot as a whole was extremely gripping and entertaining.”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a heart-wrenching rollercoaster of events that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire two-and-a-half-hour duration. Released on Dec. 17, movie theaters have remained packed, and I can’t say I’m surprised. 

The movie picks up where “Spider-Man: Far From Home” leaves off, an energizing cliffhanger that keeps you hooked from the start. Usually, the sequels in a series are poor quality and the plot-line lacks, but “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was well written and enjoyable to watch. 

While you do not have to see the previous movies dating all the way back to the early 2000’s Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3 and the “Amazing Spider-Man” series for the “No Way Home” plot to make sense, it helps to understand the background with all of the moving parts throughout the film. I could definitely see how the film could be confusing at times without knowing the character’s back story, but still entertaining to a stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “No Way Home” pays homage to the other Spider-Man movies that die-hard Marvel fans won’t want to miss. 

The cast consists of the returning characters from “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” but also takes a surprising twist halfway through, that without any research, you’d never guess. The cast brings a sense of nostalgia for older Marvel movies and brings something new to the MCU storyline. 

“No Way Home” has topped all Sony Pictures’ films with a current net gross of $1.3 billion at the box office. The film’s success is expected, consisting of an all-star cast in the MCU. 

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has an underlying theme of love and friendship that balances out the action and violence of the film. The story follows Peter Parker’s continuous faith in humanity, as he attempts to navigate his teenage years as Spider-Man. 

Overall, the movie can be difficult to follow, but the plot as a whole was extremely gripping and entertaining. The movie keeps you engaged, and in my opinion, “No Way Home” is one of the best Marvel movies made so far. I am eager to see what the franchise has to offer in their next movie. 

Rating: A