To begin, I would like to issue a spoiler warning. I know this may seem redundant, but I still would like to issue one due to the film’s popularity; I find it necessary.
Now that that is out of the way, after watching this film, all I have to say is “WOW.” This is a true masterclass of cinema that still somehow left me with mixed feelings.
The film doesn’t make sense; I still can’t understand how the spell worked and how the ending came to fruition, which is excellent. I didn’t need clarity or rationale; instead, I got a coming-of-age film in the first two films; Tom Holland got billed to be the next Tony Stark; he became Spiderman and Peter Parker in this movie.
The movie began after the ending of Spider-Man: Far from Home, as Holland’s identity had been revealed by J. Jonah Jameson in addition to framing him for Mysterio’s death. This was the first time someone revealed Spider-Man’s identity in cinematic history. It was essentially the end of his world, which led to Peter enlisting the aid of Doctor Strange and trying to fix his life.
The writing and plot left me conflicted, although the movie did not feel dragged out, which is usually the case for some blockbuster films. I thought that the movie did rely a bit too heavily on nostalgia and the audience knowing the characters. After watching the movie, I agree with Wong, and I now understand why he wanted to be left out of the situation.
Peter’s credulity led to a multitude of problems. However, I know why he decided to try to cure the villains, Which were due to Aunt May’s influence and the guilt he felt behind Mysterio’s death. However, I don”t understand why some villains deserved a cure, such as “The Lizard,” who had true evil motivations. Additionally, since everyone in the world and other universes forgets who Peter Parker is, how does this affect the other Spider-Men?
I was left with many questions, and I guess this is what happens when you mix magic and the multiverse. However, the pivotal point of the film had to be Aunt May’s death which was essential to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man character arc. He needed this, and he got his first “With great power comes great responsibility” line from her.
It was genius to put all of the three of the Spider-Men together; it was also great to see how Andrew Garfield put a lot of effort into his role. You could tell that he knew that his image was on the line and that the other two Spider-Men would already have the advantage. It did suck to see that they didn’t say I love you back when he did, and he was the best out of the three, in my opinion.
However, my personal favorite Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, left a bit to be desired; he just seemed to be a bit out of it at the beginning of his cameo. You could see that he took the backseat, which is not good; I understand the passing of the torch moment, but to do it overtly was something that I was not a fan of. I also think that Tobey should have been the leader; he was the most mature, and although Tom was in The Avengers, he was never working within the team in any leadership capacity. Nonetheless, it was remarkable to see Toby stop Holland from letting his rage consume him and make the same mistake that he did.
The overall acting was spectacular and was the pinnacle of the film; every villain was excellent in their role, especially William Dafoe as Green Goblin and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock.
It was a sentimental masterpiece when Alfred got to see Tobey all grown up, and it was very wholesome.
The writers put William Dafoe and his diabolical Green Goblin side on full display as Dafoe abandoned the mask, and we had to see his terrifying facial expressions. It was satisfying to see him beat down by Holland because of what he took away from him. Zendaya was also superb as her chemistry with Tom Holland is match-made in heaven, and the fact that their relationship got completely scrapped now sucks.
Ultimately, I would say that it was a good film, something that Holland’s Spider-Man needed. He is now back to being the “Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman” since he has taken on cosmic-sized threats and has saved the world. It will be interesting to see how his character goes from now.
It’s now time for Miles Morales; as Jamie Foxx alluded to a “Black Spider Man,” I think that the future of the superhero is in great shape.