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Review: Tom Holland delivers his finest performance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. He’s no longer a kid.
Far from it.
Both the actor and his character Peter Parker grew up.
Yes, Spider-Man: No Way Home may end a trilogy.
However, it also deepens a franchise.
After Spider-Man: Homecoming, insiders revealed Marvel Studios’ endgame.
Specifically, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sought to tell a superhero’s life.
It’s never happened before.
Spider-Man: Homecoming revealed his earliest days.
However, they skipped his origin.
After all, you’ve seen it before.
Moreover, Feige doesn’t want to be stuck at home.
His goal is to move forward.
The Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies didn’t finish his story.
But Spider-Man: No Way Home lights the way here. Or darkens it.
At this point, spoilers will drop.
In the beginning, Parker is still a kid. When his secret identity is revealed, he freaks out.
In desperation, he asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for assistance.
Thus, Doctor Strange casts a spell.
His wizardry will make the world forget he’s Spider-Man.
Nevertheless, Parker panics again.
He wants his loved ones to remember.
Consequently, Doctor Strange tweaks the spell.
As a result, the multiverse is split open.
All hell breaks loose.
Villains who know Parker is Spider-Man leap into his world.
But he’s not their Parkers.
It’s a clever premise.
One by one, foes from Sony’s earlier Spider-Man movies arrive.
Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) attack a confused Spider-Man.
Likewise, Doctor Octopus is puzzled, too.
After he unmasks Spider-Man, he realizes this isn’t his Parker.
Review: Tom Holland Delivers Finest Performance In Spider-Man: No Way Home
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The opening action sequence is brilliantly crafted.
The pacing and choreography is outstanding.
Director Jon Watts has grown like his lead star.
The tone is upbeat and thrilling.
The cameo from Charlie Cox‘ Matt Murdock drew cheers.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a party, right?
Not quite. Halfway through, the lights go dark.
At that point, Spider-Man: No Way Home blasts off and never looks back.
First of all, Dafoe offers a bracing reminder of how deranged his Green Goblin was.
Of the bad guys, Dafoe is on top.
When the Green Goblin kills Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), Parker has his Uncle Ben moment.
It breaks Parker’s heart; consequently, the viewers hurt with him.
Parker loses his innocence in that moment.
Likewise, Tom Holland matures as an actor.
His profound sadness echoes Tomei’s fading life.
Her empty eyes are haunting.
Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home: Tom Holland Shines
Afterwards, the original Spider-Mans Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield enter the portal.
The loud shrieks at the screening say it all.
Seeing them again and but also together is exhilarating.
In a way, this is Feige’s The Force Awakens.
The nostalgia is through the roof.
Nevertheless, that isn’t even the money shot.
Tom Holland swinging with Maguire and Garfield is like a childhood fantasy.
Furthermore, the banter between them is hysterical.
Spider-Man: No Way Home never loses a step.
Final acts of superhero movies can be overblown.
Thankfully, Spider-Man: No Way Home avoids excess.
Throughout, Tom Holland plumbs Parker’s emotional depths.
Tom Holland captures Parker’s highs and lows.
At the end, Parker loses it all.
Nobody recognizes him, not even his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya).
His response is to throw on his costume and jump off the roof to fight crime.
That is Spider-Man.
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