Friday evening was one of the greatest moments in my life, especially in the last two years. I saw Spider Man: No Way Home at the cinemas, and my first one in over two years. Since COVID started, I hadn’t visited the cinemas. I had to go alone because the only two friends I had in town this weekend were occupied at work or on personal errands. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading right now! This post is a spoiler. You have been warned.
I grew up watching Spider Man. I remember watching Tobey’s trilogy when I was young, but I hadn’t become a MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) fan until recently. I have been following the movies and TV shows for a while (I am yet to catch up on a few) but being caught up on Tobey’s and Andrew’s versions of Spider Man storylines had me hyped for this release.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first hour of the movie. The story until here brings fun and builds up to the suspense of bringing together heroes and villains from the other universes. Andrew and Tobey aren’t shown yet.
I wasn’t too thrilled about Andrew and Tobey’s entry though. I was expecting a more dramatic announcement, but that’s okay — them bonding with Tom later in the movie makes up for that downer. Even before the fight began, things started getting predictable.
Perhaps it’s just me, and perhaps it’s because I didn’t watch it with my friends in a hall packed with audience. Given COVID and reduced interest for this movie in my town, the hall was hardly filled. We had about 30 members and no one really cheered. One of my colleagues said “see it quick on the biggest screen with a large crowd”; I regret not doing that. I went to the movie with End Game vibes, didn’t meet that level.
All in all, I enjoyed the movie. Andrew’s portrayal was particularly great. When MJ falls, he drops down too and catches her well on time. The scene is a recreation of a similar version in The Amazing Spider Man series when Gwen drops and he is unable to save her. In this particular scene, we can see him tearing up. He was so emotionally invested in the character. I am his newest fan.
24 hours after the movie, I cannot stop thinking about how great these 148 minutes were.