Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review

Paul Estrada

After long anticipation, Spider-Man: No Way Home finally came out in theaters on December 17, 2021. With a budget of 200 million dollars and a box office of 1.739 billion dollars, No Way Home is a tremendous success and a must see movie, casting previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. 

After its debut, the movie received a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 4.8 out of 5 on Google. Although there were a few outliers, the overall consensus of the audience was that the movie was a hit. One of the most outstanding parts of the movie was the reappearance of the two previous Spider-Man actors and the villains from previous movies, including Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Alfred Molina (Doc Ock) and Thomas Haden Church (The Sandman). 

Many members of the audience have been following the Spider-Man franchise since the first movies in the early 2000s, with some even following from the extremely popular comic series that debuted in 1963. Newer additions to the franchise, most notably actresses Zendaya (MJ Watson), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) and actor Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), put on stunning performances. Tomei was integral to one of the most emotional scenes in which Aunt May dies as a result of Green Goblin’s attempt to corrupt Peter Parker’s morals and humanity. 

The death of Aunt May shocked the audience, creating a sense of dread for what was to come next in the suspenseful movie. Another strong point of No Way Home were the callbacks to old scenes from previous movies. We can see this during the death of Aunt May and the saving of MJ Watson by Andrew Garfield, making a reference to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where Garfield fails to rescue his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. 

With a combination of awesome action scenes, spectacular special effects, convincing performances from the cast and the splash of nostalgia we got from seeing the returning Spider-Men, it is no surprise that this movie took the world by storm. Because of the wonderful work of the actors, actresses and the staff offstage, we really saw the “amazing” in the Amazing Spider-Man.