I will start this by saying, if you are reading this review and have NOT seen this movie yet, please DO NOT read any further until you have seen the film!!
Directed by: Jon Watts
Produced by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee.
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendeya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Alfed Molina, Charlie Cox, Marisa Tomei, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield.
So here, I will begin. I saw this film on the 16th December 2021, and purposely waited a week before writing this, as I have not only been busy working but I have also been recovering from watching this film – as SO MUCH happened, and I have needed some time to recover and analyse the film, which I may add I really did enjoy, but there were bits where I felt could have been better!
The film starts off exactly where it left off from FFH, with no gaps to have the audience question whats happened in between, which is what I loved. As Peter struggles with his new found fame, where Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) revealed at the end of FFH, Peter finds no option but to run from his new found fame, and try to protect MJ by picking her up and swinging across town via his web shooters. As I have seen this scene a few times since watching it, I have noticed that the CGI could have been a lot better, but overall, this scene was fun to watch, with the music involved.
Peter then figures out what to do about his new life, and new found fame – where Happy (Jon Favreau) offers his state of the art, highly secured, home for both Peter and Aunt May to stay in, as safety and they hire a lawyer who is none other than Daredevil (Charlie Cox), who assures Peter, Aunt May, and Happy that all charges placed against him have been dropped, after Mysterio tried to frame Peter for killing him, which comes to no evidence to prosecute.
Peter then gets a lightbulb moment when talking to MJ at her work, and visits Doctor Strange to ask him to cast a spell so everyone forgets who he is, but messes up the spell after he decides he wants a handful of people to still remember him, aka MJ, Ned, Aunt May, pretty much everyone close to him. This messes up the spell Doctor Strange had just tried to cast, and it leads to trouble where Peter discovers villians have slipped through from their reality into his,which include, Doc Ock, The Sandman, Electro, and Green Goblin, who have all slipped through their parrallel universes, and into Peter’s during the spell Doctor Strange was trying to cast – before Peter messed it up!
Further into the film, Ned and MJ assist Peter in capturing each of these villians, so Doctor Strange can then send them back into their own universe’s, but Peter is persuaded by Aunt May to help them, once they discover it is their fate to die fighting Spider-Man, but whilst Pete is helping to cleanse them, he gets a spidey sense and figures that Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) is not all he seems (as he acted on wanting Peter’s help, before he turns), and this is where we find our other Spiderman’s, when Ned tries to find Peter, he ends up finding two different Peter Parkers, from different universes’ aka Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Within this stage of the film, they all meet eachother (all three spider-men), and team up to come up with an antidote to inject into each villian to heal them, and allow them to return to their own worlds, without facing their fate of dying, as they would be rid of their evil (That is not meant to sound so, erm, religious – like you see from horror films LOL). Because you would have seen NWH, if you are reading this, you will understand this scene and how heartwarming it is by the end of it – especially the scene between Doc Ock and Original Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).
By the end of the film, it is all wrapped up the way it was intended from the comics, but I felt sad for Peter (Tom Holland) as he ends up being all alone, after losing those closest to him, when he agrees for Doctor Strange to cast the spell for everyone to forget he is Spider-Man, and send everyone back to their world and to close the multiverse that was breaking through.
It did make me shed a few tears but as I have had a week to dwell over the film, I can understand that he has to be alone in order to keep his two lives separate, and also, he asked for that life, so he has to build it again – by himself.
I really did enjoy the actions of the film, the plot, and the softness between some of the villians and the Peter Parkers of each universe, which was touching. It was definitely a Coming of Age film, with a great satisfaction of the development on the character of Peter Parker living on his own and finding his own feet in the world, whilst living two lives.
I do agree with what I have seen and read online, that Sony should create a final film for Andrew Garfield to wrap up his story as Spider-Man from his universe, as I do think he deserves a final film!
Overall, a great film, great action, great music, great everything. Everyone involved did a great job and despite everyone knowing that Andrew Garfield was going to be in this film, I was still shocked to see him pop up – and I nearly cried when Tobey McGuire showed up, too – as I WAS NOT expecting that!
Great, great movie! And i hope you, yes you who’s reading this, agree with me and you enjoyed it too. And if you haven’t seen the film yet and have just read through my SPOILER review, then that’s on you – I did warn you.. NOW GO AND WATCH IT. For everyone else, did you enjoy it? Let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment below..
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For now, I rate this film ……. 5 stars!