By: Avery Eskin
The Marvel film Spiderman: No Way Home followed the story of Peter Parker, a high school student who recently had the world find out his secret identity. He is played by British actor Tom Holland, with his love interest MJ, played by Zendaya. As well as those actors, the movie featured many longtime fan favorites such as Toby Maguire, William Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Andrew Garfield who appeared in past Spider-Man films. This movie was just released on December 17th, 2021. The most important components of the movie were acting, character development and the plot.
In my opinion, Tom Holland is a fantastic actor. The way he plays Peter Parker feels so genuine and real. It is clear to see his improvement all the way back from his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. One of my favorite parts of his acting is how he portrays greif. His reactions to loss feel sincere and really pull at the audience’s heartstrings. Besides Tom, Zendaya’s acting was on point as well. Nothing incredibly special, but overall exceptional. Tobey Maguire did not seem enthusiastic but I have just chalked that up to his character being on the calmer side to begin with. The most outstanding performance I saw in that movie was William Dofoe. He played the Green Goblin. When he would switch from Norman to the Green Goblin, the audience knew simply from his expression. To me, that is a clear sign of great acting.
The character development in the movie was outstanding. Tom Holland’s character experienced the inevitable loss of his aunt, similar to the other Peter Parkers losing Uncle Ben. This gave him a reason to fight. By the end, it was clear to see he was not a highschool kid anymore and that all of his childhood wonder went away. The best character development to me however was Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker. His love interest died due to him not being able to save her. But in this film, he was able to save the love interest of another Peter Parker. This was almost like redemption for him. The film insinuated that now he will finally be able to live with himself and continue on with his life.
Finally, I can definitely say that the plot was beyond creative and enjoyable. Bringing back everyone’s favorite Spider-mans for one movie was ingenious and so fun to watch. The storyline had everything anyone could want. It included action, drama, romance, and plot twists. Seeing all three Spider-mans interact was an awesome experience and it was clear that everyone in the theatre felt the same way. The story flowed perfectly. For someone who cannot pay attention for more than five minutes, I was enthralled for two and a half hours by this movie which says a lot.