Spider-Man No Way Home reviews: ‘Convoluted, scattered and stodgy’

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The latest Marvel film starring Spider-Man, No Way Home, has been promising to excite long-time fans of the hero. With a rumoured three Spider-Men in the movie, it sounds like there is a lot to wade through in the end of the movie.

The Guardian’s film critic Benjamin Lee gave No Way Home a mediocre three stars out of five.

He says No Way Home is “mostly” up to the task, but also dubbed the movie “scatted”.

He added: “While it would have been preferable to see a less convoluted plot constructed more from a desire to progress rather than regress, relying on fan service as a driving force, the script is more coherent than it could have been given the many moving parts.”

Kate Erbland from Indie Wire agreed on these sentiments by calling it “unsteady”.

Erbland noted the film’s script “spends far too long dwelling on the machinations of people and plans we already know throwing in some awkward misdirection and simply delaying the inevitable”.

She added: “The pacing suffers, and that wonderful lightness that kicked off the film soon swings between something still wackier and the kind of deep despair this particular Peter has already endured.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s John Defore even called the movie “stodgy”.

He wrote: “Who thought it was a great idea to tackle this material so soon after practically the same thing happened in 2018’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?” 

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Defore added: “That rollicking, eye-popping adventure was so fresh, funny and exciting that No Way Home can really only look stodgy in comparison.”

But there is also a lot of praise for No Way Home.

IGN writer Amelia Emberwing said: “Spider-Man: No Way Home hits all the right notes as the MCU’s latest entry. Its impact on the universe as a whole, as well as the overall emotional beats, all feel earned.”

She added: “Stellar performances meet what feels like a Saturday morning cartoon rife with all the devastating punches we’ve come to expect from this sneaky universe.”

Deadline writer Pete Hammond also gave some high praise to the latest MCU movie. He wrote: “Jon Watts, the wunderkind director discovered via the superb indie Cop Car, once again weaves his own magic on the series and creates, with the help of screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Summers, not just the best pic yet in the Spider-Man series, but truly one of the year’s best movies.” The write also praised the three main stars of the movie.

Hammond said: “[Tom] Holland, Zendaya, and [Jacob] Batalon are a priceless trio.

“And the various villains and ‘others’ who pop in and out make this pure movie fun of the highest order. Fans will be in heaven.”

Hammond did stave off mentioning the rumoured return of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, but considering the fervour surrounding No Way Home’s filming, chances are fans will see the return of the legendary cinematic heroes soon.

Spider-Man No Way Home hits cinemas tomorrow in the UK and Friday everywhere else.

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