Released: 15th December 2021
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch & Willem Dafoe
Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Chris McKenna
Duration: 2hr 28mins
Genres: Action, Adventure & Fantasy.
Synopsis: With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
“With great power comes great responsibility”. If you are a massive Comic Book fan like me, hearing that phrase on the big screen had your inner child screaming for joy. I decided to watch it in 4DX. 90-95% of all 3D-4DX movies allow you to experience every punch, slap and crash you witness in real-time, which to me is the best way to be a part of the action. Plus, you get a decent back massage at the same time.
Fun Fact, in the comics, Peter had his identity exposed multiple times over the years. My favourite reveal was in Civil War #2. Peter publicly announced his identity to the world on TV to demonstrate he had confidence in the government’s new superhero registration program. We never got this big cinematic reveal when Marvel released Captain America: Civil War in 2016, as Sony owned the rights to Spider-Man at the time.
The multiverse has become an underlying tone in many movies of recent years & it allows for past, present, and future storylines to happen all at once. The appearance of five supervillains means more trouble than Peter can handle. It felt like a respectable Spider-Man supervillain convention, but my favourite was the Green Goblin.
To top it off, Willem Dafoe was back in the suit. He gives me chills & I think he is one of the best on-screen supervillains of our generation. I can’t imagine another actor playing the role. It is like producing a new Iron-Man movie without Robert Downey Jr or a Wolverine movie without Hugh Jackman. No other way would make sense.
My favourite part of the cinematography is the Mirror Dimension. Dr Strange and Peter battle it out there for the new memory stone. Dr Strange created it to contain the spell that would make everyone forget Peter as Spider-Man. It reminds me of the moment in Inception when Ariadne manipulated the cityscape by folding it on itself.
Watching a beloved character lose their mini comedic spark and break when the worse happened made this a coming of age movie. The strength & growth Peter had to find to fix things became the right angle for his development.
Maybe my view is biased, but the excitement I had throughout was hard to contain at times. I was experiencing something that a lot will say was overhyped, but our generation had the opportunity to witness Holland, Maguire & Garfield share the screen in such an epic way. Seeing them strike the famous Spider-Man pose and teaming up to battle the supervillains was something I never knew I needed.
My Star rating: 4/5.
I am excited for the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse next year & I cannot wait to see what happens to Miles and his friends.
If you came here looking for spoilers, this review was not for you. I am hoping by now you have watched the movie & you left the cinema as happy as I did. If you have not watched it yet, you are missing out. Watching this movie in the cinema is the best way, so why not treat yourself over the Christmas break & let me know what you think.
All images taken from Google Images.