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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Having grown up with Spider-Man comics, games, cartoons and the Sam Raimi trilogy, I can get quite sentimental about the character if you catch me at the right time. This film really relies on that sentimentality – there’s a lot of fan service – but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. It’s a lot more thoughtful than the “do you remember this thing you liked?” approach that they could’ve taken, and for the most part it held together pretty well. 

I have my gripes. For everything that made me think “wow that’s a great idea”, there was something else that made me groan and roll my eyes. There are some things I’m not sure make complete sense, and some reactions to situations didn’t ring entirely authentic. There’s a lot going on in this, though, so I can forgive a lot of it given the ambition of scale that this was made with. On the whole, there aren’t any problems that I don’t regularly have with Marvel movies anyway. 

Something that it does very well is create and play on emotion. There were multiple points where I could feel myself choking up, and I think that’s down to how likeable a character Spider-Man is. Whether his films are good or bad, the one thing that tends to remain constant is that he’s someone worth rooting for, and this is the film that really leans into that in more ways than one. Make of that what you will.

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