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Film review: The new Spiderman MOVIE gave us many thoughts. Here they are.

Disclaimer: Spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution. 

“I love you,” said Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker to the two other Peter Parkers.

“Same,” I said to the three of them on the giant screen before me. 

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ was the most important one of all (none) of my weekend engagements. I mean, I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all so saying I was excited is an understatement. I’m pleased and proud to say that I was not disappointed. 

The Jon Watts directorial venture starts off where the previous movie, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, left, with Mysterio dead and Peter Parker’s identity exposed. It’s safe to say, he gets a lot of attention, but for all the wrong reasons.

The malice-spewing J. Jonah Jameson gets fodder for his campaign of wrath against Peter and the people decide that they also hate Peter because mob mentality is a real thing and Mysterio is an incredibly convincing liar.

So, now the whole world knows that Peter Parker is Spiderman, but promptly forgets that he’s also a kid. Besides him, his best friend, Ned, his lady love, MJ and his aunt, May are also equal targets, simply by the rule of association. His house is hounded by the media and universities don’t want anything to do with the lot. 

When they lose out on a chance to go to MIT because of the controversy, Peter approaches resident magician Dr. Stephen Strange. He asks him to cast a spell that will reverse what Mysterio did so that his friends don’t suffer because of him. Strange is convinced but the spell goes terribly wrong and that’s where the whole mess begins. 

The movie is paced just right and doesn’t feel too rushed or too dragged, but definitely keeps you on your toes. A cinematic crossover of epic proportions, it brings the three worlds together seamlessly. 

Tom Holland steps back into his role with ease, delivering a consistent and credible teenaged Peter who just can’t seem to catch a break. But indeed, the stars of the show are Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. 

Maguire as Peter Parker is beautiful, showing the maturity and grace of age with the boyish charm that is so typical of Parker. Garfield brings the adorable awkwardness of his Peter in right proportions, muting it with the tell of time. 

Their presence is absolutely the most iconic part of the film and frankly, I’m not ashamed of my emotional screeching. 

A plethora of other wildly popular faces, including Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius and Wilem Dafoe as Norman Osborn, the OG’s if you will, deserve their own honourable mentions. 

All in all, the film feels like an arc of completion for Peter, but in an emotional sense. His loss and transition into a tragically lonely life seems to be an indication of some sort of maturity and the new chapter of university. MJ, Ned and Happy must find him all over again, but perhaps he’s ready for what’s to come. 

An avid reader and writer, Manaal is known for her passion for telling stories. This passion results in her reading everywhere, on the metro, bus, and even in her dreams. In the rare instance, she isn't absorbed in a book, she can be found cuddling with cats, sleeping, and collecting an obscene amount of shoes.

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