Directed by John Watts
Written by by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
Based on Spider-Man creates by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, & J.K. Simmons
Release Date: December 17, 2021
Running Time: 2hr 28min
[Obviously you gotta sit through the end credits!]
With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter Parker (Holland) asks Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch) 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.
The film received positive reviews for the cast’s performances and chemistry, screenplay, emotional weight, direction, action sequences, cinematography, and score. It set several pandemic box office records and has grossed over $587 million worldwide, becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2021. A sequel is in development.
I’ve no doubt said this many times already (and will no doubt continue to do so), but I have enjoyed every MCU movie thus far, and this is no exception. A lot are calling it one of the best entries in the long running franchise and it’s very easy to see why. It’s not just the breakneck action and stunning visuals, there’s also so much heart put into this. Tom Holland has grown so much in the last few years playing this character, he gets to really show off his more dramatic side. The rest of the cast is also great, from the seasoned vets (Molina and Dafoe are still amazing as Doc Oc and Green Goblin), to the newcomers. Also we got more J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson!
I saw the first Spider-Man (2002) in theaters when I was 13 and was blown away. I’ll admit, I am not super keen on the Amazing Spider-Man movies, but Andrew Garfield is still a damn good actor, and brings so much pathos and humor to his role. Maguire still gives a heartfelt performance as his version of Peter Parker, it’s like he never stopped playing the role. Seeing these three different eras of Spider-Men interact with each other was a joy to see.
So yeah, I love this movie. If you’ve been sticking with the MCU from the get go like I have, I doubt I have much convincing to do. If you’re new to it all and have been catching up, definitely see this one.
[Seriously sit through the end credits!]
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