I love Spider-Man, he is my third favorite comic book character and I think Tom Holland is the best person ever to play him onscreen. I had planned to see this over Xmas but of course, COVID closed the theaters where I live, so I had to wait until February BUT the good news here, it was worth the wait!
It's been a LONG time since this came out but I'm sure there are people like me who haven't seen it. So SPOILER ALERT, there is no way to talk about this without revealing details, STOP NOW if you haven't seen it (or care about such things.)
I think I may be fair to call this Fan Service: The Movie BUT I think the right amount and kind of fan service can be a GREAT thing, such is the case here! This movie gave me so much of what I wanted to see! Not 1 but 2 other people who played spidey! Electro, Doc Ock, Sandman, Daredevil (well Matt Murdock), Venom (that one I only mildly cared about), Wang, and of course Green Goblin. I thought the special effects and the actions were great, despite a serious storyline there was plenty of humor sprinkled in.
Holland has really grown into the role and gives us the Spider-Man who is very relatable, someone who is faced with constantly making tough choices and who struggles to always do what is right not just for the world but to protect those he loves and cares for, he also has to deal with great loss, anger, and obstacles in this movie.
Having all 3 Spider-Men not only meet but work together, talk and fight together? LOVED IT! It was the kind of thing I always wanted to read in a comic (and yes I'm sure it happened but like any property, I haven't read everything Spider-Man). I enjoyed the twist of having a younger Aunt May die and SHE gives the great power speech rather than Uncle Ben.
The redemption of all of the villains despite the cost (and confrontation with Strange) was a very spidey thing to do. I've got to say there are moments when they deal with mental health and it was touching, meaningful, and actually made me think I was too hard on Tobey Maquire and Andrew Garfield, if they could get them back for more cameos, I would welcome it.
I found the longer run time (almost 2.5 hours) was not drawn out (well ok maybe they could have taken 10-15 mins off but not much) and it made me eager for Holland/Zendaya Spider-Man movies/projects.
I'd be remiss without saying how excellent Zendaya is MJ and of course, Cumberbatch continues to show he was the perfect choice for Strange. It was also nice to see Simmons return for more JJ Jameson, he was always the best for me. Make sure to stay until the very end for 2 end credit scenes, one of them shows some REALLY COOL stuff from the upcoming "Multiverse of Madness" movie, the other is ok. Overall I loved this movie, if I have a chance I may even see it again in IMAX, it is certainly the best comic book movie of 2021. A solid 9 out 10 from me, it is honestly almost a masterpiece if you're a Spider-Man fan. You NEED to see this movie if you ever liked Spider-Man, preferably in the theater but if you waited this long, I could see waiting for the digital version. While there is no nudity there is plenty of violence and some coarse language (plus some suggested sexual content) so ages 13+ for sure.