Harry Situation Reviews: Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the newest MCU film and the third film in the MCU/Sony Spider-Man series. It features the return of Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei all reprise their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, MJ, Doctor Strange, Happy Hogan, Ned Leeds, and Aunt May. It also features the return of Alfred Molina, William Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, and Thomas Haden Church as villains of Spider-Man movies past Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, Lizard, and Sandman respectively.
After his secret identity as Spider-Man has been revealed, Peter Parker seeks the help from the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Stephen Strange, Unfortunately, a spell that was meant to reverse the world's memory of Spider-Man's identity goes awry, villains from other universes are brought into their reality, all seeking vengeance on the friendly neighborhood webslinger.
Hot damn, this movie was fucking awesome! Honestly, one of Marvel's best movies to date.
First off, the acting is outstanding. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, does an amazing job. Holland, Cumberbatch, Zendaya, everyone. They're all amazing. And I will admit, MJ was actually... tolerable in this one. Sorta. I'm still not a fan of this character or her personality but she got me to tolerate her a little more than the previous movies.
All the villains are great in this movie. I could talk about all of them but really I just want to highlight three of them. I'll start with my favorite, Doc Ock. It's still awesome. Alfred Molina once again does an amazing job. I still consider this is best role ever. Although it is a shame that his robotic tentacles are all CGI versus being a combination of CGI and puppetry like in Spider-Man 2 but it still looks very impressive.
The other villain I want to discuss is Electro. Jamie Foxx was amazing as Electro. I always felt that Amazing Spider-Man 2 did him dirty. He never had time to shine. But in this movie he's extremely entertaining with a ton of personality and good one-liners. I also dig is updated look too. He looks much more like the comics.
But I think the one villain that was a big highlight is the Green Goblin. Major props to William Dafoe in this movie. I was so happy that he returned as Green Goblin. It's been over a decade since he put on the Goblin suit and he's still got it. He pretty much reminds you why Green Goblin has been Spider-Man's greatest enemy. There's a moment when Spider-Man is beating the hell out of him and he's just smiling and cackling through all that. When I saw that I was like that was it. The Goblin has returned. He's definitely one of the MCU's best villains, and he didn't even start off in the MCU.
Personally, I think they missed an opportunity to have a sixth villain in this movie. We could have had the Sinister Six onscreen for the first time ever. It's something fans have always wanted. It's something I always wanted to see on the big screen. And who would be that sixth villain you may ask. I don't know, it's fucking Spider-Man. He's got a rogues gallery that rivals that of Batman from DC. Pick any of them to be the sixth member. Regardless, the villains we do have are awesome and improved.
The action is fantastic. It's the kind of edge-of-your-seat, fun action you would expect from the MCU. The comedy is on point, balanced with the drama. This is by far the most emotionally charged Spider-Man film to date. There was a scene that actually got me choked up. That hasn't happened since the first Spider-Man film.
Ah hell, might as well get it over with it, since the internet has probably already spoiled it through it's dumbass leaks. But just in case you don't want any spoilers I've set this line for you to skip to the next paragraph.
Alright, spoiler time. You have been warned. Even though probably pieced it together like I did before seeing this movie.
Yes, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are in this movie too, reprising as their iconic roles of Spider-Man. You probably figured they'd be in the movie as a cameo, but no they serve as supportive characters to Tom Holland's Spider-Man. They actually aid him in defeating the villains. They have major roles in the third act. I'm not gonna lie, when I saw both actors appear on the screen, I lost my fucking mind. I was squealing and cheering along with the audience. It was two veteran Spider-Mans helping out a rookie Spider-Man, kinda like Into The Spider-Verse.
Okay, end of spoiler.
I believe the only thing I have to complain about is some of the ass pulls in this movie. What a mean is that there is a certain character in this franchise who suddenly has the ability to do something, even though it was never hinted or referenced until it was convenient for this movie. When I saw that I was like, "Come on. Really?" I understand what it was for, but it seemed like a half-assed thing to suddenly introduce in the third MCU Spider-Man movie. If you've already seen the movie you know what I'm talking about. I already spoiled this movie once and I refuse to do it again.
This film is ultimately a love letter to all the Spider-Man movies and their fans, much like how Into The Spider-Verse is a love letter to all that is Spider-Man. There's a reason why Spider-Man has become a household name after all these years. He's easily one of the greatest superheroes of all time, and definitely one of my favorite comic book characters. It highlights Spider-Man at his best. His heroism, his courage, his strength, his power, and his responsibility. After this film I don't know if there will be anymore MCU Spider-Man films. But the door is always open. Until then I thank the cast and crew for their tremendous work on making this one of the best Spider-Man movies of all time, going up their with Spider-Man 2 and Into The Spider-Verse. Stan would be proud.
-Great performances all around
-The Green Goblin
-That spoiler moment
-Spider-Man at his best
-A couple ass pulls
Final Grade: A+
So those are my thoughts on Spider-Man: No Way Home. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts? What is your favorite Spider-Man movie? Who is your favorite Spider-Man? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews on Prose in 2022!
Aunt May: "Listen to me. You have a gift. You have power. And with great power, there must also come great responsibility."
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Harry Situation Reviews: The Matrix Resurrections
A fourth Matrix film? Whoa.
The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth film in The Matrix series, this time solely directed by Lana Wachowski. It features the return of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith as Neo, Trinity, and Niobe. It also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci, and Jonathan Groff as Smith.
Having saved humanity and brought an end to the war with machines in The Matrix Revolutions, Neo lives once more. However it seems he and Trinity find themselves back inside the Matrix, with no memory of their previous lives. Jessica Henwick and a new Morpheus comes in to bring their cyber Jesus out of the Matrix for reasons and I guess we have our fourth Matrix movie.
I was surprised to see that there was in fact a fourth Matrix movie being released. This was a movie that I thought never would be made. It's been eighteen years since the last The Matrix Revolutions, which was set to end the trilogy. There have been rumors that a fourth film was in development but was stuck in development hell. Eventually, everybody had just given up, until now. So was this film worth waiting eighteen years for? Um, not really, if I'm being honest here.
So the stuff I like first. I like seeing Keanu and Anne-Moss come back as Neo and Trinity. They had such a dynamic in the trilogy that it's hard to have a Matrix film without them. And they're still fantastic together. They still have amazing chemistry and play off each other really well.
I do like the concepts this film does introduce. They don't willfully ignore what happened in Revolutions. Humanity and machines have found a way to coexist together. Sure I guess the Sentinels are still a threat in this sequel but there are machines and programs that live peacefully with humans. And there interactions together are a sight to behold. This, however, led to civil war among the machines. Again, it's an interesting concept that can be expanded and explored.
And visually, the film looks really nice. This is the best visual looking Matrix movie since the first movie. Some of the machines look incredible with a mix of practical and visual effects.
Sadly, that's where all the positives end because, as I mentioned earlier, this movie isn't great. One of the problems I had is that while watching the movie I felt like not much really progressed. Not a lot happens in this sequel. There's not a lot of action, only more talking. Hell, there really isn't many Kung Fu scenes in this sequel. Can you imagine that? If there's one thing that comes to mind about The Matrix it's the incredible Kung Fu action scenes. This film only had one Kung Fu scene that I could think that had any significance and that was the fight between Neo and the new Smith.
Let's talk about that real quick. I'm not down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II replacing Lawrence Fishburne and Jonathan Groff replacing Hugo Weaving. They don't quite offer the same charm or personality as the previous actors. I mean how can you have a Matrix movie without two stars who also helped make up the Matrix along with Keanu and Carrie? To be fair, they weren't bad in this movie. Unfortunately, I just didn't see them as the characters they're meant to be, and I couldn't help but compare them to the actors who had played those characters. They just seem subpar in comparison.
This film goes way too meta. Now I enjoy when a movie or show goes meta on itself, but the way this movie took it was to an extreme. It's revealed that Neo made a successful video game franchise coincidentally called The Matrix. In fact it was a trilogy of video games, most likely based on the three films. And then there's a scene where Neo and this one guy are talking and the guy mentions that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to the trilogy with or without them. I mean that's way too on the nose right there. I felt like the movie kept winking at me to let me know how meta and self aware it was, but instead of me thinking it was being cute and clever it just gave me a headache. I'm wondering if this was an actual conversation between Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis.
Ultimately, this film suffers the same fate as the other Matrix sequels. It tries to be so much more and so deep and philosophical that it gets its head stuck up its own ass. It's cool to return to the Matrix with our favorite characters but it really doesn't have anything to offer other than nostalgia, which tells be that was what Warner Bros. was banking on. Sadly, the film felt five to ten years too late. It suffers that same fate as the other Matrix sequels: trying to be so much more while falling flat.
-Keanu & Carrie
-Some cool new concepts
-Great visual effects
-Not much happens
-Lack of Kung Fu
-Way too meta
Final Grade: C-
So those are my thoughts on The Matrix Resurrections. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What is your favorite scene from The Matrix? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews on Prose in 2022!
Neo: "I still know Kung Fu."
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