The MCU has done it again with yet another blockbuster movie. Not only is Spider-Man No way Home set to be the movie of the year, but it is brilliantly timed with the holiday season. Hallmark, they’re coming for you! *Snickers* But before you click away to avoid any spoilers, don’t worry, I’m not about to give you a movie review. I know I love writing, but if I could convey the amount of emotion that was jam-packed into that two and a half hour movie, I wouldn’t be trading dollar-rand for a living!
If you didn’t already know, I’m a Marvel geek. Surprise! Not the first generation, collect all the comics kind of geek, but the ‘watch every Marvel movie in order and rewatch certain scenes’, kind of gal. And while I sat on the edge of the seat, gripping my stale bag of half-eaten popcorn, I could not help but think how Marvellous the storyline and acting was.
There were a few themes from the movie that hit home very hard, and those are what I wanted to focus today’s ramblings on. As a side note, this post will only make sense once you watch the movie. Now, go and grab your popcorn!
Oh. My. Goodness. The cringe! (Yes, read that with a clap.) This may have been the most cringe-worthy movie I have watched in a long time. Not the bad kind of cringe, but that awkward, first date kind of vibe.
As an introvert who also happens to be in sales, I am great at putting on a facade and bringing out smiles. But there is always the inevitably cringe conversation that you have to have with strangers. You know, the first date with someone you matched on Tinder but don’t quite match with in real life? Or the boss who asks your colleague who has just lost a parent when they’re coming back to work? Yeah, that kind of cringe.
Watching the face-twisting theatrics of Spider-Man vs himself was definitely one of the best things Marvel could’ve done. Definitely introvert approved!
The hard firsts
Remember when I said I wouldn’t give any spoilers? Yeah, I lied… but only sorta… kinda…
As an introvert, I have to say,
Spider-Man Peter’s attempt to introduce himself was spot on! If you haven’t written a script before picking up the phone to order food from a restaurant, you won’t get it. But my ‘practice it ten times and still get it wrong’ people know for sure that the struggle is real. Period!
In cinematography, I love to see aspects of things that I can relate to. And while Peter Parker doesn’t quite make it into my definition of an introvert, they played with the idea of hard firsts quite nicely. This not only added depth to the character but also made me feel more… normal?
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As a person who has graduated from the school of loss with honors, this movie left me sad. It brought on the nostalgic feeling of holding my parents and made me wish I could hug them one last time this Christmas. Give me a time stone, and I would bring them back in a heartbeat! *Cough, cough – Accepting grief: to my old friend time.
Before you kick me for spoiling the movie, I challenge you with this. Name one Marvel movie where someone doesn’t die? And before you tell me that the villains don’t count, are they really all bad? Like really, really bad?
I almost want to skip over this part of the movie entirely, but it’s nearly impossible to do so as it is essential for the storyline. If you’ve ever lost someone you love, the. You will understand and appreciate the depth that this storyline holds. And as a character, being able to pull through with more loss, Peter is truly a superhero!
As usual, Marvel came through with the emotions, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who brought the waterworks.
*Cries in Spanish*
The non-verbal communication
In case you didn’t know, Tom Holland and Zendaya are a thing. Tomdaya, Zom, Zomaya- whatever you want to call them – are a perfect match both on the screen and off it. The way Tom Holland looks and Z… Ai ai ai mi corazon! *faints in Spanish*
But I digress.
As an introvert, I notice how people speak when they aren’t speaking. Maybe it’s more to do with being the daughter of a diplomat than my introversion. However, the acting was on point. Only, it wasn’t really acting, because I could totally feel the love between the dashing duo!
Here’s a question to anyone pursuing an acting career… Is it awkward going full-on PDA with your partner on camera? You know, for the whole world to see?
Conclusion- Would I recommend Spider-Man: No way home?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, and unquestionably, yes! This movie touched on all of the right emotions killed all of the nostalgia and answered all of the unasked questions. And to add icing to the cake, we were able to witness the redemption of each of the previous movies. Every version of Peter Parker both old and new, was given a piece of him that had been taken away, leaving the softie in me satisfied with this alternate timeline.
That being said, I probably shouldn’t have watched it on a school night.
And now, over to you!
Have you had the chance to watch Spider-Man: No way home? What did you love most about it?
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