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REVIEW: Spider-Man: No Way Home (12A)

For a super-hero film that concerns forgetting, this latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is certainly memorable.

You see, at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) secret identity was revealed after his publishing nemesis J. Jonah Jameson (the brilliant J.K. Simmons) gleefully broadcasts to the world a 'fake news' piece by the dying Mysterio, who 'outs' Parker and accuses him of murder.

Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home.

When this ID reveal ruins the life of orphan student Peter, his girlfriend MJ and best buddy Ned after their applications to MIT are turned down, Parker begs MCU Sorcerer Supreme Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell and make everyone forget he's your Friendly Neighbourhood Wall-Crawler.

As they say, this doesn't end well. After Peter inadvertently makes Strange botch the incantation, a whole bunch of heroes and villains from the Multiverse (i.e. different realities and previous Spidey films) turn up.

This prompts a crowd-pleasing return for many past web-slinging film favourites, whose identities have been all over t'internet for months but I won't spoil them for you here.

Like many modern movies, especially superhero ones, it's too long and much of it is a glossy CGI ad for the next Strange outing but Holland is fully grown into the role and trades banter with Cumberbatch as they cope with their awkward surrogate father-son relationship.

As usual with the MCU it'll make you gasp, laugh and cry. It has an apt snowy seasonal finale, so is a perfect escapist Christmas antidote to Omicron (didn't he fight the Avengers?).

Pete Woodhouse

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