Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home ★★½

A movie more about Spider-Man™ than Spider-Man the character. The biggest movie of the year is just a series of references and commentaries (not even meta-textual, literally in the text) on previous iterations of a franchise with a story that is not compelling because it features an unnecessary amount of magic mumbo jumbo. Everyone has chosen to love this for reasons that make me feel dead inside. The sole purpose of movies now is just to set up more sequels for other characters. At least in this one we finally get some closure to Thomas Hayden Church's Sandman from Spider-Man 3, something even the most casual of fans had been clamoring for. A high point of the movie is when Peter Parker chooses to spare the lives of these five innocuous villains, and brings them all to a science apartment where he tries to use a science machine to... cure their evil? These movies work best when they're about a teenager facing the consequences of also being a superhero. This is a movie about inter-dimensional rehashing of previous iterations and worse versions of that very same type of movie. Trash, but watchable trash at the least.