Hannah Shaw-Williams’ Top 10 Movies Of 2021

warning: spoilers Forward in the movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.

Growing up, several thousand years ago, Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” was among our selection of movies on VHS (I actually got an ID to buy it, until I explained that I was only 13 and didn’t have ID after). So if you take Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker back for a movie, have him share Spider-Man anecdotes with two other Spider-Mans, and give him a second chance to save Norman Osbourne, then make a big group cuddle with all three spiders. Guys… Look, I’m not saying Toby did all the work, but “Spider-Man: No Way Home” shot me straight into childhood nostalgia with a sniper rifle that definitely helped secure its place in the top 10.

Even then, though, “No Way Home” is a really impressive movie. I went for it anticipating utter disaster, given the number of characters in the mix and my tepid reaction to “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. As its release date approaches, we’ve learned that there is uncertainty about which actors will return even after production has already begun (as star Tom Holland said, “You can ask the director, ‘What happens in Chapter 3?'” and his response would be, “I’m still trying to figure it out.” This greatly complicated the complex task of not only approximating the Dutch character’s arc, but also “fixing” the low notes pursued by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Men.

How screenwriters Eric Summers and Chris McKenna managed to craft a screenplay for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” that was not only cohesive, but really cool, under the circumstances, is a mystery to me. But they did – these crazy boys really did!

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