Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version – The DVDfever 4DX Cinema Review

Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version
Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version is the third in Tom Holland‘s Spidey series of films, in addition to his Avengers appearances, and I saw his (last?) Spidey movie in 4DX on National Cinema Day. 4DX is apparently not for people with high blood pressure or heart conditions. Oops… 😀

Prior to this, I don’t think he’s a good Spider-Man at all. I thought Homecoming was rubbish, I flicked through the second one – Far From Home – and thought (for a marked change) Jake Gyllenhaal was just phoning it in, and I would’ve liked a third Andrew Garfield movie… so it seems, this is it?

I also figured that it’s also got Doctor Strange with Mr BenCum, so that’s a plus.

So, after the second film, I am aware that now everyone knows that Peter is Spidey, which causes problems for him because he can’t go anywhere without being seen… rather like Tom Holland might grasp. Plus, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau, still stealing a living) have split up from the fling I knew nothing about. However, that means she’s now single, and Ms Tomei is still so exceedingly hot!

For MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), their association with Spider-man means that despite all three wanting to get into MIT, they now can’t because of their association with Spidey. Hence, he has to figure out a way to resolve this, which also brings Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) into the picture. But how does that come about? Well, Peter needs Doctor Strange’s help to reverse the fact everyone knows who he is, but mucks it up, fracturing the space-time continuum etc, leading to Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Doc Ock all coming through, as well as – eventually – the other two Spider-men in this multiverse, in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Benedict Wong, as Wong, was a case of “We’ve got to have him in the movie, but he’s off filming other things and so we don’t need to write a big part for him, so let’s just bring him in for five minutes”.

Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version

Marisa Tomei. She is nerdy. Oh, my…

At this point, I’ll also add that while I’ve seen Tobey Maguire’s first film, I’ve not yet watched his second or third film, so I’ve not seen the performances by Messrs Molina or Church before.

With multiple baddies, Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version makes a decent job of finding a balance between their screen time and also trying to redeem them, in the eyes of the benevolent Peter, in Tom Holland’s guise. As for Spideys 1 and 2, they’re great, but that said, they’re only in the film for around 45-50 minutes, which didn’t feel like nearly long enough for a film that was running for around two hours and 40 minutes. It’s like the production team brought them back, but didn’t really know too much about what to do with them. That said, when all 3 have their masks on and are jumping about, I don’t want to come across all Spider-Manist, but… they all look the same!

However, I did like the moment when Andrew helps Tobey sort his back out, given that the latter is getting on in years.

Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version

Angourie Rice as Betty Brant.

As the tickets were just £3 (plus 75p booking fee), the three 4DX screenings on National Cinema Day sold out quickly, and my ticket was one of the last. However, when the day came round, I figured it might not be so easy to comfortably try and write a review by noting my A5 notepad from time to time, because it was so busy, and it would stand out a bit – especially, if you’re all in fairly close proximity.

However, when it came to the screening, in which I was in seat F5, and most rows were 16 seats long in banks of four, with a slight gap between me and whoever would sit in F4, so under normal circumstances, I still could’ve made some notes…

So, what changed? Well, not every seat turned up in the end. I guess if people are paying £3.75 a ticket and then can’t be bothered to turn up, they haven’t lost a lot, compared to around £20 for that auditorium usually. But then, pre-trailers during a demo, and during some trailers like Black Adam, we were treated to an experience of what 4DX can do… So at that point, I knew if I’d tried to take out my A5 pad and start taking notes about the film, both my pen and pad would be on the floor after being thrown about!!

As for the 4DX itself, it was quite fun, but nothing I’d want to repeat on a regular basis for considerably more than the price of the average film, although I can appreciate the work that goes into not only the hydraulics of the system as the seats are moving about a lot, but also syncing a very long film precisely with the movements of the chair along with everything else going on. When it comes to the 4DX, as well , there was occasional water mist which felt like it was coming from above – even though it was in front of us. Plus, blasts of air and a kick in the back at times.

The only thing about it that was annoying is the times when it kept flashing lights at us, such as when Electro would wreak havoc. I’m not sensitive to lights or anything like that, but I just don’t like bright light shoved in my eye, basically.

After I found my own way home, I also dug out the regular version of the film, so I could flick through and make notes on the whole thing.

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MJ and Spider-Man

It would be good to see the film again, but in 3D for the multiverse scenes particularly, and I also would want to see it in the 1.90:1 IMAX ratio, for which it’s expanded to that ratio throughout. However, apparently not even Disney+ have that version (as they often do), and it’s hoarded only by Sony’s Bravia Core service, which I’d never even heard of, so clearly, not many people must be subscribed to it.

I did also look around for an IMAX version of this extended edition, but nothing doing 🙁

Now, some spoilery thoughts about the film:

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

At the time, I didn’t know what was in the extra 10 minutes, but there was a rather elongated and superfluous chat between Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, just before going into battle with Electro and The Sandman. It was certainly a welcome scene, but it did feel like the kind of extra that would be added in. As it turns out, there was a bit of that which was added:

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

Now, for details of mid- and post-credits scenes:

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

Spiderman: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version is in cinemas now, and isn’t yet available to pre-order, but you can buy the regular version on 4K Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Spider-Man: No Way Home More Fun Stuff Version – Official Trailer – Sony Pictures Entertainment

Detailed specs:

Running time: 160 minutes
Release date: September 2nd 2022
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Format: 2.39:1 (ARRIRAW (4.5K)), 1.90:1 (IMAX version of theatrical version)
Cinema: Cineworld Didsbury
Rating: 7/10

Director: Jon Watts
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Characters: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Music: Michael Giacchino

Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Tom Holland
MJ: Zendaya
Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch
May Parker: Marisa Tomei
Ned Leeds: Jacob Batalon
Happy Hogan: Jon Favreau
Max Dillon / Electro: Jamie Foxx
Norman Osborn / Green Goblin: Willem Dafoe
Dr. Otto Octavius / Doc Ock: Alfred Molina
Wong: Benedict Wong
Flash Thompson: Tony Revolori
Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Andrew Garfield
Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Tobey Maguire
Betty Brant: Angourie Rice
Agent Cleary: Arian Moayed
MIT Assistant Vice Chancellor: Paula Newsome
Coach Wilson: Hannibal Buress
Mr. Harrington: Martin Starr
Mr. Dell: JB Smoove
J. Jonah Jameson: JK Simmons
Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard: Rhys Ifans
Matt Murdock: Charlie Cox
Flint Marko / Sandman: Thomas Haden Church
Apprentice: Haroon Khan
Apprentice: Emily Fong
Ned’s Lola: Mary Rivera
Agent Foster: Gary Weeks