Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest film to take on the commonality of Spider-Man, with the twist this time being that it focuses on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker.
The movie focuses on Miles Morales as he becomes the new Spider-Man of his reality, whilst also delving into the concept of multi-verses by having five other Spider-Man (and Spider-Woman) counterparts join Morales as he discovers the truth about being Spider-Man and what it takes to don the mask, as well as trying to void Kingpin’s plan to converge multi-verses.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humour, and plenty of superhero action.Rotten Tomatoes
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is arguably the best Spider-Man movie made so far, better than the original Spider-Man (2002), as well as Marvel’s latest take, Spider-Man: Homecoming. What this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman, does so well is blend comics and cinematic animation together into a seamlessly visually striking movie.
The movie itself is nearly flawless, with great storytelling coinciding with action sequences, humour and heart, it evidently makes it one of the best superhero movies to come out this year. It wouldn’t be crazy to put this movie alongside Avengers: Infinity War and above Incredibles 2. Another thing to note is the incredible soundtrack associated. Mixed with the story itself, the soundtrack enhances the emotions throughout the scene left on the audience.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a unique animated adaption of the Miles Morales Spider-Man comics as the animation itself is comic pages coming to life. There are certain aspects that make up a good movie, and they all are evident throughout this one. The story, the humour, the heart, the action, the villain, the plot, they all work and compliment each other superbly.
The main antagonist, Kingpin, written in a way that is sympathetic, gives ground on why he’s doing what he’s doing. Although his plans and methods are wrong and villainous, there is a level of sympathy that the audience endures throughout the movie for Kingpin. Other side characters, like an alternate version of Doctor Octopus, Scorpion and so forth, all make an appearance, and despite all these antagonists in the film, the story finds a way to balance it all with the additional number of protagonists, creating a level movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse does what The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) tried to do with it’s villains, but does in a way that completely works.
Unlike the original Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, this movie doesn’t just jump into the notion that Miles Morales is Spider-Man and has him use his powers immediately. Instead, the movie takes time to build up Morales as Spider-Man, showing the audience his development and change in responsibilities as he gains these new abilities. The convention through which they did this makes the character relatable, and overall likeable for the audience. Peter Parker, given the backseat in this movie, acts as more of a mentor to Morales, informing him of what it takes to become Spider-Man. By the end of the movie, where Morales finally embraces the title of being Spider-Man, there is a sense of fulfilment that resonates with moviegoers.
This movie is hilarious. All the jokes, including fourth wall breaking, work extremely well. The humour is spot on and sharp, with many laugh out moments. However, it isn’t just a comedy; the movie also has moments that tug on heartstrings and makes the audience feel empathy. Character deaths are prominent, and they genuinely connect with the audience, making you feel sad alongside with the characters.
All in all, this is a coming-of-age movie and one that’s so superbly crafted that it genuinely is a great and inspiring movie in an otherwise oversaturated genre.
There are some critics that state this is an experimental movie, like Avengers: Infinity War, and while that might be the case, that specific reason is what makes it so good. The movie is trying to be ambitious and bold, bringing a new level of creativity and something new. In Hollywood’s current status, more original and creative features are what is truly needed, which is what this movie delivers on.
With that being said, I don’t necessarily think there are that any negatives throughout the movie. The characters, the plot, the soundtrack, the humour, the action, the heart, they all work, and work extremely well.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an ambitious blockbuster by Sony Pictures Entertainment that totally works. The style of animation, as well as the plot and characters, create a unique story, that although is out of a comic, is extremely relatable for audiences. This movie is a must watch for comic fans in general, let alone just Spider-Man fans. Directors Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman have truly created a great animated movie with graphics that jump out the screen, and it receives a great score of 8.5/10.
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