Film review Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops the powers of Spider-Man. Miles and his Spider-Men/Women counterparts from other dimensions must join forces to stop a threat to all realities.
I’ll admit I entered this movie not expecting much. Like many, I feel Spider-Man may have been a bit oversaturated of late. I mean, audiences have already seen their third live-action Spider-Man since Tobey McGuire first donned the iconic suit in 2002.
But like a web to the face, those concerns were quickly brushed aside when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into action. Into the Spider-Verse is not only one of the best animated films I have seen in some time, but arguably one of the best, if not the best, film of the Spider-Man franchises.
It’s a big call, but the film certainly delivers and has an animated style that is truly unique and unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s hard to describe, but the animation manages to seamlessly blend an edgy urban style with comic book influences and a full kaleidoscope of colours. While that may sound like a mess, it works and will leave your jaw on the floor. My only complaint is at times during large battle sequences it was a tad too much and it can feel like you’re watching a 3D movie without the glasses.
It isn’t your average Saturday morning cartoon, but rather a fully realised movie world that feels fresh and original despite playing with characters that we’ve seen on screen many times before.
Plot wise, the film is a coming of age origin/team building story. Don’t worry, it’s not the same one we have seen time and time again. Into the Spider-Verse delves into each spider character including Peter Parker, Peter B Parker, Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker, Spider-Ham (Yes, he’s a real character), Spider-Man Noir and main protagonist Miles Morales. Each character finds their moment to shine and ultimately the film has more heart and laughs than many live-action big screen superhero adaptations.
Into the Spider-Verse will appeal to people of all ages and has plenty to offer the devout Spider-Man fan with many referential nods, jokes and gags. It isn’t your average Saturday morning cartoon, but rather a fully realised movie world that feels fresh and original despite playing with characters that we’ve seen on screen many times before.
If you’re in the market for a flick the whole family will enjoy these school holidays, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is it.
Final Verdict: 4/5
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.
Zoe Kravitz, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Live Schreiber, Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore.
If you liked the movie, try:
The Incredibles, Big Hero 6, Lego Batman, The Lego Movie and any movie or television show in the Spider-Man universe.
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