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Film Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) is an animated comic-book movie by Sony Pictures depicting the characters of Miles Morales. This film has a stellar voice acting cast, with the likes of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson starring as numerous different heroes with the Spider-Man persona. Set in Brooklyn, this story tells the tale of Miles Morales who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops the abilities of Spider-Man. During a mission alongside this universe’s Spider-Man, numerous realities intersect as Miles teams up with five personalities from different universes to stop Kingpin from causing more mayhem.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – source: Sony Pictures
This film has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and that says itself on the quality of this film. This is a film that I don’t expect many of us to be seeing, just because it was so obscure and did not scream cinema worthy. Yet, I have seen countless amazing reviews of it, and numerous film critics and reviewers that I watch and trust have raved about this film, calling it their favourite film of the year. I had liked the trailers and promotions that came out for the film, but originally had no desire to see it immediately due to the overcrowding amount of films released this month, and other family or superhero movies being released on the same day.
To simply put, the critics are right on this one. I am so glad that I saw this film in the cinema, because that is the best way to see this film. This year has been a great year for experimental animation, thanks to Isle of Dogs. This is exactly the same, where the animation is different than what is typically seen nowadays, but it are absolutely stunning. It did take a couple of minutes to get used to how bright and jarring the comic-book style animation is, but it is perfect. Some of these scenes and moments are just some of the most stunning shots in the entire year, and so much care went into the animation.
This is also supported by an absolutely fun and exciting story. I am someone that knew nothing about Morales as a character, so it was refreshing to see a new Spider-Man character get represented on the big screen. Due to the numerous Spider-Man personas that come on screen in this film, everyone will see their personality shine through one of them. They each get their moments to shine and their own animation style and personality, and it sucks you into the world even more. They had the perfect amount of characters and a lot of variety between them. They balanced each other out and created fantastic humour which flowed into the film brilliantly.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – source: Sony Pictures
This is an animated film that everyone in the family can enjoy. I was in a screening that included children, teenagers and adults, and I can safely say that all demographics enjoyed this film. The adults were laughing hysterically throughout the film, thanks to some of the easter eggs that this film included. This movie also doesn’t dumb down for the kids or force a specific message down the kids’ throats, unlike a lot of animated films in the past few years. It lets the story tell the moral, and I particularly like that in a film.
This film also plays heavily on the comic book format. This film has a lot of fun with comic book art and shots look like they are taken straight from the comic book. This is exactly the reason why I personally enjoyed Suicide Squad. It didn’t take the film format too seriously and had fun with some comic book tropes and icons like the yellow text box and split frames. This just made the film a lot more entertaining, and different to the other comic book movies we saw in 2018. Also, I just want to thank the studio for understanding that we do not need another origin story for Spider-Man and went with a fun one-minute recap. Not only did this turn into a running joke in the movie, which is hilarious, but it is nice that they understand that we did not need the same origin scene again in this film.
One touching thing that should be brought up is that there is a Stan Lee cameo in this film. I will not spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but let’s just say that what he says in the film is a lot more touching and emotional now due to his passing. This is easily one of the best Stan Lee cameos in any Marvel-based movie, and you have to stay until the mid-credit scene for a beautiful tribute to the man, as well as Steve Ditko who also passed away this year. This is truly a beautiful and well made movie to honour their legacy and the creation of Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – source: Sony Pictures
I was someone that was intrigued about this film from the trailer, but wasn’t rushing to see it. However, this is truly a cinematic experience that must be witnessed on the big screen. This is easily the best superhero movie of the year, as well as the best animated film of the year. This is a near perfect film and everyone will absolutely love this film. I could not praise this movie enough, except to give it the highest score I can give a film. You must check this one out right now, as it deserves to make way more money in the box-office.

Have you seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet? Did you like is as much as me, or has all the critical praise convinced you to check the film out yet?

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