Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review
Here's our take on the newest Spider-Man movie!
Sony Animation Webs Up Spider-Man's Best Big Screen Adventure Yet!
In a world full of superhero movie, it's rare that movie goers get one that feels totally unique and fresh. Most are cookie-cutter action films with simple repeated storytelling tropes and many are completely tone deaf, unable to balance comedic moments with serious drama. So it's a pleasant surprise when something like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes along. This is the third time a Spidey-related property has come to theaters after Avengers: Infinity War and Venom, but this film feels so different from either of those while remaining true to the Spider-World and character.
This new story follows Miles Morales as he develops his own unique Spider-Powers and meets Spider-People from across the various dimensions after an inter-dimensional portal is opened by a nefarious villain. The Spider-Team is made up of Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker played by Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, and Kimiko Glenn. Each of these actors brings so much to these roles and you get just enough of each of them to want to see more and Liev Schrieber and Kathryn Hahn bring menace to the villains Kingpin and Doctor Octopus. Shameik Moore is the star as Miles and he plays each and every emotional well while also giving us the joy and fear of being a teenager with superpowers. Brian Tyree Henry and Mahershala Ali are excellent as well, bringing depth and meaning to the two most important people in Miles' life. It's a very well-written script by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman as they clearly know these characters and the Marvel universe well as the duo pays homage to what's come before and making fun of the more silly aspects of the character while also showing it respect it deserves.
The animation is brilliant and odd just because it's so different from anything seen before on the big screen. They do a great job of making it feel like you're watching a comic book and yet it's the most cinematic of any Spider-Film. The visuals here are so strange and totally stunning with the action being some of the most impressive in recent memory. The score is also spectacular with every song and moment supporting the story being told on screen. The team on this film each worked together to make it the best it could be and in doing so surpassed every previous version of the character.
The film balances comedy and drama well without compromising either one. There are some dark moments and a lot of emotionally-charged scenes that may be a bit intense for younger viewers. However, this film was made for Spider-Man fans and remains a movie that anyone can enjoy. This is the most visually and emotionally engaging film of the year. This proves that studios should rely more heavily on filmmakers and less on executives if they want to produce quality entertainment of audiences. Stay after ALL of the credits and keep an eye out for references to previous Spidey films, shows, games, and comics, plus the best Stan Lee cameo ever for the late creator of the character. This is quite simply the best Spider-Man movie ever made and I give the film a 9.5 out of 10.