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Movie Review: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

January 24, 2019 by
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Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street)

Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse showcases visually groundbreaking animation and a fresh take on the Spiderman franchise with a new hero. The film also infuses familiar (to those who are longtime fans) characters and histories as well as introducing alternative interpretations to popularised aspects of the Spiderman canon many fans have become familiar with.

It is good to note that, if you aren’t familiar with the mythos of Spiderman, the film will fill you in so there’s no fan pre-requisite to study up on prior to watching the film, though it will easily become a genuine delight for those who are Spidey-savvy.

The story follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) amidst the uncomfortable life change of moving to a new school and the adoption of the mantle of Spiderman. Chance encounters soon expose him to the wonders and mysteries of the Spider-Verse, which bring him allies in the form of alternate Spider-people/beings who aid him on a shared quest to save the city and the multiverse, which is under threat of (a classic Spiderman villain) the King Pin.

The film’s pace is well balanced with constant movement, engaging storytelling and dialogue that allows for the ebb and flow of humour and emotional moments which ground the dynamic intensity of the visuals. The story builds upon and moves past classic Spidey themes and opens doors to new possibilities for the future of Spiderman and one can’t help but speculate and anticipate what Marvel has in store for future titles in a long format animated feature.

Stylistically, the film often looks like you’re watching a classic Marvel comic book in motion with the overlay of halftone patterns, speech bubbles and animated typographic sound effects appearing in unison with the action. Each of the allies that have found their way into Miles’ dimension are styled uniquely. Interpretations of classic Spidey villains appear throughout the film.

Themes regarding family relationships, adapting to change and the struggles of growing as well as loyalty, responsibility and friendship re-occur throughout the film to the soundtrack of classic cinematic score and tracks by artists like Vince Staples, Jaden Smith, Ty Dolla Sign, Denzel Curry and Black Caviar to name a few.

Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is a feel-good action-adventure film, great for the family or for the individual of any age. If you like comic book related or superhero films, then this is a must watch. Being a Marvel and Spiderman fan of many years, this film was a banger from start to finish and I feel I could take anyone to this film and they would still enjoy the adventure.

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