Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features crazy-inventive animation and a plethora of Spidey heart. The world is ready for Miles Morales and this film proves that there's plenty of stories left within the Spider-Verse that must be told.
Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a smashing success, inventing new ways to tell stories through animation and reminding us that there’s no reason that we need to settle for one Spider-Man on-screen. Spider-Verse not only introduces us to second-in-line Spider-Man, Miles Morales, but also a slew of other Spider-Allies as it it blends dimensions and realities together almost as well as its animation team utilizes style and color to tell the most uniquely satisfying Spider-Man film to date. This is the definitive Spider-Man movie.
Spider-Verse follows young adult Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he becomes the second most popular Spider-Man in New York City. See, Miles is just a young kid from Brooklyn, with no real itching to be a superhero. He just wants to hang out with his cool uncle, rebel against his father, who happens to be a cop and maybe talk to the cute girl at school. He’s not ready for responsibility or power, but he’s about to get a great amount of both.
While doing so, the universe gets ripped open and multiple dimensions merge together. Now, Miles is faced with several other Spider-Man alter-egos, including a pig, a robot and another OG Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
Miles must not only help them save their universes, but also learn what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has no business being as good as it is. It’s an animated Spider-Man movie coming off the heels of the mostly-successful Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom. Sony has somehow turned the ship around and opened up the gates for comic-book lovers and artists alike.
Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman have all previously worked in the animation world and it shows, because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is beautifully constructed, with a meticulous eye for detail and vibrancy that is going to make this movie a must-own on 4K UHD. Rothman has also worked with producer/writer Phil Lord on 22 Jump Street as a writer and it kind of shows. The film feels very much like a Lord/Miller production with its quick humor and bursting heart, blended together with action and excitement.
I have no idea how to judge who “directed” the film more than the other, so I’m simply going to say that the team behind this film all deserves credit. It’s constructed in a way that’s full of surprises and fun little bits that all add up to a film that feels whole and satisfying without ever feeling too stuffed or off-balanced, despite the abundance of characters.
I won’t go into detail about the rest of the Spider-People, because that might unleash some slight spoilers, but I can say that every single member of the cast gives us a unique Spider-Man that is unlike any other. The voice acting is spot on through and through, with Moore leading the pack, but many other notable voices stepping in to provide comfort and stability.
One other big factor of Spider-Verse is the soundtrack, which is a collection of absolutely stellar tracks that move the story forward, keep your toes tapping and give you a direct link into Miles’ brain as he unpacks all of the webs and baggage discovered throughout the film. Each song reaffirms any given scene’s emotions in a way that feels just as important as the visuals and the actual writing.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might just be the very best piece of Spidey-Media that we currently have at our disposal to consume. I’m still partial to moments from the Andrew Garfield series, but I can’t deny how much more effective (and skillfully crafted) this film is and how refreshing and exciting it felt seeing Miles Morales on the screen, instead of the go-to Peter Parker.
The world is ready for Miles Morales and I hope Sony understands just how important (and awesome) this actual fact is.