Category: Movie – Fantasy, Sci-fi
When I was younger I didn’t watch a ton of superhero movies. It was never really my thing. I watched the Spider-Man movies with Tobey Maguire in the early 2000’s and that’s about all of my Spider-Man knowledge. However, since I started working in a movie theatre I’ve been watching more superhero movies in general. I remember having a free Tuesday night and decided to watch the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse since I had nothing better to do. I’m so glad I did! I think I would say this movie is easily one of my favorite movies of 2018 and maybe even in my top 10 all time favorite movies. I ended up watching it three more times after that because I enjoyed it so much.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows the story of Miles Morales, a young boy living in Brooklyn who was bitten by a radioactive spider and discovers he has new powers that are eerily similar to those of Peter Parker. Along the way, he meets several other “spider-people” from different universes, learns how to control his new abilities, and attempts to defeat Kingpin’s evil plot and save the city.
The animation in this movie is so nice to look at! It has a very unique style that somewhat mimics a comic book. I was able to see the movie in 3D and in 2D. I think I prefered the 3D because of the way it was animated. Some frames looked blurry at certain times. I know that’s part of the style and it never bothered me when watching it in 2D, however at the movie theater a lot of guests were confused and thought their movie was in 3D when it wasn’t due to some blurry points on screen. Overall I thought it was a really pretty movie to look at. All the character designs were memorable and fit the personalities of the spider-people. I liked how Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker were drawn to fit within the style of their individual dimensions rather than blending in with the same style as Miles’ dimension. Lastly, I loved all the colors in this film. Especially in the final third when the group is fighting against Kingpin and his collider. All the colors from the collider surrounded the characters and created a really nice visual to reflect the intensity of the situation.
In the movie, we are introduced to Peter Parker, Peter B. Parker, Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker. We learn about their backstory and lives as “Spider-Man”. I liked seeing all the spider-people fight together and wing on their webs together. It was a nice change compared to past Spider-Man films. Now we have a team to watch rather than an individual, even though Miles is still our main character. Each person brought their own strengths and abilities to the team which created a nice dynamic. In the end you wish they can all stay in the same dimension together but you know they will have to return home eventually. It was fun seeing these characters play off of each other.
Into the Spider-Verse maintained a good balance of drama and comedy. I was laughing along with the audience throughout the entire movie. Even on my second and third watch, it still got a laugh out of me. The comedy is balanced with scenes of Miles’ struggles. You see him want to be the new Spider-Man, but he doesn’t entirely know how and the group is running out of time and options to stop Kingpin’s plan. He feels so much weight on his shoulders and as an audience member you just want to root for him and see him realize his potential. He has a hard time figuring out how to use his powers for a majority of the movie and it makes the last battle scene so satisfying to watch when he finally takes the leap and is able to do what he never imagined was possible.
Overall, I absolutely loved this movie! I think it’s great for all ages. It has a great message of friendship and persistence, interesting characters to be invested in, and stunning visuals. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has the qualities that make a movie feel timeless and can be enjoyed even after multiple watches. I gave this movie a 10/10 because I feel that the story and characters and everything combined make for the ultimate movie experience.
Which spider-person was your favorite to watch on screen? Are you excited for a potential sequel? I know that I am!
Image credits to the original creator NoEyebrow