Movie Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse


Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber

Director: Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr, Rodney Rothman

Synopsis: Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

I am a Spider-Man fan. Or I should clarify I’m a fan of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, I haven’t read any of the other iterations yet but after watching this film, I am extremely keen to.

I was transfixed from beginning to end as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse took the viewer on a journey. It feels exactly like you are watching a comic-book coming to life from the amazing graphics to the special effects. It felt more like a cinematic experience than watching just your average animation film.

Even beyond the feast the colours and effects brought to our eyes, the film had an excellent script, well-established characters and scenes that had my emotions emoting like it was a damn Pixar movie.

Miles Morales is a stunning main character, and even though this was an origin story (and we’ve seen so many Spider-Man origin movies) this one felt fresh and exciting, and with the different versions of Spider-Man throughout the years ushering in turn as the iconic hero (especially with Peter Parker being his mentor). It seemed almost like the ‘old guard’ of white, straight men are making space for the new heroes, the heroes who are different, who are more representative of those reading and watching, the diverse age.

The main villain, Wilson Fisk, was equally terrifying and menacing, and the risks always felt real throughout the film. Even with his henchmen of famous villains such as the Green Goblin, Doc Ock and Scorpion. If you are a Spider-Man fan (in whatever iteration) you should make a plan to go into the Spider-verse and check out this film, this will probably be the best and most faithful adaptation of the beloved comics.

Rating: 5/5

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