Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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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. – Sony Pictures Releasing 

This movie came out like a month, I loved it and have seen it twice. So, I’m a little embarrassed that I have just gotten around to writing this review right now. But anyways web-heads lets swing in to this.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  is like the fourth attempt at a Spider-Man franchise and the first one to be animated. The film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and, Rodney Rothman. It was written by Rodney Rothman and Phil Lord but with Chris Miller also producing, we’ve got to assume him and Phil teamed up a bit. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is excellently directed and written but the animation team really needs a pat on the back—the animation was like something I’ve never seen before, watching it felt like reading a comic book—quite a visual experience.

This movie is hands down the best Spider-Man movie I have ever seen and I am a big time Spider-Man guy. Not only is this our first introduction of Miles Morales on the big screen but this also the best iteration of Peter Parker we’ve ever been given. The Spider-verse comic story line is some people’s favorite Spider-Man arcs and rightfully so but it also is extremely comic booky and out theremany people myself included thought we would never see anything like it on the big screen. But they did it. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t a panel for panel adaptation or even all that accurate to it but it expertly captured the feel and spirit of the original comic event. I literally cannot think of one bad thing about this movie—the team behind it juggled quite a few challenges but still brought this project into fruition. Somehow this movie introduced 5 different characters, maybe more, yet none of them felt shoehorned in or forced. This movie is a truly original and rich comic book story and easily one of the best looking movies you could see in theaters this past year.

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Seriously, just look at that above image. Absolutely breathtaking—now imagine it on the big screen with a banging soundtrack. Yeah, that’s another thing, this movie has a killer soundtrack and a just as killer score. Whether it’s Vince Staple’s Home or one of Daniel Pemberton’s composition this movie jams.

It should be no surprise that with all the praise I’ve been giving this movie, I’m gonna give it some more. The voice cast is superb—there wasn’t a poor casting choice in this whole movie. Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker—my favorite Peter and characterization of a Spider-Man—too relatable. Chris Pine as Peter Parker, another great choice. Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacey—I couldn’t think of a better Gwen, I’d love to see her give it a go in live action—if I ever get around to my Bumblebee review, I’ll gush some more about her. Shameik Moore is Miles Morales, probably too old for live action but perfect for animation. He will always be Miles Morales to me. Liev Schreiber’s Kingpin was absolutely menacing. Nic Cage as Spider-Man Noir and John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, come on—can you think of more perfect casting? That answer is no. I could literally just keep scrolling down the cast list and tell you how great everyone involved in the film was.

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I think you can tell I loved this movie and you will too if you see it. This is a movie for all ages, comic book lover or not there is something for everyone here. If you’re a newcomer to Spider-Man or comic book movies you’ll like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for its rich storytelling and stunning visuals. If you’re a veteran comic book movie and Spider-Man fan you’ll also like it for its rich storytelling and stunning visuals but there’s so much more for youEaster eggs up the wazoo, nods to previous incarnations, meta fictional fun poking a la Deadpool and extremely obscure references. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse practically requires you to view it again and I’ll be really surprised if you don’t want to see it again. This the best comic movie of 2018 and freaking Infinity War came out in 2018.

I give Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a 10 out of 10, would watch again and I already have.

“They should fill this place up with fresh bread.”

 

 

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