Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man. It was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman and was written by Phil Lord and Rothman. It stars the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Lauren Luna Vélez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, and Liev Schreiber.
The Story/The Direction:
In this film, Miles Morales (Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Man. After an interaction with Peter Parker's Spider-Man and Kingpin (Schreiber), a particle accelerator goes off and new Spider-People come to this universe from across the Spider-Multiverse. They are another Peter Parker (Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Cage), Spider-Pig (Mulaney), and Penni Parker (Glenn). They need to find their way home before they deteriorate.
The directors of this film create something extremely unique. From the begnning, they bring the audience into this comic book universe not only from it's soundtrack but also it's look. This film looks excatly like a comic book and this works on multiple levels. It shows a story that has been shown before but keeps it unique and fresh. They do this by making the film absolutely hilarious and make fun of the Spider-Man character's previous film outtings. The music is also very good and works with within the film. The story telling is perhaps the best part about this film aside from the perfect Stan Lee cameo. This film takes it's characters to new places and has a lot of touching moments.
Miles in this film establishes himself as an equal to the Peter Parker character. He does have some similarties but his character has a more complicated relationship with his family. His connection with his father (Henry) is one of the most touching moments of the film. Miles is a young boy who likes to paint with spray paint and adores Spider-Man while his father is a New York City cop and hates Spider-Man's vigilantism. This brings another level to Miles's character when he becomes Spider-Man. He cannot tell his parents not because he is worried about their saftey but because he is worried about what his father will say. He knows his father loves him and would accept him but he is still worried. He feels more safe with his Uncle Aaron (Ali) but this becomes complicated as well. The question always remains is who does he trust to say hes Spider-Man. Ultimately, it is himself. The sheporting Spider-people are all a lot of fun in their own ways with a slight standout of Spider-Man Noir as Cage provides his best James Cagney impression.
The fairly few flaws are that the annimation looks unfinished at some points that can take one out of the film a little bit. While this was done to keep the comic book aspect, it can look a little sloppy. The second flaw is that the villian is not that developed. There are a few times where the film tries to give him a backstory but it's not a lot. This is probably due to the mass amount of characters already in this and the directors chose to focus on the heroes more.
However, these flaws are very forgivable and will not take much away from the overall experience of the film. Spider-Man fans will absolutely love the film from the beginning all the way to the after-credits scene. The music is fun, the characters are great, and it's look is beyond amazing. This film is definately worth checking out in theatres and eventually buying.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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