Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rotham, is not just one of the best superhero movies to grace the big screen, but it stands as one of the best comic book movies I think I’ve ever seen. Its vibrant style, its infectious sense of humour, its dazzling animation and its total willingness to be a comic book in motion – plus so much more – makes every second of time with this film an absolute joy. Settle in while I gush over a film that had me smiling throughout and had me feeling like a big happy kid sitting in the cinema.
Miles Morales – voiced by Shameik Moore – gets wrapped up in something well beyond his means and it results in him becoming Spider-Man; a role he is woefully unprepared for. But when dimensions start colliding and heroes from them start showing up in his, he soon has a basket of allies to help him become the hero he’s meant to be.
It’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to talking about this film, there’s just so much that comes bursting into my immediate memory that I want to talk about and explore… and excitedly explode with love and appreciation. I suppose I should start off by just saying how gorgeous this film is; it’s like a comic book come to life on the big screen. Not only does it look like a comic book from anaesthetic standpoint, but it’s crammed full of tons of little details that make it feel all the more authentic. You can really tell the team behind making this film look the way it does, have a real understanding and love for the medium.
If you were to shut off every other part of your brain and purely take this film in from a sensory standpoint, you’d still have an experience that would wow and that would satisfy. The animation team behind this film deserve every type of award that can be given to them for the work they put into this film. Forget what Pixar are doing, this is the new standard to surpass.
But beyond your eyes being delighted with such treats, your also given a wealth of characters to indulge in. What was most surprising to me when it came to the countless characters in this film was 1) the level of depth to all of them, and 2) just how many of them felt so well fleshed out.
Take Miles for example; he’s someone who goes on a fulfilling and meaningful arc. Where he starts off and where his story concludes in this film had me fully attentive and caring for his journey. It also helped that the characterisation for Miles made him someone I was eager to connect with. It is no easy journey for him – in fact most of his journey to become Spider-Man is one wrought with failure – but that made it all the more worth it in the end. It made my journey with him and my time spent with him feel like a meaningful time that I treasured each moment of.
And it’s not just Miles. Each primary character in this film was given something that built them out into more than just set-dressing. The Spider-Man – voiced by Jake Johnson – who came from another dimension was a Spider-Man we weren’t accustom to seeing. He was a damaged, hurt individual who had lost the whimsical spark that usually fuels the webbed hero; and instead he was left a slightly morose hero with some serious inner-demons holding him back. For me, that was a fresh and interesting angle to explore for Spider-Man, who in the big screen adaptions have always fallen into similar camps of characterisation. But this is what Into the Spider-Verse kept throwing my way, and it’s why I never found myself losing interest or enjoyment with it. Even it’s antagonist, Wilson Fisk – voiced by Liev Schreiber – was given a motivation that humanised him, despite his hulking mass and willingness to kill.
So much of what was on offer when it came to the characters felt meaningful. There was heart and attention put into so many of them, and it made my caring for them all the more deeper and more significant. The film went to those darker places – even with the amount of vibrancy and the colour coursing through it – Into the Spider-Verse was a film that wasn’t afraid to show the darker side of being Spider-Man, and that made for a far more well-rounded film and experience.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had with this film, because Into the Spider-Verse is undoubtedly one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year. Not only does it have some greatly written jokes, but the physical humour that’s continually on offer makes your time with this film a constant laugh-filled joy. I can’t remember the last time a film had me laughing as much when watching it.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse feels like exactly what I’ve been needing recently. I’ve been feeling a little detached from films; nothing’s really been speaking to me or making an impact that left me feeling good inside. Into the Spider-Verse gave me those good feelings and more. There’s something so pure and enjoyable to this film. It felt great to just sit there and enjoy something that made me smile… that made me happy. Since leaving the cinema, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this film. I can be doing the most mundane thing and Into the Spider-Verse will pop into my head and make me smile, and I can’t thank it enough for that – especially because of how I’ve been feeling these past few weeks. It’s helped to reduce those melancholy feelings and for that, I am so grateful!
I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m going to recommend, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There’s nothing more to say at this point other than you need to do yourself a favour and go and delight in this magical piece of cinema. It’ll have you feeling full of joy when watching it and that feeling of joy won’t leave you for some time afterwards, that I promise.
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