If you clicked on this post and you’re looking for the short answer to whether or not Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is any good, the answer is absolutely. Now, for those of you staying along for the ride, allow me to go into depth about one of my new favorite movies of the year. Spider-Verse tells the long-overdue story of Miles Morales, a New Yorkan middle schooler who gets bitten by a radioactive spider just like Peter Parker himself. The movie introduces new characters from coexisting universes, beautiful examples of modern arts/animation, and celebrates African American culture, although it should be noted that Miles is half Latin as well.
I could honestly watch this film again without sound. There was a brilliant use of the contrast and colors used to put the movie’s world together and kept my attention from start to credits. The animation and abstract nature of the characters in this film made me feel like I was watching something unique. I also like how text boxes would appear near certain characters just like the comic books would. The animation and color palette as a whole is just so amazing, guys. If you need any reason to see this movie, see it for that, please.
As far as storytelling goes, Spider-Verse plays all of the right keys. With only two hours of runtime, the film successfully builds an impressive amount of characters that I easily connected to. The film is also very aware of its audience that has likely heard about Spiderman’s origin story already, which is thoughtful. Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker added a comedic element to the film that worked throughout the movie. Aside from Jake, John Mullaney and the rest of the cast made this film a fun experience, and I personally think that all of the jokes were successful. The writing as a whole is superb and should receive a significant portion of praise.
Shameik Moore does an outstanding job at pushing the character development of Miles as he learns how to cope with his relationship with his father, other issues that I dont want to spoil, and becoming the hero that New York needs. The soundtrack is well thought out and modern and gives me the same vibes that the Black Panther’s soundtrack did, however, of the two, I would pick Spiderman’s track with absolute certainty.
Well, that just about wraps it up, guys. Spider-Verse is an excellent film for the family. There will be a lessons kids could learn piece about the film, so keep an eye out for that. Stan Lee did make a cameo in this film and was a pretty emotional moment for me. You should absolutely stay for the credits as well because you won’t want to miss what will probably be one of the best post-credit scenes of the year.
Until Next Time