Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review
by Crystal Yakel-Kuntz
There have been many efforts to create a fully realized cinematic Spider-Man, employing Spider-Man’s many thrilling comic universes. No cinematic adaptation of Spider-Man has been as pitch perfect as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The story arc of this film is not only full of action, but surprises you with its humor and poignant, very human moments, in an animated superhero world.
Miles Morales, a black and Latino teenager, lives in NYC where his friendly neighborhood Spiderman fights the villains of the world – or as we come to find, this particular universe of the world. The film opens to build the world of Miles Morales with his quick witted humor and his family’s complex, genuine family dynamics.
Origin story after origin story is told as various versions of the Spiderman comics are introduced into Miles’s world. The iterations of Spider-Man, including the Amazing Spider- Man, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham (Peter Porker), Peni Parker, Noir Spider-Man, become entangled in each other’s webs as they fight, for the first time, a female Doc Ock, Kingpin, Tombstone, Green Goblin, Scorpion, and Prowler.
Accompanying this deep, action packed story, is the incredible animation. The animation is created in a way that one would nearly believe a camera is creating the focus or the lighting of a scene. The film recreates a comic book style with the characteristics of its type to include on screen internal dialogue and on screen onomatopoeia.
Take your family to this film, and enjoy the fun that comes when good wins the day, Oh, and try to only quietly weep at Stan Lee’s on-the-nose cameo.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is out in theatres December 14th. Watch the trailer here!