Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Review
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – December 14, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only the biggest surprise of 2018, but it may just be the biggest surprise ever. After a string of bad films from Sony Pictures Animation (The Emoji Movie, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs) it’s hard to have faith in a project like this. The biggest hurdle this movie had to get over was convincing general audiences that an animated Spider-Man movie is worth watching.
I myself couldn’t figure out why this movie was made. Then something crazy happened: it was nominated for Best Animated Picture for the Golden Globes AND WON! Any animated movie that beats out Pixar (Incredibles 2) has to be something special. With great critical acclaim comes great me caring about seeing this movie.
The first thing that really stands out in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the animation. I’ve never seen anything like this before. There is an incredible attention to detail in not only the characters, but the environment too. Every leaf or dust-cloud feels authentic to this world. Nothing is carelessly brushed over or forgotten about. Everything moves and reacts with purpose, which really brings this animated movie to life.
Oh, and the story is great too! Usually movies about parallel universes can be tricky, complicated or confusing. But Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse handles this adventure with extreme care. The story is about Kingpin opening up a parallel universe to re-unite with his slain family. So off-the-bat, the movie establishes a strong motivation for the villain. Then the universes collapse in on each other and the different variations of Spider-Man must stop Kingpin from using his machine again.
The character dynamics between the various Spider-Man characters are incredibly charming. These very human interactions are brought to life thanks to the amazing voice cast. Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and even Nicolas Cage bring a fun and engaging energy to their characters. Their performances make you forget you’re watching an animated kids’ movie.
Overall, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is easily the best Spider-Man movie ever made. It captures the fun and joy that Spider-Man is all about. Entertaining characters, great story and incredible animation. It absolutely deserves its Oscar nomination and it should win too. Try to catch this in theaters if it’s still playing near you. But I’m definitely going to own this when it comes out in 4K.