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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ review: Dazzling take on the webslinger characters

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a heartfelt superhero action with lots of enjoyable characters and humors.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the story of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), who’s reluctantly enrolled in an elite New York City boarding school but would rather hang out with his Brooklyn friends. After he’s accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Miles starts to experience changes he can’t explain. Retracing his steps to a mysterious underground lab, Miles discovers Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) trying to stop greedy crime boss Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) from opening a hole in the space-time continuum, which could destroy New York. Together they encounter four more “Spider-people,” including teenage Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), an anime-style girl from the distant future (Kimiko Glenn), a cartoon pig (John Mulaney), and a black-and-white 1930s noir Spider-Man (Nicolas Cage). After getting over their shock, everyone understands they must work as a team to defeat Kingpin and return to their own universes.

The film breathes new life into the familiar friendly neighborhood hero. It is gorgeously animated in a way we have never seen in cinema before. Sony took the same leap of faith that Peter tells Miles to make as we get a closest take on a comic book film coming to life. It’s a new universe and it was so good. There were enjoyable humors, lessons on power and responsibility, shocking twists, meaningful cameos, tear-jerking emotional scenes, action-packed sequences, and many more to ask out for. It is very emotional, very complex, and visually stunning with bursts of colors with a charm from the main story. Sony really put a great work on the story of this new Spider-Man film.

Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), and SP//DR in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

This animated take on Spiderman nailed it on showing why we love the character. As a fan, we all know the story about power and responsibility that this character represents. In this film it didn’t only show one side of the story of the character but shows all of the different universes side of the story of the character itself. It was jam-packed with main characters; each with a story to tell. The film finds a fun and extremely efficient way to introduce them all without getting too repetitive or too dumbed-down. The moments of both Peter and Miles were satisfyingly enjoyable plus the teaching moments are plentiful, it was never heavy or drawn out. Miles is a street artist, so the film takes its visual inspiration from the young man’s flair for color blasting. You’ve literally never seen a Spider-Man movie look like this.

It is completely unique with fun, exciting action-packed thrill ride for the entire family with heart, cool visuals, humor, and the spirit of what made and still makes, Spider-Man one of the best superheroes out there. There were great lessons to take after watching it. This gorgeous take on the Marvel superhero knows you can — that everyone can be like Spider-Man. It’s the heart of the film itself. That anyone, anywhere, has the power to be as heroic and as special as Spider-Man. It doesn’t matter if you’re an angst ridden teen struggling through high school, a middle aged divorcee down on their luck, or a cartoon pig with no concern for the laws of physics–the ability to do good, the ability to make the world a better place, is universal or as the film says multiversal. Truly a must watch for Spidey fans!


5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey Voice by Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Live Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, and Nicolas Cage. Runtime: 116 minutes.

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