"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Movie Review
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse has been a story that Spidey fans everywhere have been wanting to see on the big screen for years. It may not be a Tobey Maguire/Andrew Garfield/Tom Holland collaboration, but that's okay. It was far better animated than live action. The film played out like it was a moving comic book, combining many different animation styles representing how comics have evolved over the years.
The film follows Miles Morales, a young boy who is struggling to find his place in the world. He is bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him similar powers to Peter Parker, the Spider-Man we all know. After tragedy strikes, Miles finds himself more alone than ever. After Kingpin's experiment goes wrong, alternate dimensions start colliding with one another, bringing five other Spider-men to Miles' world. Now Miles has to find the courage to help the alternate Spideys get home and stop Kingpin from altering reality any further.
I think the most amazing thing about the film was how much heart it had. Sure, it had a ton of humor and it had some silly moments, but the meaning was beautiful. It was touching where it counted, bringing a ton of emotion in several places, especially Stan Lee's cameo. What he said literally broke my heart and it broke all over again at the end during the dedication Marvel so lovingly added to honor him.
The voice cast was spot-on. I couldn't have asked for better people. Shameik Moore was the breakout star of the film, this being the first big-budget blockbuster film of his career. The ever comedic Jake Johnson voiced Peter B. Parker, the first Alternate Spidey to arrive. Hailee Steinfeld dominated as Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen, one of the only two female Spideys of the group. Lily Tomlin boasted a more hands-on, badass version of Aunt May which didn't disappoint me in the slightest. In fact, I often wonder why we haven't seen that before in the live-action films.Comedian John Mulaney voiced Spider-Ham, a pig version of Spider-Man from a very strange dimension that I honestly wouldn't mind visiting. Kimiko Glenn was Peni Parker, the other girl in the group. Peni was an anime version of Spider-Man, which I found incredibly interesting. I never considered Spidey as an anime but her scenes were actually quite impressive. Now, for the two biggest stars of the group. We have Chris Pine who voiced the Peter Parker we all know and Nicolas Cage who voiced Spider-Man Noir, a 30s private-eye who could only see and be seen in black-and-white.
I could definitely see why people have been saying see this in 3D. I saw it in 2D and was not at all disappointed, but I would like to go back and see the 3D version. If it popped off the screen that well in standard view, I can't imagine how awesome it must be when it quite literally is popping.
In conclusion, I was absolutely floored by how incredible Spider-verse was. It was everything Spider-Man should be and everything Spider-Man stands for. Stan Lee would have been proud of this film. I wish he could have seen it. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2018 Nathan Jasper