Film Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I feel kind of negligent that I took this long to go see this movie.  Luckily I waited for optimum conditions for a great viewing experience.  I hit up an early matinée to avoid crowds, and brought my dynamic duo along to be true judges of the quality of this film.  At this point, I’m going to either assume that most people have either seen the movie, or heard the hype.  If all you’ve done is hear the hype let me add to it:  This movie is awesome.

It is easily among the best comic book movies ever made, and probably the best animated one I’ve ever seen.  It’s family friendly, and hits all over the emotional spectrum.  My kids moved from laughing so hard I’d thought they’d fall over, to my daughter shedding a few tears(she’s very empathetic).  All in all, they loved it.  Afterwards my daughter thanked me for taking them.  My son just went on and on about Spider-Ham.  He loved that pig!

The film itself looks amazing.  It looks and feels like a blend of CG and comic book art.  Almost like the pages of a book are coming to life right in front of you.  It’s a really unique look, and it just fits perfectly.  The scene in the trailer where Myles leaps off the building is absolutely breathtaking on the big screen.

spiderverseThe story is like a comic book crossover.  It begins with Myles Morales going to school, spending time with his family(the scene where his Dad drops him off at school is a personal favourite), and finally doing some graffiti in an abandoned subway tunnel with his Uncle.  It’s here that Myles gets bitten by a radio-active spider and the story begins in earnest.  Myles witnesses his world’s Spider-Man get killed by the Kingpin, and is lost in trying to figure out his powers.  Until an alternate universe Peter Parker shows up.  He is soon joined by a whole gang of Spider-men and women:  Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir.  It’s a great cross-section of Spider-Men, and each has their moment to shine, as well as serving as a great introduction to more of the Spider-Man universe.

This is a great family film, and there is something in it for everyone.  I loved how they showed the relationship between Myles and his father on-screen, my son loved Spider-Ham, and my daughter loved seeing Gwen Stacy kick all kinds of butt.  It has humour, it has tears, and most of all it has heart.  They really caught what makes Spider-Man such a popular and enduring character and hit it on the head.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour.  Go see this!

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