Yesterday I got the chance to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the new Marvel animation following Miles Morales as he realises Peter Parker wasn’t the only Spider-Man.
I really liked this film.
It comes out swinging (literally) with incredibly fast-paced, zippy animation. You can tell from the first few frames that you’re watching something different from the rest.
The protagonist Miles is very likeable, his journey is one I was stoked to be apart of. Not only does this film skip the boring origins story, it actually mocks it with some hilarious satirical comedy, making it feel like our own private joke.
There’s some great voice work going on here, but what really works is the delivery of the jokes - they hit every beat!
I was so surprised at how dry, awkward and absolutely hilarious this film was.
The music is also integrated well, it served the time and tone of the film perfectly.
However, the film seems to abandon its stand-out style around the halfway mark, and drifts off towards a more generic, monotone animation, but it soon finds its grip again for a pretty epic climax.
There’s also one storyline I won’t spoil (Uncle Aaron) that felt unnecessary, outside of spicing up that more plain second act.
Apart from those fairly minor nitpicks, I had such a fun, refreshing time being in the Spider-Verse, I felt free, motivated, worthy, and I can’t wait to see it again.