Sony Pictures Animations’s Spider Man : Into The Spider-Verse is finally here, and it is in a word, amazing.
With a few tweaks, the next entry in the Spider-Verse Saga Be ever Better. Here are some aspects which the filmmakers totally nailed, and some which left a little, very, very little, room for improvement. But be warned : some minor spoilers abound.
1st BEST : THE ANIMATION
The film’s animation is pretty much incredible. Its looks as if it were ripped from the pages of comic book, in more ways than one. Not only the characters design pretty much perfect, but the film makes frequent, clever use of comic book tropes like dialogue boxes and sound effects which are spelled out onscreen. At times, the animation straddles a fine line between the styles of comic books and cartoons, which is altogether appropriate for a PG-rated film featuring the first onscreen appearance of the spectacular Spider-Ham, an alternate versio of Spidey who is a talking, anthropomorphic pig.
Into the spider-verse takes full advantage of its medium, with knockout action sequences that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to create in live action, and characters that simply wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
But for all that Into the Spider-Verse gets right in this respect, theres one aesthetic choice that could have perhaps been reined in a little bit.
1st Worst : THE RENDERING OF THE BACKGROUND
The filmmakers took the comics inspired look of the film to an extreme never before seen on film, and then it works,it really works. But when it does not, it becomes distracting.
The film backgrounds sometimes become intentionally blurry, seemingly in order to help keep the viewer’s focus in the middle of screen. Its a strange contrast with the clean, sharp lines of the characters and foregrounds, but,
At times, it does not so much invoke comic book art as it does threaten to give the viewer a headache.
2nd Best : MILES MORALES
Into the Spider-verse finally gives spidey fans the first big screen appearance of miles morales, the afro-latino teen who took over as Spider-man in the now-defunct ultimate universe before plot machinations transplanted him into the mainstream Marvel continuity.
The voice performance by Shameik Moore is spot-on , expertly capturing Miles’ awkwardness, humor and determination.
“Can Spider-Man turn invisible?’’
Not in my universe. You just poked me in my eye!
This is incridible some kind of fright of flight thing?
He makes every step of the teen’s arc from vulnerable kid to badass hero ring true, and he has an excellent chemistry with a pudgy schlubby alterate universe Peter Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson.
But Unfortunately, that chemistry also serves to highlight one of the flick’s other shortcomings.
2nd Worst : FEW CHARACTERS GET SHORT SHRIFT
Into the Spider-verse employes a hilarious device to introduce all of its alternate Spideys. At the fim begining , Peter Parker briefly explains his origin and career as Spider-Man in a voice over.
“My name is Peter Parker, I’m pretty sure you know the rest. I saved the city, fell in love, and then saved the city again, and again, and again.”
It’s simple, it’s concise, and it’s repeated by each of the new Spideys as they’re introduced. This device is so light-hearted and funny that it’s easy to ignore how it effictively glosses over the orgins and careers of these other characters, but it does, and this kinda stinks.
We miss out on learning about universes of Spider-Man Noir peni Parker , and Spider-Ham. While the omissions make senses from a storytelling standpoint, the movie is so fun that we can not help but want more. The characters shine on the scree during their breif time on screen, but the truncated introductions end up leaving the alterate Spideys feelig just a bit underdeveloped. Well, all of them, that is, except one.
3rd Best : SPIDER-GWEN
Into the Spider-verse’s Gwen is everything fans could have hoped for, highly capable, and with the mix of compassionate sarcasm that’s a hallmark of any spidey.
Both the character and Steinfeld’s performance are appealing enough that it’s no wonder Sony greenlit an all-female Into the Spider-verse spin-off , in which Gwen will almost certainly take a lead. Sure, Into the Spider-verse in now only just hitting theaters, but Spider-Gwen’s return to the big screen can not come soon enough
3rd Worst : THE KINGPIN
Into the Spider-verse features more than one villain, but discussing them all would venture a bit too far into spoiler territory. The film’s biggest bad is Wilson Fisk, a.k.a the kingpin, and while it’s a perfectly acceptable choice, considering the character’s long history with Spidey, Some fans might find that this version of Fisk leaves a bit to be desired. For starters, the character’s rendering is pretty distracting, as he is roughly the size and shape of minivan, and literally shaped like one, as well, easily four or five times larger than any other human character in the film. Considering how ridiculous he looks in a movie with an actual talking cartoon pig, it’s actually kind of impressive
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All that aside, Into the Spider-verse remains one of the very best superhero movies released in 2018. And with competitions from the likes of Black Panther, Deadpool 2, and Infinity War, that’s really saying something.