Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Movie Review - Cebu X-Geeks


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Movie Review

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg
Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Story by Phil Lord
Starring Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber

In just the past twenty years, Hollywood has released a whopping six Spider-Man films (not including this one and next year’s Far from Home, and not to mention the other Marvel movies featuring the character), so you’d think by now the web-slinger would have gotten a little stale with audiences and left filmmakers few avenues to further take the character. But enter the first animated feature, and a new lead in Miles Morales, and all those initial apprehensions I had when I first heard about the development of this movie pretty much melted away like slime from a turdy Venom movie.

The visuals alone are enough to make to make this movie stand out from the slew of CGI-animated films we’ve seen in recent years, and Into the Spider-Verse might even prove a landmark in the long run. Its design is purposefully meant to resemble a comic book reading experience, with all the dazzling colors and “flippy,” stop-motion-y gestures from the characters, though this might take some getting used to as certain elements like thought bubbles and bold onomatopoeic terms slicing across the screen haven’t seen this level of translation in film. Characters are, for the most part, enjoyable, and the dynamic between Peter Parker and Morales is one of the best mentor-student relationships I’ve seen in superhero cinema. Also, it’s great we finally get to see the Kingpin realized in a Spider-Man feature, though one can’t help but feel his motivations here are a bit rushed and not satisfyingly fleshed out.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, in one word, energetic, able to convey the character’s agility and youth in a way that live action films so far haven’t been able to. And the tributes to Stan Lee throughout the narrative will no doubt tug at you, whether you’re a hardcore Spidey fan or a casual viewer of superhero films.

Score: 8/10

About the Reviewer

Charles SanCheese is an avid reader, student of literature, and pop-culture vulture. He works as a copy editor in Mandaue City and has lived in Cebu his whole life. 

He has authored several essays, short stories, and lengthier works of fiction, all of which can be found in the grand annals of his personal hard drive. Follow him on Twitter at @charlesancheese.


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