Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Miles Morales lives a pretty normal life until a mysterious spider bite leads to weird new abilities and his introduction to multiple “Spider-men” all from different dimensions. In order to get back home and set things right again, the unlikely crew must work together to defeat a common enemy.

The best part of this movie is definitely the creative animation and visual effects. Every scene looks like something straight out of a comic book. The music is also perfect for the setting; it’s upbeat, colorful, and youthful.

Miles is a great character with a lot of personality. He’s funny, imaginative, and has compassion for others. Many will be able to identify with him, be it his love for hip-hop or his pride in calling Brooklyn home. Shameik Moore (Dope) supplies the voice work and I think it was a perfect fit for him. He came across as extremely likable and down to earth, which of course make for the perfect superhero.

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An image from Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, Photo Credit: Sony Pictures (2018) 

Another voice worth mentioning is Jake Johnson, who lends his talents as Peter B. Parker, an older, wiser version of the web-slinger from a different dimension. Johnson was undoubtedly well-cast and his character’s rapport with Miles really pushed the film forward. Everyone needs a mentor and while he starts out as a kind of “anti”-mentor, he really does help Miles find his way.

The other “Spider-people” are quite interesting as well; there’s Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage). Each have their own unique origin stories and colorful personalities that add to the already funny dialogue.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is everything a superhero fan can really hope for. It’s stylish, bold and charming, all of which earned its Oscar nomination** for Best Animated Feature Film. IMHO they are a shoo-in! If you haven’t seen it yet what are you waiting for? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still playing in many theaters. Check it out for yourself!

**update as of 2/24/19, the picture did in fact win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Do you think Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse will take home the Oscar in a couple of weeks? Let me know why or why not in the comments below!

 

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