I usually don’t do movie reviews but it is very rare that I am blown away by films, as was the case with Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse. Into The Spiderverse blends the comic art style with animation in what can only be described as seamless.
It is an entirely new take on the superhero genre and one that I hope is continued in the future. The potency of this animation is even more prevalent when you consider how many times Spiderman has been represented on the big and small screens. And instead of just rehashing the same story with a few changes or concessions, both the story and style is completely changed.
Following the story of Miles Morales, Into The Spider-Verse is a kind of multi-layered origin story, featuring multiple spider people that inhabit universes parallel to the original Spiderman and which have been explored within the comics. I was particularly excited about this due to the appearance of Spider Gwen, a hero I have fallen in love with, mostly due to the blend of white and pink that comprises her outfit.
But anyway, back to the story. This movie follows, Miles Morales and his spider pals as they find themselves in the same dimension through what can only be described as a series of fortunately unfortunate events. Into The Spider-Verse has some genuinely fun moments, mixed in with its fair share of emotion and turmoil, which serve to balance out the plot.
Where I think it falls a little flat, and this is personal preference, is the fact that it doesn’t devote a huge amount of time to the alternative Spideys, but this can be excused as they are a supporting cast for what is essentially Miles’ story.
The overarching conflict of the story itself is fairly linear, a basic intro-conflict-resolution storyline, but that isn’t a bad thing. This is especially true when it comes to the number of twists, turns and ‘ohhhhh’ moments throughout the film.
And don’t even get me started on the post credit scene which, and I’m not exaggerating here, is probably the greatest post credit scene ever. Definitely stay to see this.
The soundtrack to Spider-Verse is on another level entirely, adding incredible vibrancy to an already vibrant movie. Featuring artists such as Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Jaden Smith, the soundtrack is a work of art.
Heightening and dropping at just the right times, the soundtrack not only fits with the pacing of the movie, it also acts as an extension of Miles’ own character.
In terms of sound effects, one stood out head and shoulders above the rest and that was the audio whenever Prowler was on screen. It was a prime example of using sound to truly amplify emotion and fear, and just left me so excited whenever I heard it.
All in all, Into the Spider-Verse cannot be done justice in simple words, it is a visceral experience that one must see to understand. If you are a fan of superhero movies, Spiderman, or just wicked animation, I highly encourage you to go check out this movie ASAP.