Into the Spider-Verse is not only the origin story of the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, but it is the story of the spider multiverse collapsing. It is up for Miles to team up with very colorful spider characters from different realities to fix the multiverse, while at the same time, discover what it truly means to be a hero.
There was one word in here that totally best sums up the movie. It was during the scenes where Miles was at school. It was “vision.”
Now that isn’t just talking the colorful, flashy, and bright colors or the fact that the whole film looks like a comic book brought to the big screen. I believe that word is a nod to the creative ideas being put into place and how innovated the movie itself is. There was an upwards of 142 animators for this, the largest crew for an animated film made by Sony Pictures. One would think that this many animators working under roof with different styles would be a colossal mess, but surprisingly no, it works extremely well. Each unique style worked hand-in-hand. None of the styles competed in the movie and they all worked how they were intended to for the film. This movie was a visual treat for the eyes. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wanted to make the audience feel like they walked inside a comic book, to which the two nailed it.
Nearly all of the scenes in this movie look like you’re watching a comic-book or in some cases, reading. As they are times where speech bubbles come into play. There are times where scenes would have Ben-Day Dots (coloring technique/printing process used for illustrators) to really add that comic-book feel and there would be double images, particularly in the foregrounds or backgrounds. Which makes me wonder what this film looks like with 3D glasses or shown in IMAX.
But this is of course not a style over substance movie, there is plenty of substance throughout.
The main character of Miles Morales was great and his journey of becoming the new Spider-Man was paced really good. His path was learning how to control his spider powers and all of the responsibilities that he must carry in order to become the best he can be was done so well. This is aided for the fact that Morales himself was relatable, funny, and is just a normal kid who is trying to find his place in the big, multi-dimensional world.
Peter Parker, the Spider-Man who has been the hero for a long, long time and who doesn’t seem to care about life or the hero gig too much, was very good. It was very interesting to see his side of the story and why he acts the way he behaves. He being the disheveled mentor for Morales was great and their relationship intertwined nicely. Both learned off each other, knowing their weaknesses and strengths. Miles is learning from Peter on how to become a perfect hero, while Peter is learning from Miles on to reconnect with the life that he mostly takes for granted.
All of other Spider People were all a real treat to see. Spider-Gwen was really good and I’m glad that she didn’t a start romantic relationship with Miles, which was one of my biggest fears going into this movie. It was realistic and I loved that. You have Spider-Man Noir, who was voiced by Nicolas Cage which was sweet. His black/white style was very cool and he was funny as he was taking things seriously. It almost like if Spider-Man had the mind of Batman. There was Peni Parker who was so cool to like at visually with her robot companion. Her anime appeal was very lovely executed and it complicated very well to her cutesy, fast-paced, and hyper-real motif. Then you have Spider-Ham, which if one were to look at, would roll their eyes of how ridiculous this character is. But once again, he works so well with his Looney Tunes style and the classic cartoon antics that he whips out in case of danger. Like I said, each one of these characters had their own respective visual approach that works nicely with them and it is just so cool to look at with the eyes.
There was the main villain of the movie, Kingpin. Which I was very skeptical about going in seeing that his look is SO exaggerated, but it works in this type of movie. His exaggerated humongous stature was very funny as he pretty much covered the entire screen in a lot of scenes he is in. He wasn’t generic at all, there was actually motive for why he was doing the things he was doing and I liked that.
All of the other characters were very good as well. There wasn’t any character that I felt was unneeded or terrible by all means. Each one of them played their respective roles nice.
The voice-acting and the writing were all done very well to deliver a movie that is funny, compelling, engaging, and emotional at certain points. This isn’t a film that is strictly for children, as adults can come into this movie and be thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.
Now with all the high praise, I’m giving this film, there are a couple grips I have. The action in the movie was very paced and energetic, which was very cool to see don’t get me wrong. But at points, it can be kind of all over the place and it can be tough a bit to figure out what’s going on. A good example is when all the Spider People are fighting enemies in the living room in Aunt May’s home.
The final climax resolves itself a little quickly. I wish it was a bit longer to show the importance of the circumstances that are coming in to play.
Miles Morales gets invisibility/electrical powers very fast to a point where I didn’t know how he got them in the first place. Now I may have to watch again to see, but this goes into play with the high energy that the film delivers. Which I really love, but it can be a little issue in certain areas. A couple more moments where things settled down would have been effective.
This film is a definite must-see for everyone of all ages. This is definitely one of the best-animated movies I’ve seen in a long time and is one of the best, if not, the best Spider-Man movie to date. This movie was a “vision” brought forth by many talented people and they succeeded.