Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is simply one of the greatest animated films of the decade. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Into The Spider-Verse is beautifully crafted, perfectly executed and brilliantly captured the magic of Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse didn’t ‘have’ to work. They could have easily made a by the numbers animated Spider-Man film that targets the kid audience. Instead, the film decided to be daring, bold and unique by aiming at an older audience. The film does not hold back serious moments with emotional writing, dark undertones and violent action. Spider-Verse is the best superhero films of the 2018.
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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse tells the story of Miles Morales finding his place in the world. Like every Spider-Man story, the themes of responsibility, teenage life and sacrifice reverberate across the film. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse goes across the multiverse to bring Spider-Men (and women) on a fast paced, colorful, emotional and beautiful story that captures the heart of what Spider-Man is all about. Miles Morales makes for the most relatable version of Spider-Man yet. The youngest, most inexperienced Spidey of the group, he is constantly learning, adapting and filling the mantle of the Spider. The villains are also quite strong. The Kingpin, Green Goblin and other surprises show up and have moments of complete brutality. Each and every character of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse feels real and has their own character arcs and motivations. For an animated feature primarily aimed towards kids. This feels amazingly refreshing.
The animation of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is one of the most unique styles every seen in animated films. The phrase living comic book gets thrown a lot with superhero movies. While films like Avengers: Infinity War and Aquaman, definitely feel like they are stripped right from pages of the comics, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is literally a moving coming book. The animation is simply stunning, textures are constantly changing, different characters have their own distinct animation style and feels as they are trapped in a world that is lush, colorful and vibrant. Likewise, the score of the film is simply beautiful. It is coupled with a selection of strong music choices both new and old to complement the scenes and characters.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has a message it wants to tell the audience. The message is beautifully tied into the ideal that Spider-Man lives by, “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility.” While not a Peter Parker story, classic Spider-Man still manages to have an amazing presence on and off screen. Without spoiling, fans will be both excited and even surprised with the risk taken with the Parker character. In my own personal head cannon, I’d like to this of this film as a Spider-Man 4, considering how this Peter Parker has done everything Raimi’s Spider-Man did, it actually works really well and personally made the idea of Miles in that universe even more appealing.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is frankly the perfect comic book film. Stunning animation, beautiful score, related heroes, an engaging plot, thrilling action set pieces and a very somber, emotional core to guide it through, the film has literally everything you’d like in a superhero film. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not just the best comic book film of 2018, it’s one of the greatest superhero films of all time.