I can be critical of movies, but sometimes there is a rare occurrence where every single part of the film is done beautifully, with so much heart and passion. The story, the characters, the music, the cinematography, the editing, all come together entirely. I felt that feeling three years ago when I watched Mad Max: Fury Road. I thought it again when I watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
This movie seemed insanely hard to pull off from the start. The first animated Spider-Man movie, made by Sony (who have had a lousy track record with Spider-Man films), written by a plethora of writers, and had to introduce 6 new spider people in 2 hours. The Amazing-Spiderman 2 could barely handle 1 spider person. Yet it all works, giving more credit to the creators.
The animation style can be disorienting at times, but it’s definitely a pleasure to watch. It feels so unique from any other animation movie, especially considering most of them are merely use 3D modeling, films like Toy Story and Despicable Me. The Spider-Verse plays a lot with mixing 2D and 3D animation, as well as adding lots of comic book effects. The end product comes out as a comic book literally brought to life.
The plot is surprisingly heartfelt, considering how ridiculous the plot is, and how many different plot points that are stuffed inside it. It grounds the movie with emotional beats on the main character Miles Morales, who is fascinatingly complex and deep, even though he has to compete with Peter Parker, a character who has been Spider-Man since the 60s. Miles also has to deal with problems relating to family, school, social anxiety and more, while dealing with saving the world and his newfound spider powers. Now, Peter Parker also deals with the same things in his movies (it seems to be a trademark for people with Spider powers), but the film makes it feel fresh by giving it a lot of variances. For example, Miles has to deal with an overprotective dad, while also dealing with his Dad as Spider-Man. Also, in spite of the massive amount of characters, I felt an emotional connection with every single one of them, which is the sign of an excellent script.
I don’t want to say much more, other than WATCH THIS MOVIE. It’s the type of movie you really want to be able to see in theatres because it goes beyond just being a movie. It’s an experience.