Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a teenager from Brooklyn gets bitten by a radioactive spider unbeknownst to him and develops spider-like qualities as a consequence of the same. In his quest to search for answers, he ends up meeting the real Spider-Man aka Peter Parker (Chris Pine) who soon dies in a fight against Green Goblin and Kingpin as he attempts to switch off a particle accelerator but not before giving Miles a chip to disable the machine. As Miles begins to introspect the prospects of him being the Spider-Man after Peter, he is met by another Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
How could there be two Peters? How is Peter alive, or is he? How will Miles find out all the answers that he seeks for while also saving himself from Kingpin?
Positive Points: –
- Into The Spider-Verse is loads of fun but it knows when to be serious as well and when it alters its face, it’s still equally mesmerising.
- At nearly 2 hours, the film is too long for a standard superhero animated flick but it’s too high on thrill to keep you off your toes.
- The voice performances, of course.
- The comic-book styled animation is not just something fresh but also captivating as the viewer feels his/her own presence in the film.
- Direction, screenplay and all its technical aspects have been accomplished with great exquisiteness.
Negative Points: –
- There are times when the film takes itself too easily and there are also times when it becomes too melodramatic to be good.
- Into The Spider-Verse doesn’t make the most of potentially stronger characters such as Jefferson and Aaron Davis. It also has too many characters thrown into a smaller space and somewhat struggles to use a few of them effectively.
The General Aspects: –
I might be among the minority who disliked Spider-Man – Homecoming and I still stand by my views. I won’t delve into what peeved me about that film but I would definitely state that Into The Spider-Verse is everything that I wanted Homecoming to be. It’s a pretty good (if not perfect) blend of fun, thrill and emotions bundled up into a single narrative which is neither too artsy nor too commercial for its own good, something which its MCU feature-counterpart didn’t achieve.
Helmed by three directors, this 117-minute-long animated movie might seem too long as opposed to most similar flicks but its consistency in maintaining its upbeat nature throughout various forms of emotions ensures that you never know when the time passes by. It’s best offering is its comics-styled animation and occasional comic book gimmicks which make its experience a whole lot new and infinitely more likeable. It’s sound mixing and score have been top-notch and its editing by Robert Fisher Jr. is equally sleek. The movie has ample instances of the breaking of the fourth wall and almost all of them are entertaining. Although most character interactions are the way they are in comic books, there are a few moments where they get more real than their feature film counterparts. Into The Spider-Verse is a first-rate work in terms of its technicalities, action choreography, direction and induced fun and thrill but its heart and soul lie in its most emotional moments which reckon with the real scenarios of everyday life. Though the film doesn’t imbibe any new teaching in the viewer’s mind and is more like the Spider-Man flicks of the early and mid-2000s, it still hits the audience hard and with great effect.
Now, I do have issues with the lack of development of Jefferson and Aaron, I believe that Miles equation with both of these people could have been explored in a better way, I was surprised how the makers went too easy with the film as time passed, and I understand that the mawkishness in its third act could have been trimmed down into a more matured denouement; but overall I also realise that the audience gets over all of this and eventually finds the positivity in the narrative which is infinitely larger as compared to its flaws. It’s not about the science of filmmaking where Into The Spider-Verse excels, it’s the art of reaching out to the people where it reigns supreme.
Voice Performances: –
There isn’t much to enumerate about voice performances in animated movies but it’s still necessary to mention that each and every performer has done his/her own job brilliantly. The best performers, in my opinion, will easily be Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson, especially the latter who portrays a beaten superhero in a terrific harmony of both cynicism and optimism. On the other hand, Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir is simply brilliant. Hailee Steinfield’s Gwen Stacy, Kathryn Hahn’s Olivia Octavius and Liev Schreiber’s Kingpin are also noteworthy.
Final Verdict: –
Spider-Man – Into The Spider-Verse is an out and out entertainer with a lot of depth and understanding of its own characters as well people in real life. It’s technically brilliant, no doubt, but it’s a movie that reaches out to you instead of being the other way round. It’s not a film that will be watched and forgotten and will find its relevance among fans of both movies and comic books alike for a long time to come. I’ll say it again that it has everything that I actually wanted to see in MCU’s Spider-Man – Homecoming and is arguably the best superhero film of the year, and I’m not forgetting Russo Brothers’ Avengers – Infinity War as I make this statement.