Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Cinemaster Score: 10/10

Overall Review

When it comes to superhero films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may be the peak of perfection. As a Spider-Man movie in general, this one tops the rest. It has all of the components that make the character so iconic. The voice acting is strong – with an expertly chosen cast for the characters, all of which give outstanding performances. The script written for this film is particularly self-aware with itself, similar to its adapted inspirations. Characters displayed are loyal to their counterparts from the comics and fit well into Spider personas. The characters are likable, believable, and most importantly – relatable. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – unlike most films – had three directors, though the increased number only added to the flick. Not to mention the story that separates this film from the rest of the Spider-Man installments. The Spider-Verse plot is an intriguing one to say the least. Overall, the viewing experience is fun, heartwarming, and loveable. In any scenario you will likely enjoy the watch. For, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one true masterpiece.

The Breakdown

Voice Acting; The cast of this film is amazing. Each role is taken up perfectly by the actors. From the casually fitting voice of lesser known star Jake Johnson as Peter Parker to even minor characters such as Miles’ Uncle Aaron being voiced by Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali. The voice acting present is altogether at its top-notch – especially in consideration of relative newcomer to big films, Shameik Moore. When it comes to portraying a character with voice alone, displaying emotions can be just as difficult as in live-action scenes. But Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has such a well-developed set of actors that – despite their quantities of (or lack thereof) experience – they are able to show the audience how they feel in great fashions. The decisions in who specifically was cast speaks well to their characters. Each of them are audibly the best complements to these classic comic characters brought to life. All of which make for a more fantastic viewing experience, especially for comic book lovers.

Script; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had one of the most self-aware, kinetic, and heartfelt writing in a superhero movie. Everyone has multiple layers to their character, and every single scene has a memorable line in it. Thanks to the script, Miles Morales was turned into one of the most beloved versions of Spider-Man ever seen, and the supporting cast brings an interesting level of depth uncommon in superhero movies. As for the villains, they have clear motivations and a human side to their evil, (save for a certain antagonist who is underused.) Kingpin in particular – while larger than life – is still somehow understandable in his mission. That’s what makes this script so good – that it’s willing to make every character a star in their own way, making Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse all the better.

Characters; The characters in this film are some of the most well-rounded to be seen in years. They all have interesting (or at least fun) back stories that make them unique in spite of strong similarities. Along with that – outside of superhuman abilities – the characters feel real – they feel relatable. To begin, there’s Miles Morales along with the characters in his dimension. They are highly important to the plot and story development. Their actions have a distinct link to Miles’ life and help him grow – for better or for worse. The different Spider-People from alternate dimensions are great, too. These characters are just like their comic counterparts and help fill the movie with more positive tones. All of the Spider-People (excluding Spider-Ham) are fittingly tragic heroes. Going to show that we all have our flaws, but it’s those flaws that make us strong.

Direction; All 3 directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Persichetti, Ramsey, and Rothman) each have a distinctive artistic contribution in this film. They undoubtedly had to use 3 directors to make such a wonderfully imaginative and original superhero flick. Scene after scene, every voice actor is directed perfectly, every story beat is paced well, and every shot is a painting in and of itself. Clearly each director has a love and reverent respect for everything Spider-Man, as they dedicate each frame to a classic Easter egg or comic reference. From the different art styles to the unique characters that are on-screen, everything is excellently orchestrated by these 3 men. Their work may never be replicated (or their success) but their legacy will go on with their stunning direction in this movie.

Story; The plot of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – while based off a series of comics – tells a wholly original tale with all new Spider-Men thrown into the mix. It centers around Miles Morales as he comes to terms with his teenage life as well as his journey into heroism, as is the case with all Spider-Man movies. He has a mission that he never loses sight of in the movie and that’s to bring down Kingpin, who is planning on opening an interdimensional portal for his own gain. This is where our alternate Spider-Men come into play, with each playing a pivotal role in both the progression of the story and Miles’ character. As they develop a relationship with each other, the movie’s heartfelt side comes out – and it’s the emotional moments that are the best and most inspiring scenes in the movie. For an animated flick that some may think is mainly for kids, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse deftly balances its storylines to make one of the best Spider-Man (and superhero) stories in any medium.

Enjoyment; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is definitely one of the most purely enjoyable movies in recent memory. The film has a strong heart at its core. One that powers the movie’s tone into being understandable to audiences. A film that you will care about even after having watched it. Which may not seem like very much of an accomplishment but it isn’t something many films accomplish. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is great for lovers of the classic comic characters with the story being identical nearly word-for-word to its adapted ones. The jokes land well for a good bit of laughter. The soundtrack is really great to listen to during the film. The style of animation is awesome. The individual pieces that audiences love add up to an even greater whole, which is a film that is both heartwarming as well as being a wildly enjoyable experience.

Personal Review

David: “Being fascinated by the concept of alternate dimensions made this film all the more interesting. It caught my attention, as did the story in general, and the style of animation. But in the end what got me was the amount of heart in this film. It’ll get you emotional because of the great story telling. Certainly, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an unforgettably phenomenal movie.”

JP: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of my favorite superhero movies ever, mostly because of how human and original it is. It has a compelling story, a beautiful cast of characters, and some of the best scenes in all hero cinema. All this happened in an animated film, and made me view those movies differently. Watch this movie if you want a journey full of heart, action, and Spider-Men galore.”

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