In a world flooded with animated films, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse stands out with a unique premise, beautiful animation, and an amazing story, albeit some slightly predictable plot twists (NO SPOILERS). The strong colors and multiple animation styles used shows that there is a massive amount of potential in the film industry that has yet to be utilized.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse centers around teenager Miles Morales, who, after getting bitten by a radioactive spider, gains Spider-Man’s powers and works together with 5 Spider-Men, each from a different reality, to save all realities from the work of supervillain Kingpin.
The distinctive plot of this film is brought together by strong animations worked on by over 100 animators, which give this film a very bright and eccentric look, without feeling too overwhelming. Combining multiple animation styles to help give the film a look that resembles a comic book is something we haven’t seen before, and it earned this amazing film several award nominations.
With amazing characters, voiced by the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, and Nicolas Cage, “Into The Spider-Verse” is able to convey its main idea that “anyone can wear the mask.” The many Spider-Men further establish this concept, with each given a unique look, personality, and animation style that makes it clear how different each of their dimensions are from one another.
While an amazing film, it doesn’t go without its flaws. This film is home to many twists and turns which help develop the characters more as the movie goes on. That said, some of the plot twists can be seen as a little too predictable for some bigger Marvel fans, but they do help in reminding us that this is a superhero film first and foremost.
Going in to see this movie, I had very high hopes (A 97% on Rotten Tomatoes can’t be wrong, can it?), and was praying for it to live up to all the hype. It exceeded all my expectations. With gorgeous animation and a story that keeps you glued to the screen, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse isn’t just a good movie, but an amazing movie, worthy of its Best Animated Feature nomination, and a seat at the table with the best animated films of all time.