Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This maybe the first time I ever seen Spider-Man being animated in this upcoming animated feature. And no, I’m not talking about the 1994 animated series, I’m talking about how this beloved animated film that features not only Spider-Man, but also Miles Morales who lay eyes on the actions and witness of Spider-Man as well as the team of Spider-heroes from a different dimension. The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have brought this whole Spider-Man idea to Sony in 2014 as the film’s producers and know if the idea really works, the answer is a simple “yes.”
This film centers a young man named Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) who is bitten by a spider and gains spider-webbing super strengths. He also encounters several chaos happening in the city as well as bumping into Spider-Men and Spider-Women whom he eventually teamed up to save the universe.
There is a major turning point in the story: The character development of Miles Morales that carries the structure of the film. Even though Venom was already released which performed badly to public despite earning over $800 million at the box office, the world still needs another Spider-Man film.
I’m a devotee to animated films [predominately] as well as comic-book films like 2012’s The Avengers and 2018’s Black Panther. For those who love comic books and Spider-Man, Miles Morales became a rousing success as a spin-off character who finds life meaningful after greeting and receiving advices from the team of Spider-heroes consisting of Peter B. Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Peni Parker (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) in a Anime style, and legendary Nicholas Cage as Noir version of Spider-Man. Not only them, but also Morales’s parents (voiced by Brian Tyree Henry and Luna Lauren Velez) which become the center of the story’s dynamics.
The directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman did such a fantastic job of keeping the pace of storytelling, the plot, and forming the line of diversity actors in the film. The animation really shines it all like magic. The comedy and the sound effects are well used for a slow or fast paced-action. I also enjoy the cartoon gags from Looney Tunes which are perennial. The different looks and aspects on those Spider-heroes are such a beautiful, smart move to gather more attention viewpoint. The music coming from Daniel Pemberton (2015’s Steve Jobs, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) sounded very well and fitting for an action-packed film. Let’s not forget about Stan Lee’s cameo showing up in the film.
However, I have some troubles from Into the Spider-Verse due to lack the character developments on the Spider-Men, Spider-Women and the villains. There isn’t enough explanation why both of them didn’t come along way since they both meet each other onscreen together. It definitely sounds confusing and really got myself off course when it comes to social relationships. In addition, my dislike also includes the filmmakers using little too much action sequences as an advantage of an action-animated film, comparing to any Anime films.
(Review by Henry Pham)