When I first saw the trailer for this movie and noticed it was PG, I thought, “Huh. That might be one for the kids and me.” We weren’t in a rush to see it, mind you, but as the reviews kept praising it, and as Rotten Tomatoes continued to maintain a 97% “fresh” rate, I got more and more interested.
I can’t necessarily claim to be a huge Spider-Man fan, nor can my two daughters (ages 10 and 6). I loved his comics as a kid, but generally lost interest in Marvel as an adult. Don’t hold this against us, but we are a DC family through and through.
With all of that being said, if you like Spider-Man even a little, I urge you to see this movie. It has earned every single positive review it has received. I loved it.
There are so, so many reasons to enjoy it. First of all, the voice acting is superb. Check out this cast list and you’ll understand the high quality. The animation also won me over. You’ll have to see it to really understand what I’m saying, but it’s refined yet rough, classic yet edgy, bright yet dark. Best of all? It’s not afraid to do, well, anything. Colors pop, word panels appear, dot matrix appears and disappears–it’s a visual feast.
It also wasn’t afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. As cliche as it sounds, this movie will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you cheer, it will make you think–it engages virtually every emotion available. And while I think it was perfectly appropriate for my six-year-old, my ten-year-old picked up on the messages of self-confidence, self-sacrifice, supporting others, and what it really takes to be a hero. There existed in this movie an inspirational message that managed to pierce this old forty-two-year-old heart of mine.
However, the absolute best trait of the film can be summed up in one word: fun. My gosh, this was a fun movie! The plot is so ridiculously “comic book” that you can’t deny its charm. Kingpin builds a machine that breaches other dimensions, which then pulls many “Spider-People” from various realities into that of Miles Morales, a teenager recently infused with the powers of a spider-man. The movie treats its story seriously, but it doesn’t ever take itself too seriously. I mean, Spider-Ham is in this thing! And while I would ultimately call this a comedy, it has some heart-wrenching moments made all the more so by fantastic voice acting. Oh, and the action. The action is mesmerizing. They do their best with the live-action movies, but only animation can truly capture the essence of Spider-Man. Just look at the poster below and you’ll get a sense of the movement displayed within the film.
Even if you’re only moderately interested in Spider-Man, I highly recommend Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s family friendly, beautiful to behold, funny, action-packed, and delivers several moral messages pertaining to heroism, family, friends, and self-confidence.
I hope you’ll check it out.
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