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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Some of the last words that Stan Lee ever muttered were, “take care of my boy”. Phil Lord and the (literal) hundreds of designers that contributed to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, have done Stan and co-creator Steve Ditko proud.

This is the best adaptation of the wall-crawler ever to be put on the big screen. Period.

It has been quite an intriguing journey Spider-Man has gone through since Tobey Maguire donned the spandex, with some brilliant highs, and nearly irredeemable lows * cough, sidewalk dancing scene, cough*, with the character’s resurgence in Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, the red and blue web-slinger has had quite a history.

"This is the best adaptation of the wall-crawler ever to be put on the big screen. Period."


Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is here to re-write that history. Luckily, he isn’t alone. Accompanied by a brilliantly portrayed and acted cast, Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), “Spider-Gwen” Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld, Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and perhaps the most brilliant of all Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), the Spider people have come to save the dimension so that they may go back to their own. Moore’s characterization of the Brooklyn native with a pension for butt-kicking truly is very refreshing, as it builds on and creates another memorable adaptation of the spandex clad super-teen. I have to give it to the supporting cast though, Mulaney and Cage especially, as their performances are terrifically entertaining, from Mulaney’s Porky the Pig-esque interpretation of Peter Porker, to Cage’s “if Spider-Man were Dick Tracy”.

After Wilson Fisk (Liev Schreiber) decides to rip-open to the time-space continuum in order to rebirth his wife and son lost in a traffic accident, the world as Miles and the rest of this dimension’s New Yorker’s know it, is going to come crashing upward? Down? Who knows? Dimensions don’t necessarily adhere to the laws of physics.

This is not your grandfather’s Spider-Man.

Quite literally, Brian Michael Bendis didn’t write the character of Miles Morales until 2011. Into the Spider-verse portrays the Spider-Man of the rapidly evolving 21st century. Gone are the days of 1967’s “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can”, in comes some staples of the Millennial sound-culture such as Drake, Post Malone, and Lil’ Wayne to name a few.

Apart from the soundtrack, a few new takes on characters, Kathryn Hahn’s Doctor Olivia Octavius being a prime example, every aspect of the interpretation of Spider-Man is fresh, new, and suited to take on the changing culture of the decades to come. That being said, nothing has changed about the character’s true nature. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character of Spider-Man, be it Parker or Morales as the embodiment of the every man, and that status beautifully adds to the legacy that both men left behind with this film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

All of the thematic, “feel-good” representation aside, this film is beautiful. Sony Pictures Animations has ventured into far left field from former works such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, or even Hotel Transylvania, with their round corner, inflated shape aesthetic, to essentially taking a comic book and bringing it to life, blocked panels, thought bubbles, individual “ink” blots and all.

For the love of all things spider, give the wrist a flick, and “thwip” into theaters to support your dimension’s Spider-person.

5 stars

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

MPAA Rating: PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language.
Runtime:
117 mins
Director
: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
Writer:
Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Cast:
Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Genre
: Action | Adventure | Animation
Tagline:
What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Do animals talk in this dimension? Cause I don't wanna freak anyone out..."
Theatrical Distributor:
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Official Site: https://www.intothespiderverse.movie/
Release Date:
December 14, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available.
Synopsis: Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

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