Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Is An Animated Masterpiece

For the people that know me, they already know my favorite superhero of all time is Spider-Man.

However, historically I was never a fan of any of the Spider-Man movies. It may sound weird to you, but I hated the Sam Raimi Trilogy and the two The Amazing Spider-Man movies too.

It was not until the 2017 release of Spider-Man: Homecoming did I finally have a positive opinion over a specific Spider-Man movie. At the time last year, I easily called Spider-Man: Homecoming my favorite Spider-Man movie of all time.

However, fast forward to December 2018 and we might have another contender for my favorite Spider-Man movie of all time.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is swinging to theaters worldwide and it could be one of the best superhero movies I have ever seen.

To be honest with you, I always grew up being a fan of the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man as I read lots of comic books from the '90s and I adored the animated TV series too.

I did not know much about the Miles Morales version of the character since I wasn't a fan of Spider-Man anymore as a teenager - (the movies made me go off the character entirely)...

Well Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse finally introduces me to Mile Morales and now I'm a fan of his too.

Sure I'll always have a soft spot for Peter Parker, but this movie does a good job educating people about Miles Morales and his version of Spider-Man.

I have to admit though, people that hate origin stories might get a little bored watching the first half of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The main story doesn't pick up until the halfway mark after Miles Morales gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gets his Spider-Man powers.

The first half of the movie is the only part I felt was a little boring, but once the other Spider-Men (and Spider-Women) show up, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse becomes funny and humorous.

What I love most about the movie is the fact that every character is written well and they all have certain motivations that propel the main story forward.

The villain Kingpin has a valid reason why he's messing with the multiverse, while the rest of the characters just want to go back home to their own dimensions.

It's cool how this movie isn't a cliche story about Kingpin wanting to rule the world or something like that. You will somewhat feel some sympathy for Kingpin, but the person you will cheer for the most is Miles Morales.

Despite this movie being a comedy, I'm actually surprised there are some VERY sad moments in the film too.

I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but there are two moments in the film where I nearly cried because I felt so bad for Miles Morales and seeing the struggles he's had to face.

That said, my favorite parts of the movie is when all of the other Spider-people arrive.

Spider-Gwen is spunky and likable while the lazy version of Peter Parker is a nice surprise. However, my favorite character in the entire movie was Spider-Ham who is a talking pig!

Another great thing about the movie is the unique animation style.

The film looks and feels like a modern graphic novel and the cinematography is excellent overall. It's like you are watching a comic book come to life right in front of your very eyes.

December 2018 has been a great month for comic book movies because both Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse are awesome. What a great way to celebrate the end of the year.

Verdict: 5/5 stars

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