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When I went to the movie theater and watched a trailer for ANOTHER Spider-Man movie, I was expecting this to just be another animated movie that little kids are gonna watch and enjoy.
And what I WASN'T expecting was to love this movie way more than most of the little kids who also watched this film.
Here's my review!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman and directed by Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey.
The film follows teenager Miles Morales (portrayed by Shameik Moore) as he gets bitten by a radioactive spider and finds himself having to fill the shoes of Spider-Man, with the assistance of the Spider-Men of alternate dimensions, as they team up to take down Kingpin (portrayed by Liev Schreiber).
I have to say, I loved this movie. It had a very interesting story that was actually pretty unique for a superhero film.
Because yes, we have a superhero fighting a bad guy in this movie, as we always do. But the idea to have multiple versions of the same character in the same film while also being very charming and self-aware is something that seems pretty difficult to pull off, but this film succeeded in every way.
This movie is very funny, and it had me laughing for a lot of the film. The jokes are so much funnier when you know a lot about the character of Spider-Man and have seen the original live-action Spider-Man films.
And let's talk about the animation. Towards the beginning of the film, I really wasn't sure about the film's animation. I thought it looked kind of choppy and I felt like it would get kind of annoying. But it didn't. I quickly got used to it and I loved it.
This film is animated like a comic book. So much about the film's aesthetic and overall feel just looks so much like a comic book. And as a result, watching this movie is like reading a comic book and actually hearing the voices in your head as you read it.
You can expect a lot of moments in the film where the screen looks like a comic book, and it really helped with the idea of this being a "comic book movie".
I also loved the character of Miles Morales. He was a funny, charming teenager from Brooklyn with nothing particularly special about him whatsoever. And given that he was just an ordinary kid, the idea that he ended up filling in the shoes of Spider-Man was really cool.
This is a very well-written origin story. It's a movie that really gets you to root for Miles as he finds himself knee-deep in something he wasn't at all prepared for.
It was also really entertaining to see all of the Spider-Men from the other dimensions join Miles to see if he is qualified to be the new Spider-Man. And they were, for the most part, very well-written and fun to watch on screen.
Miles's character arc in the film was very interesting, and I also loved the film's action sequences. They were all really exciting and well-directed, and I had a blast watching it.
Now, for my problems with the film, I think the character of Peni Parker was very stereotypical and weak. She's the cliché Asian girl who's always smiling and saying foreign things and is all cheery and anime and s**t, and I didn't like that.
She was pretty much Yukio from Deadpool 2. The exact same character with the exact same personality, and I'm a bit sick of seeing this stereotypical Asian character.
There's also a twist that I feel could have been constructed better. I think it was a bit forced, but it surprised me.
And those are pretty much all my problems with the film. I loved the story, the directing, the characters, the action, the animation, and I think this is one of the best Spider-Man films to come out in a while. I liked it even more than Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I'm Jonathan Sim, and I give this movie a 9/10.
This is one of my favorites of the year, and if you have time, go watch this film with your family. I can assure you, you won't be disappointed.