Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a new high point not only animated movies but the entire superhero genre and beyond.
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
Summary: Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
When it was announced that Sony's animated Spider-Man film would be a Spider-Verse movie, fans were a little worried. The first time Miles Morales makes it to the big screen and he's going to have to share the spotlight with a bunch of different characters? Fans worried that the concept would be too weird and that the animation style wouldn't work. But Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best movies of the entire year. It raises the bar for not only animation but for the entire superhero genre.
The worries that Miles wouldn't be the star of his own movie turned out to be unfounded. He is the heart and focus of this film. This is a movie about a young man trying to find his place in an insane world and dealing with the trauma that "becoming Spider-Man" brings. The film follows Miles on this journey; Peter, Gwen, and the other characters are just along for the ride.
The animation is next level. You could freeze any moment in this production, frame it, and put it on your wall. Every single frame of this movie is beautiful and it's amazing that it even exists. It looks like a comic book brought to life. Don't skip this movie simply because it is animated–it is one of the most beautiful movies to come out in years.
Not one minute of the script feels wasted. It is engaging from the minute it starts and continues to be engaging until the end of the post-credits scene. We get to see characters like Spider-Man Noir and Penni Parker and Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham and they are a ton of fun. There are cameos and Easter Eggs that will keep fans searching for background details time and time again. However, unlike Ready Player One earlier this year, this movie doesn't linger on its easter eggs as if to show them off. If you want to find these secrets, the movie is going to make you work for them.
While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is very funny and the jokes all land, it isn't afraid to get serious. There is a body count in this movie and some seriously disturbing implications hidden in the margins if you look for them. This might be an animated movie for kids, but that doesn't mean it isn't emotionally challenging. There is so much depth here that a viewer of any age could walk in and enjoy this one.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best movies of the year and absolutely worth checking out, even if superheroes or animated movies aren't your thing. This one is special, one for the books, a game-changer, and one that you cannot miss.