Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fantastic movie with a unique premise. A new take on both the traditional Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man adds both a new perspective and a refreshing feel, rather than simply another installment in a series of Spider-Men. Creating a magnificent masterpiece of faithful animation, Into the Spider-Verse is a bold, refreshing take on an increasingly obscure world that marks itself as the animated feature of the decade.
What viewers will notice first about the movie is the main character: a young, Afro-Latino teenager who feels out of place at his elite prep school. This is one of my favorite aspects of the movie; Marvel decides to take a break from its routine and base the story off someone other than the bland, bookish Peter Parker. While the story does portray Peter as a dashing, compassionate hero, the break from the blinding caucasian-ness is a great relief.
Second to the eye is the superb animation. Blending the traditional (yet simple and graceful) style of comic books and the modern and smooth style of animation results in a dazzling display of Marvel’s capabilities, extending past the impressive but somewhat unoriginal screenplay. From sweeping shots that integrated stylistically marked character models to meaningful close-up shots, Into the Spider-Verse revolutionizes what comic-book animation can be.