Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Could this be the first year since Rango won the award in 2011 that a non-Disney/Pixar animated wins Best Animated Feature? Of course, there weren’t any Disney/Pixar Films released that year, so you have to go even further back in time to the last time when a non-Disney film beat out Disney movies to win the awards (Happy Feet edged out Cars in 2006 and I’m still salty about it). The point is, it doesn’t happen very often, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse has a legitimate chance to do it.

This Review is Spoiler-Free

The Bad

When the worst part of a film is the preview trailers, you know it’s a good movie. Seriously though, the trailers were all for lower end animated kids movies coming out next year like Uglydolls and The Missing Link. I usually enjoy movie trailers (I know, I’m weird) but not this time. But let’s be honest, most people don’t care about movie trailers anyway.

I will say, there are points in the movie where you get a lot of things thrown at you visually and it is kind of difficult to take in. Most of it had to do with the dimension warp machine (definitely not what it is actually called but I forget so we’re rolling with it) because when the machine is on it is just a barrage of bright color and moving objects. I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if this movie had a seizure warning with all of the loud visuals.

Though not the case for me, I could definitely see how people wouldn’t enjoy the style of this film. I think that certain types of people will probably feel ambivalent while others will say it is one of their favorite animated movies of all time and everything in between. You may just have to figure out where you fall on your own.

The Good

This is one of the most unique movies I think I’ve ever seen. It is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen and that is probably why I appreciated it so much. The animation style puts the audience right into the middle of a comic book in a way that we’ve never experienced. The colors are dynamic and vibrant at some points while dull during others, depending on the mood from scene to scene. I know some people were concerned about how the frame rate drops for some of the scenes but I honestly think that just added another interesting element to the unique style of the film.

A bold statement of the day: This is the funniest animated movie I have ever seen! Almost every single character in the movie from Aunt May to Peter Porker has a different style of comedic moments to them that it feels like a very well rounded comedy. I almost would say it is the funniest superhero movie I have ever seen but it is right there neck-and-neck with Deadpool and I know the Deadpool fanboys out there would give me a hard time for it. Overall, however, sorry guys, this movie is way better than Deadpool. 

The story arc in Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse is honestly quite good. We get to see a new portrayal of a variety of different villains from the Spider-man comic book universe. The motivation for our main villain isn’t great but it works. All of the supporting characters are fantastic and they all have their own little subplot that helps add some depth. Lastly, Miles Morales was done very well and I think he is a very easy lead for the audience to get behind.

The last thing that I want to point out is the soundtrack. It was put together by Daniel Pemberton and was meant to kind of represent what teenage Miles Morales probably listened to. They absolutely hit it out of the park! The music fits the style of the movie so well and really added to the whole experience.

The Rating

So the question of the day….do I think this movie will win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Yes, and here is why. The Academy drools over originality, and in a year where both of Disney’s animated releases were sequels, Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse is dripping with originality. If you take a look back you will see that the only sequel to win the award was Toy Story 3 in 2010 so it doesn’t happen often. Also, I just think this movie is a little bit better than both Ralph Breaks the Internet and Incredibles 2, and both of those movies were great. A combination of three things that I love: animation, Marvel, and hilarious comedy. It is no wonder I liked Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse so much.



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