The geniuses behind marvelously wacky projects like The Lego Movie bring another memorable film to the table: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman are supported by screenwriter Phil Lord to deliver this tale that shows us the first mixed-race superhero in a film’s lead role, Miles Morales, the Spider-Man for a new generation.
There are so many incredible things to be said about this film. I was completely blown away by the outrageous fun I had during my viewing. Still, there’s far more to this movie than a mindless escape.
There was the remarkably unique animation style, truly bringing the wonderfully ridiculous nature of comic books to life on the big screen. The complex story was simplified into a comprehendible narrative, told in an extraordinarily entertaining, amusing, and self-aware fashion.
From there, you had the rich soundtrack perfectly complimenting the style and themes.
On top of all this, there was deep character development, palpable emotion, and true, honest life lessons, derived from none other than the late Stan Lee. Superb voice talent was provided by the likes of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schrieber, and Chris Pine, among others. This is perhaps on par with any other Spider-Man movie ever created, if not even above their caliber.
The following quote, included in the credits, perfectly sums up the film: “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed, without a doubt, a real superhero.” – Stan Lee