Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Movie Review : 4/5 Stars)

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the coolest super hero movie ever made. I am usually not a fan of animation movies but as an audience I was so engrossed in the narrative and characters on screen that I forgot if it was an animation or live action. Animation is also unique and brings the actual format of comic books to life.

Screenplay is pitch perfect. It’s perfectly paced, gives enough screen/story time to all different versions of Spider-Men we have here. It never gets messy with all the characters and never loses focus from the Miles Morales. Relationship between Peter Parker and Miles Morales along with journey of Miles Morales from an ordinary teenager to the ultimate coolest Spider-Man is written well and adds soul to the narrative. Film is also funny but in a very balanced manner, humor never feels forced and never takes focus away from the moment (like in the case of most movies trying to replicate successful Marvel movie formula) .

Animation as I mentioned earlier is unique and follows structure/pattern of comic books, like text appearing on screen when characters are thinking, action presented in split screen images with text etc. Makers wanted the film to feel like "you walked inside a comic book" and to achieve this, the CGI animation is combined with all sorts of comic book techniques like, line work, painting and dots etc. to make it look like its created by hand, like traditional comic books. Apart from creating a perfect comic book visual experience, makers have also stayed true to original comic style of each Spider-Man version, like Spider-Ham has the cartoonish animation, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker / SP//dr has the Japanese traditional manga look etc. creating a very interesting visual language.
Cast is also perfect, lead members, Shameik Moore as Miles Morales / Spider-Man and Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man are believable and do their part right. Apart from them I also enjoyed Nicolas Cage as Peter Parker / Spider-Noir, his voice fits perfectly to 1930’s black and white Spider-Man look.

Direction by trio (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman) is on point. Soundtrack is elaborate and aids in overall experience. Action sequences are fun to watch and whole production overall has a very cool feel.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the coolest super hero movie with unique animation and takes u to world of comics in the most authentic way, on top of that it's funny and has a soul that connects to the audience. I go with 4 stars and suggest go check it out in 3D.

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