Take a moment and realize that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the first Marvel (related) feature film to hit theaters following the passing of the iconic Stan Lee. That realization hits you when you go to see this movie which strongly states its case as the premiere animated achievement of 2018!
For once, when it comes to Spider-Man, we get a nice and most welcome change of pace. Instead of navigating the origins of Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows the hero’s journey of one Miles Morales, a Brooklyn youth who swings into action to save his universe from the perilous intentions of Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk before reality as Miles knows it is ripped apart at the seams. Burdened with the tall task of saving the world, Miles has to learn to utilize his newfound powers with under the tutelage of Spider-people from other alternate realities from Peter B. Parker, Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker, Spider-Ham and Spider-Man Noir.
2018 should go down as a marquis year for animated achievement. I have seen many great animated films this year but I LOVED Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and I dare say with the Amazing visuals and animated style paired with the Spectacular storytelling and execution, this may not be just the best animated film of the year but perhaps the Ultimate Spider-Man movie!
Bob Pershietti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman directed a superb film that really shook audiences out of Spider-Man movie fatigue! That is to say that with all of the reboots of the Peter Parker canon, it was like we were growing tired of seeing different takes of the same-old Spidey make it to the big screen over and over with a different actor portraying him but with Spider-Verse we get a genuine breath of fresh air that is exciting, captivating and energizing at the same time and Phil Lord and Rothman should be credited with a vibrant story that fans will not refuse to gush over!
The voice talents of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Valez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicholas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Chris Pine, Jorma Taccone, Joaquín Cosio, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, were all fantastic!
The way this movie was animated, it’s like a playful take on an actual comic book that is fresh and invigorating. Heck, one could say that this movie is probably the best true “comic book movie” of 2018!
Daniel Pemberton’s music is great, Robert Fisher Jr.’s editing is outstanding, Justin Thompson’s production design is stupendous, Dean Gordon and Patrick O’Keefe’s art direction is practically flawless; the technical expertise that went into this animated marvel was so authentic, it’s like you could feel the love that went into making this movie and you love everything you see!
I’m ashamed to admit that I went into Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and underestimated it. This movie blew me away! It’s entertaining, it’s unique and I definitely believe that this is the crown jewel of animated features of the year; in fact, I think this is one of the best movies of 2018!