Someone recently pointed out to me that I put a lot of super hero questions in Can’t Beat Jessica. I immediately said “What!? No I don’t!” Then looking at the questions over the last couple of weeks I realized… I was wrong. I love super hero movies. They were a big part of my Saturday morning routine as a kid (Batman the Animated Series followed by Spider-Man Unlimited and of course X-Men).
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse really breaks the mold of what super hero movies have become. Typically there’s an all powerful villain that’s larger than life and is clearly evil. Straight up no sympathy for the villain because they’re evil to be evil. Need examples? Marvel’s the Avengers: Loki, Doctor Strange: Dormamu, Thor: Ragnarok: the Goddess of Death, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2: both villains etc. There’s too many to count. This Spider-Man movie takes a different approach by focusing on the problem that is causing harm to the city, rather than the villain that caused it. Even when the movie focuses on the main villain, you can sort of sympathize with him a little bit because of the tragic backstory.
Let’s talk the animation style. It’s a completely new and unique approach. It is a really fun and comic book style but lifelike at the same time. The colors are very vibrant and the contrast between the characters helps each universe feel different. This, plus the fantastic writing of the movie is certainly what pushed it over the edge to win this years animated movie of the year at the golden globes.
Plot Analysis (No Spoilers): Somewhat typical origin story. Kid gets super powers and doesn’t know how to use them but figures it out just in time for the final battle. All of the different Spider-Men were super unique. The first played by Chris Pine seems to be reminiscent of the original Toby McGuire Spider-Man movies. Some other notable actors playing Spider-Man characters include Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, and John Mulaney as Spider-Ham. Without giving anything away, the relationship between family members and Spider-Men is what really makes this movie completely original.
It’s fun for the whole family. Take your kids to go see it this weekend. No kids? Take your significant other. Can’t do that either? Go by yourself. I literally saw this yesterday in a matinee theater showing and was literally the only person in the entire theater. It was fantastic. I don’t get the stigma of going to see a movie alone. It’s nice because there’s no one trying to talk to me to ask me questions. But I digress. Don’t delay because it’s only in theaters for a limited time.