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Animated Addict: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018)


Spider-Man, Spider-Man!  Does whatever a spider can!

After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles Morales witnesses the Kingpin murder Spider-Man.

Soon, he finds himself surrounded by a multiverse of possibilities and danger as he learns what it means to become a hero...

The story for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", is entertaining, fun, and well crafted.  There aren't many moments where you're thinking about something other than the movie.  It had a great balance of action, humour, drama, and tension that flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next.  It would make a great novel in my opinion.

This movie also did a great job with the characters.  Miles, Peter B. Parker (an older alt-universe Peter), and Gwen Stacy (Spider-Gwen to fans) were developed wonderfully throughout the story.  They each had unique personalities that really complimented each other.  Although I'm not a Spider-Man fan in general, after watching this movie, I'm certainly interested in picking up a few of the story arcs with Miles and Gwen.  The supporting Spider-People (Peni Parker, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Ham) aren't as well developed, but are interesting and engaging- adding some great character and story elements to the plot.

I have to say that the voice acting was amazing.  Shameik Moore as Miles Morales really brought a sincerity and realness to the character.  He was incredibly engaging, and pulled me into the characters journey from teenager to hero.  I also really enjoyed Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker.  He gave his role a real sense of wit and emotion that really played well in his character's interactions with Miles.  The chemistry between these two was wonderful.  Hailee Steinfeld brought Gwen Stacy to wonderful life as well.  She had a nice charm and strength that added some nice depth to the character.  The sort of strong female character that I think could easily carry her own film.

Special credit to Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir... just for being Nicolas Cage.

I'm struggling a bit in how to discuss the animation.  I'm struggling because I'm afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it justice.  Simply put, the animation of awesome.  They combine two dimensional and three dimensional animation in a seamless and innovative way.  This film is the most artistically animated film I have ever seen.  They even managed to shading dots used in comics and the famous "Kirby Krackle" into the art style beautifully.  They were also able to do what Ang Lee failed to do in his "Hulk" movie- using comic book paneling and on screen text boxes in a way that added texture, pacing, and immersion to the movie.  Seriously, the animation and art direction is beyond impressive.

If Sony could consistently produce animated films of this calibre, I feel that they would easily rival Pixar for the top spot in the animated film industry.

Don't wait to see this film.  Get it on Blu-Ray and watch it now.  Like right now.  Go!  NOW!

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has webbed it's way solidly into "The Good".

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