Into the Spider-Verse spins its web with panache

Critically acclaimed and praised by audiences too, Into the Spider-Verse has had a positive reception.  At the outset of the film, we are introduced to notorious criminal Kingpin as he gains access to the power of a particle accelerator, which allows him to reach parallel universes and thus, alternate versions of himself and others. What this means for Spider-Man is multiple beings with spider powers appearing that are as diverse and unique as it gets.

The story is based on the graphic novel, Spider-Verse, a book I’ve wanted to read for some time. The most alluring aspect of the story is the different iterations of Spider-Man: Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Miles Morales/Spider-Man or as he’s referred to in the animated series – Kid Arachnid, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Noir, and Peni Parker, among others. Another cool feature of the film is the utilization of certain methods and stylistic effects seen in comics, including dialogue bubbles and storyboard panels.

This is not your average Spider-Man movie that focuses on Peter Parker and his usual rogue gallery of villains. This is about Miles Morales, a half-Puerto Rican/half-African American teenager who also gets bitten by a genetically-modified spider and gains superpowers. Shortly thereafter, Miles encounters the original web-slinger on the wrong end of a fight with Kingpin and his goons. Kingpin ends up killing Spider-Man, but not before he tells Morales to complete a mission to destroy the particle accelerator.

There are several aspects of this film that are done really well, but the culmination of all of them is what sets it apart from your average superhero flick. The story-line is intricately woven with cleverness, the animation is top-notch, and as mentioned earlier the film aptly utilizes several effects to make the experience of watching this film very similar to reading a comic book. The soundtrack was on point as well – a diverse and eclectic variety of sounds that permeate your mind as you enjoy the other enticing features of the film. Into the Spider-Verse is a movie you want to see!

Genre: Superhero
Rating: 4.25/5