Review by Lily Taylor
Spider-man: into the spider-verse picks up where the spider man franchise we know and love left off. This animated film follows New York teen Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, as he battles to find his feet as the hero his city needs following a bite from (you guessed it) a radioactive spider. Joined along the way by five spidey counterparts from all across the multiverse, Miles takes on the villainous King Pin and Doc Ock – female equivalent to known miscreant Otto Octavius.
Jake Johnson arrives on the scene as the sweat-pant clad, overweight Peter Parker from an alternate spider-verse bringing with him a PG version of Deadpool humour. Gwen Stacey joins the mix, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, as super-heroine Spider Gwen. Spideys from three further dimensions complete the squad to take down King Pin and prevent the destruction of New York City. Spider Ham, aka Peter Porker, voiced by John Mulaney, is Acme’s answer to the traditional arachnid super hero. Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn, brings yet another style of animation to the table with her anime inspired character and robotic spidey side-kick. Finally, the team is rounded off with Nick Cage’s take on Spider Man – Spider Man Noir who’s character could be lifted straight from the streets of Sin city.
It’s no wonder that this film won the Oscar for best animation in 2018, it honestly feels like stepping into a comic book. It’s fusion of old school comic style animation and hyper-realistic detailing is entirely unique. It’s not often you see simplistic cell shading alongside immensely detailed textures within the same shot. Into The Spider-Verse brings something for every generation; its hip hop soundtrack spans from The Notorious B.I.G right up to new releases from Post Malone. Achieving a seamless blend of old school soundtrack and animation with a completely modern storyline and ridiculously sharp detailing is no easy task but Into The Spider-Verse knocks it out of the park.
There is only one minimal negative to comment on for me and I’m only doing so in order to justify not giving it a perfect score. When focusing on an interaction between main characters the background graphics are very blurred. In some scenes the background is stationary which I enjoyed and it reinforced a comic book vibe but blurring the background that heavily just didn’t float my boat.