Viewed – 19 July 2019. Online rental
I wasn’t that fussed about watching this. This is mainly down to the fact, I’ve found the recent Spider-Man movies underwhelming. However I kept hearing good things about this, especially the animation so I thought I’d give it a go. Miles, a young black kid with a talent for graffiti, gets bitten by a radioactive spider after trespassing into an underground facility. There he witnesses a battle between Spider-Man and various super villains just as an experimental device creates an inter-dimensional rip in reality. Soon after Miles discovers he has wall crawling abilities just as various other ‘Spider-Men’ appear from alternative realities.
Immediately I was taken back by the excellent animation and particularly wowed by how it combines the look of 2D comic book art with CGI – it’s certainly a style I want to see more of. The story whilst initially a bit cliched anchors itself with convincing relationships and a solid learning-to-be-a-hero ark. The various multi-verse versions of Spider-Man are also a great idea ranging from a brooding noir style to Japanese animation and even a Porky Pig-style incarnation. We also get the semi-usual Spider-Man and even Spider-Gwen. Action throughout is also inventive, exciting and a visual showcase.
Villain Kingpin’s look is too exaggerated for my liking, but characters like The Prowler (something about that guy sends shivers) and Doctor Octopus are a welcome addition. For a movie called ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ the fact multiverses aren’t especially explored is disappointing, and the final battle has a bit of a weak conclusion. However for a Spider-Man movie this is a step-up from The Amazing Spider-Man movies and even Homecoming. Recommended.
Verdict: 3.5 /5
As a big fan of the 1960s/1970s era Spidey, I agree- this was much more like the Spider-Man I remember, even if they did modernise things somewhat. It had the heart, I think; the innocence. The movies have turned me cold and I didn’t see Homecoming -nor the recent Far From Home – at the cinema, which is pretty shocking as I’m such a huge fan of the comics. If you have Netflix, there’s a few installments of its sci-fi anthology show Love, Sex & Robots that feature animation in a similar style to this.