‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’ spins comic book magic seamlessly to screen - offering a vibrant experience that will trap you in its web. ‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’ follows the journey of Miles Morales, a young kid from Brooklyn enrolling in a prestigious school. Miles is a relaxed kid with a spark of talent, but lacks the discipline to direct it. Miles is faced with steep expectations from his family and piles of school work landing on his lap. Doubt in his own abilities, guilt in his inaction, and fear of taking a leap, Miles faces the many things a normal kid encounters at his age. Much like ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ (2017) this is very much a coming-of-age story of a young man trying to find his own identity.
Things become more slightly more complicated when Miles is granted the powers of Spiderman. With his world colliding around him, both mentally and physically, Miles is faced with those same fears, expectations, and responsibilities that he’s always had trouble confronting. With all of these emotions punched into overdrive Miles faces a crossroad, but this time, as Spiderman. All of these themes are spun neatly and symmetrically throughout this film, it’s no wonder we got trapped in the story like a bug in a web. .
Things begin to get even more complex when a blistering array of “Spider people” are introduced. This is where the films composure is tested, and we must say, Spider-Verse handles it masterfully. This is a highly consistent film across the board and that’s reflected in how well it handled its wide range of wacky and wild characters. Each character has their quirks and aesthetic that never gets dull. The voiceover work is fantastic and we’re given such variety that it backs up this concept of each character feeling different. It is this consistency that provides sustained enjoyment from beginning to end.
The charm of Spider-Verse does not lie in its captivating or deeply emotional story, but in the execution of each and every one of its components. With plenty of humour that strikes true and enough heart to invest you into the story, this may be many peoples favourite Spiderman film to date.