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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Jan 5, 2019 - 6:15:16 PM

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A superior take on the much beloved comic book hero with an amazing story told using spectacular visuals and sensational action to create the ultimate in modern animated cinematic experiences.

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. 

One of the taglines for this movie: Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. A young teenager is thrust into the life of a superhero after being bitten by a spider from another dimension. As he tries to learn how to properly become the hero he wants to be so he can protect those he loves from a world ending cataclysmic event, he finds himself under the tutelage of other beings with similar powers temporarily trapped in his dimension.

Miles Morales aka Spider-Man is a teenager adapting to the fact that he has to go to a new school where more is expected from him and deal with new powers he must learn to master in a short period of time. Peter B. Parker aka Spider-Man is the reluctant mentor of Miles due to the fact that he needs his help in order to get back to his dimension before he destabilizes. Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Woman is a classmate of Miles at his new school who is secretly from an alternate dimension and is desperately seeking a way to return to her dimension of origin. Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin is the benefactor to the Super Collider project at the company Alchemax and is using it to get back what he has lost regardless of its dimensional harm.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a visual feast to behold with such lavish imagery that you will find something new to delight your eyes every time you watch it. This is the future of animated storytelling and the filmmakers are able to find the right balance of action, comedy and drama to keep you emotionally invested as your mind immerses your being in the vivid sequential art displayed upon the cinema screen. The voice cast is able to capture the nature of each character they portray with undeniable talent as even the slightest inflection on a word during a conversation gives depth to the truth of that scene's gravity whether humorously comedic or seriously dramatic. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman do an awe inspiring job of directing this film together and every frame is a painting worthy to be analyzed. The screenplay by the aforementioned Rodney Rothman and the accomplished Phil Lord is a thing of beauty as it repurposed parts of the rich Spider-Man comic book lore to present a fresh & imaginative take on the concept of the hero’s journey. The music by Daniel Pemberton is dynamic and infuses each scene with a sense of vibrant urgency, but it is the soundtrack that truly captures the youthful zest for life that is wonderfully depicted with each song chosen to usher in or sidekick a scene. It still blows my mind that the creation of the character of Miles Morales finds its origin in the fact that Donald Glover wanted to audition for the part of Peter Parker for the Spider-Man movie that  ended up casting Andrew Garfield in the role. This is easily one of the best animated films of 2018 and also one of the best cinematic releases of the year. I rate this movie going experience a rating of 4 & 1/2 out of 5.
P.S.
There is a post-credit scene that gives us a glimpse at more members of the extended Spider-Man universe from even more specific eras of the character from comics and television.  

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