Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Motion Picture Rating: PG
Release Date: 2018
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime: 117 mins.
It’s the last Monday of 2018, guys, and I know you’re all excited. I’m not at work today—instead, I’m at home getting ready for my NYE party this evening. But before ringing in the new year, I wanted to quickly talk about one of the last movies I watched in theaters this year.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not a movie I was expecting to love, but am so glad it turned out to be one of the best films of the year for me. Seriously. If I had to describe it in as few words as possible, I’d say this: visually stunning. The animation is incredible. I thought I’d be disappointed with an animated superhero flick, but I was wrong. Spider-Verse was beautiful and made things happen that a live-action film could not (except for Scott Pilgrim, of course). The animation was beautiful and exciting, and made me feel like I was reading a comic rather than watching one.
The cast was perfect, too. I recognized many of the voices, but had to go back and look them up afterwards. I mean, they truly have an all-star cast: Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, Chris Pine as Peter Parker, Zoë Kravitz as Mary Jane, Kathryn Hahn as Doctor Octopus, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin…even Nicholas Cage shows up as Spider-Man Noir, who was easily my favorite character. Literally everything he said made me cry from both laughter and sadness.
And speaking of laughing, this movie is SO FUNNY. People probably pass it off as “just another kid show” because it’s animated, but it made me laugh harder than any other movie this year. I loved it. And I hope if you’re a Spider-Man fan, you’ll check it out, because it’ definitely an amazing experience, both visually and story-wise. It’s definitely a unique superhero film, driving home the fact that anybody can be a superhero, not just the Peter Parkers of the world.