Considering the new animated 'Spider-Man' instalment is sitting at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% on Metacritic at the time of writing, my expectations for this film were quite high. As Vox points out, since 2002 Sony has released six different Spider-Man movies with 3 different Peter Parkers, which means this animated Miles Morales has some big boots (or Jordans) to fill. Did he do it?
This movie is an adrenaline-filled, action-packed, visually stunning, funny, clever and engaging masterpiece of an action film that injects some much-needed life into the genre of superhero films that have oversaturated the industry for 10 years now. We needed a brand new hero and in Miles, we got that and then some.
It's clever. It's ridiculously funny. It's not afraid to make fun of itself or the franchise of Spider-Man as a whole. It's just downright excellent. Miles Morales, the first black Spider-Man ever, opens up a portal to find alternate reality Spider-Mans and fights a supervillain and falls in love. The classic coming-of-age story should feel heavy, but it doesn't. It's as wild as the comics were and an inspiring, wholesome, relevant and engaging story.
The world of this Spider-Man is gorgeously realised, bathed in adrenaline and creativity that boldly defines it as like nothing you've ever seen. The bright, bold colours and the use of the cityscape screams a modern elegance we haven't seen in animated filmmaking ever. It isn't a cheap version of the comics, it is a masterpiece in its own right.
One of the biggest drawcards to the film is without a doubt the music. Check out the whole playlist here, but rest assured that it is full of some of the biggest names in hip-hop right now, which means the soundtrack is just as energetic as the film itself.
Without a doubt, 'Into The Spider-Verse' is one of the best Spider-Man movies ever made. If you were in doubt about seeing this - do it. It's one to remember.