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Now Showing: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Marvel’s first attempt at an animated “Spider-Man” film has unfortunately failed to bring any originality to the story, with an unimpressive and bland plot.

“Spider man: Into the Spider verse”  is the newest addition to the series and the only different aspect is the type of animation. The graphics mimic that of a comic book, with thought bubbles and sound effects sprawled on the screen, unlike any other type of animation I have seen before.

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is an artistic and rebellious teenager attending a prestigious middle school who  becomes the second Spider-Man in his dimension after being bit by a radioactive spider. He makes a promise to the other Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine) that he will shut down the machine built by the notorious Kingpin (Liev Schreiber). During a battle, the machine explodes and causes different versions of Spider-Man from other dimensions to be transported to Morales’s dimension.

Intense action scenes display each of the superheroes’ unique powers and strengths. Morales not only has the classic “Spider-Man” abilities, but also invisibility and electricity. Throughout the movie, he learns to control these special abilities. His battles are nerve racking, but at times cliche. Similar to other Marvel movies, the origin story of Morales and his journey to becoming “Spider-Man” is  a difficult road, devastating at times. However, the movie also integrates comedy that helps to cheer up both the characters and the audience.

The plot is the major downfall of the film. There are  only a couple plot twists; the story is in need of more surprising elements. The ending is inevitable and predictable: the heroes win and evil is defeated. Nothing exciting is brought to the table, and the plot falls short of anything amazing.  

One of the biggest flaws of the movie is the graphics. The film’s attempt to emulate  comic book art with a pixelated effect makes some scenes unclear and hard to watch. Compared to other 2018 animated films that showcase recent  technology, “Spider man” visuals are disappointing.

Overall, the film is very much like that of all superhero movies. The hero always gets  back up and is able to defeat the villain. By working together the team could accomplish anything, and the rookie of the group was able to control his powers and become a hero.

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2 Responses to “Now Showing: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse”

  1. XXXRUBENTACION on January 24th, 2019 8:34 pm

    A hero’s journey movie is about the journey, not the finish. Calling it “inevitable and predictable” can be applied to every other genre in a way such as “He got the girl in the end so the movie was too predictable”. The animation of spiderman was purposely choppy so the movements are a more snappy and comic book like look.

  2. Johnny Sins on January 24th, 2019 8:34 pm

    This review was an interesting read but has major flaws in the entertainment industry as it stands. I recommend looking up heroes journey arc types and as well origin stories. Its almost as this review was soley based on opinion and not an artist standpoint. Never mentioned was the character development of Miles Morales other than he was rookie who became a hero. As well was the animation critique, thats soley where this movie hits that marketing and artist foreground. The unique artstyle and frames per second is made specifically for that movie so calling it out for not being on par with other titles without any other critism loses it value. To be a critic means to have critism, this whole review felt to be just personal preferences from an audience member rather than someone who analyzed and put genuine claims for improvement.

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