Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Film, Animation
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Bonkers and a bit brilliant, this Spidey reboot is well worth shelving your Spider-fatigue for.

Thought we’d reached peak Spider-Man? Think again. After umpteen versions, here’s one that embraces the most out-there bits of Spidey lore and forges something totally fresh from them. Yes, it rips through yet more origin stories and sets up another villain with a giant multiverse-opening thingamajiggy, but by the time it’s also chucked a Spider-pig (yes, really), Banksy jokes and buckets of Day-glo-bathed spectacle at you, resistance will be futile. ‘It can get weirder,’ one character points out. It really does.

Inevitably, those giddy Hollywood mavericks Phil Lord and Chris Miller (‘The Lego Movie’) are involved – as co-writer and co-producer. This time, the spotlight falls on the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man: an Afro-Latino high-schooler (voiced by Shameik Moore). Bitten by that radioactive spider, he’s reluctantly tutored by the more jaded Peter Parker version (Jake Johnson), who’s been dropped in from a parallel dimension, complete with a broken heart and a burger belly.

Aside from the welcome sight of an ethnically diverse superhero, we’re treated to a clutter of other Spideys, including Spider-Man Noir, the anime Peni Parker, Spider-Gwen and, yes, Spider-Ham. All have their own animation style, packing each frame with eye-popping visuals. Sure, some of the plot twists are a bit laboured but it’s all so supercharged with charm and eccentricity, it’s hard to mind.

By: Phil de Semlyen

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Release details

Rated:
PG
Release date:
Friday December 14 2018
Duration:
100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Screenwriter:
Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Cast:
Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Lily Tomlin
Hailee Steinfeld
John Mulaney

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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With plenty of hyperbole written about this animated feature, a Spiderman for all, I was expecting to laugh and smile a lot. Instead I felt like I was in one of those dreaded lectures that make you so, so drowsy. Overrated, overdone and apart from a couple of chuckles.....pretty unoriginal. A Spiderman for those Instagram wannabe's and it should be retitled Spider-rap-man!

tastemaker

I was really hoping this would be one of those animations you come away talking about but sadly it dragged on a little and lacked the humour I was hoping it would have.

Younger children will probably love this but it wasn't as exciting and entertaining as I'd hoped it would be.


Close to perfection. Stunning animation, clever story and ROFLMAO-style humour. 

tastemaker

Sadly wasn't that impressed and thought the film dragged on. However, enjoyed the soundtrack and think young kids would probably find it more enjoyable!