My Review on Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

There has been a lot of incarnations of Spider-man. In movies alone, He is already been played by three actors, the latest one is Tom Holland. Tom as Spider-man is by far, good. Despite his “homecoming” to Marvel Studios, Sony still has plans for our friendly neighborhood web-crawler. This time, it is “inter-dimensional.”

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse movie poster. Photo grabbed from Google.

I went to Ayala UP Town Center to watch Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. This film is about Miles Morales meeting up with the Spider-men of different dimensions and becoming Spider-man himself. Here, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacey, Penny Parker, Spider-Ham and Spider-man Noir are the spider-men of their respective dimensions.

Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Miles Morales. Photo grabbed from Google.

It is a 3-D animation with a rendering style similar to cell shading done in comics, which is cool. They use a unique art style here. But not everything is okay. On the start of the film, they show those somewhat abstract design of movie production names that changes every second. They show it that way to be sort of an inter-dimensional glitch (as to be related later in the movie) but it kind of hurts my eyes. There are also blurred areas on the film that makes me have second thoughts whether I entered the wrong cinema, mistaking it for a 3-D film where people are required to wear 3-D glasses. Good thing I am on the right one.

Behind all those shortcomings, the action scenes are great. The jokes and funny scenes are spot on. There is that” breaking the fourth wall” sort of vibe on the way they introduced themselves. They even rip-off memorable scenes from previous Spider-man films, songs and an ice cream.

Spider-men (and women) hanging on the ceiling. Photo grabbed from Google.

The story is really good. The theme- “Everyone can be Spider-man” is coherent with how the story runs. There are scenes of self-doubt, acceptance, trust, and letting go manifested well by the characters in the film. Even the villains here have a strong backstory and goal.

Although the film is not perfectly an “eye-candy”, its story still one of the best I have seen when it comes to superhero films. I am going to rate this 8 out of 10. If you are a Spider-man fan, you are going to enjoy watching this.

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