By Wesley Joyce | Contributing Writer
Unfortunately, I haven’t been bitten by a radioactive spider, nor do I possess any kind of superpowers, but I spent this last Sunday night (more honestly, early Monday morning) watching Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse for the first time.
The movie tells the story of Miles Morales, a teen from Brooklyn who undergoes uncanny circumstances and is ultimately given the task of saving the multiverse from being destroyed.
Luckily, this gives him the opportunity to team up with spidermen and spiderwomen from alternate dimensions, who aid him in his journey in learning and controlling his newfound powers and saving the world(s).
In case any of my readers live under a rock, have poor cinematic taste or are as broke as yours truly, you might’ve missed this featured animation film, which happened to be the first non-Disney film to win an ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE since 2011’s Rango. This is refreshing due to Disney and Pixar dominating the animation scene for what seems like centuries now. Spiderman Into The Spiderverse pushes the medium in animation with its comic book-esque art style, and breaks the rules for animation in a nuanced and innovative way.
From review-aggregation websites like Rotten Tomatoes, to individuals in the industry such as Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Star Wars director, Rian Johnson, Spiderman: into the Spider-Verse has gained critical appraise all around the board. The film currently holds a rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The website’s Critic Consensus reads “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.”
The previously mentioned English actor, Tom Holland, who currently plays Spiderman in Marvel’s adaptation of the hero, created a post on Instagram vocalizing his approval with a picture of Miles Morales, the movie’s protagonist.
“Honestly one of the coolest films I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go see this movie. #intothespiderverse.”
Concluding my continuous name dropping, the movie’s cast also consists of a few familiar names such as Jake Johnson, Chris Pine and even Nicholas Cage, who’s character is especially hilarious.
Now, that’s enough about how amazing this movie is, and it really is amazing. There are plenty of ways to view this masterpiece before you bury it in your list of films you’ll see eventually, but end up missing out on.
Sony celebrated the movie’s Oscar win by re-releasing it back into theaters, but sadly only for a short while a couple of weeks ago. Now, I know that you’re at the edge of your seat, beating yourself up for missing such an opportunity, but don’t worry! Writing this article at 4 a.m. has its perks and the research has been done. Spiderman Into the Spiderverse is currently available digitally online on platforms like Youtube and Amazon, so procrastinate a little more on that research paper and pointless shenanigans like homework and catch a viewing online. As of March 19 the movie will be available in Blu-ray and DVD.