#VicksFlicks Special Edition: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
4 out of 5 stars
There’s an exceeding energy that swings into existence as we follow Miles Morales on his miraculous discovery of what it takes to wear the mask. His personal leap of faith is a story worth telling in a way you’re not accustomed to. The animation is insane and intensely imaginative – bringing the comic book style to life in bursting colors.
Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, with a sensational voice cast, merge universes while revitalizing our friendly neighborhood superhero to a level not thought possible. Getting caught in its multicultural web consisting of eye-popping visuals and laugh-out-loud jokes is an outright blast. This is one Spidey spectacle you don’t want to miss.
Beta Ray Greg:
“Big Natural” Stoney Keeley:
I’m late to the party here, but I have a five year old nephew who wanted to wait until I came to New Jersey for the holiday to see it with him. Usually, I’m the first in line for a Marvel flick, but that’s why I had to hold off. I was a tad concerned after the hype reached a fever pitch – no way it could live up to that, right? Plus, being the self-aware person I am, I fully understood that I might not like it for no other reason than everyone else liked it. Yeah…I’m that guy.
But, that guy never showed up after this movie. Not only did it meet the unreasonable expectations I had for it after reading the reviews, it exceeded them. This movie was a testament to the spirit of creativity. Everything from the visuals and the music to the plot and the characters, everything. It was as complete and well-rounded a movie as you will ever watch. I can’t recall the last time I watched a movie that left me that affected…in a positive way, of course. I was blown away.
The journey that Miles goes on to become Spider-Man is a modern and unique take on the classic coming of age story. A new villain is introduced to the silver screen in The Prowler, but some of the classics, such as Kingpin, Doc Ock, Tombstone, and even Scorpion, weave their way into the story, too. This is an instant classic on many levels, and there’s always plenty going on to maintain your interest.
In true Marvel fashion, be sure to stay through the end credits for a glimpse into what (or who) could be coming in the sequel. All around, if I’m grading on Brandon’s scale, I’m giving it a 4.25/5.
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“Nature Boy” Brandon Vick is the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and star of Brandon’s Box Office In Your Mouth. Follow him on Twitter@SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.