Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Jan 2019 and 21 Mar 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A high school student is bitten by a radioactive spider and must learn to become the new Spider-Man
My Take on it – This is a film that takes the premise of a superhero origin movie to a whole new level.
They are able to show the origin of a new spider-Man yet at the same time, the various elements of the story can be used as a basis for most other superhero origin stories because they lay the groundwork here for the way to create a compelling and worthy superhero.
The animation in this film is wondrous to look at since they are able to mix together so many various forms of animation all together that it gives the audience a feel of something more than just an animated film, but actually as if we are watching a comic book adventure unfold before us.
The animation techniques used help show how unique and innovative this film can be.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best Spider-Man film ever made (so far).
I’m so glad that this film was able to win both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and it’s extremely deserving of those accolades along with the many others they have received for the work done here since it truly transcends a normal animated movie.
They do a great job of creating a very layered story that requires numerous viewings in order to even attempt to catch all of the references and surprises hidden throughout. (and it does get better with subsequent viewings)
The characters are all created and developed really well here since despite the fact that there are numerous Spider-Man (and women) characters, each of their origins stories still feel unique even if they have a common bonds between them.
This film has a great message about standing up for others and for yourself.
The chemistry between the various characters is also great and I would love to see if they can find a way to recreate the magic this film has in a sequel in the near future.
This, IMHO, is by far the best film of 2018 and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it again in the near future.
Bottom Line – Excellent origin story that is structured really well since it not only gives us the origin story of this particular superhero, but can be used as a basis for what makes a compelling and worthy superhero. The animation is amazingly done and they manage to capture the idea that we are watching a comic book of a superhero and not just a movie. The mixture of various types of animation helps make this film seem quite unique and original and it is by far the best Spider-Man film ever made (so far). It was quite deserving of both its Golden Globe and Oscar wins for Best animated feature because it truly transcends the medium that it embodies. The story is layered so well that there is so much to try and catch that multiple viewing are essential. The way that they develop and create the various characters here is also great because despite there being numerous Spider-Men (and women), each of the stories are unique even if they have common bonds. The messages about standing up for others and for yourself is a great one and I would love to once again see these characters find a way to work together again in a sequel. Best film of 2018 IMHO. Can’t wait to see this again soon. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales, has been a fan of Spider-Man since childhood. He says, “In fact, when I was a teenager, I wrote in my diary that one day I would play Spider-Man!” He is very proud to be a part of “Spider-Verse” because he says, “It’s important to point out that ‘Spider-Verse’ is the first movie about a biracial superhero, ever. His culture, background and upbringing really makes him a different type of superhero – something we have been eager to see on the big screen for a very long time.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (slight upgrade from original review)
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