Last night I went to see Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse. I haven’t enjoyed a film so much before. It deserves all the Oscars buzz it’s getting.
It isn’t often you get to see an art form evolve before your eyes (and in 3D, no less). I usually hate 3D films, but this is a whole new level: they finally figured out how to do it right.
The vision behind this film is incredible. It has everything: It breaks new ground in storytelling using a perfect meld of traditional comic book storytelling (onomatopoeia, multiple split panels, thought bubbles, narration bubbles- and I know it sounds tacky but it’s done so well, it’s hard to describe) and CGI film animation.
It’s set in the New York I see every day- even though it’s stylised, it’s not idealised. It’s true to the detail of everyday Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The Art, The Comedy, The animation, the editing (so many great comedic cuts) and the voice acting were all brilliant. There were so many great moments in this film I have to go see it again (well played, Sony.)
I had a feeling it would be great, but nowhere near this good.
I spent my childhood reading Spider-Man comics. I loved everything about the character. I collected the toys, obsessively watch the animated TV series, went to all the movies, good and bad (the 3rd Raimi can’t be erased from my brain.. they reference that disaster in this film) — I can say without hesitation, this is the best Spider-man ‘anything’ that has ever been made. It was one big Spider-man comic on screen, and it was glorious.
The revolutionary new animation techniques and styles were just icing on what was already great writing, great performances and brilliant character and design.
The Stan Lee & Steve Ditko tribute ruined me. 😪
There’s a great interview with the Sony Pictures Animation head of character animation, Josh Beveridge here: https://www.awn.com/animationworld/creating-stylized-universe-sonys-spider-man-spider-verse
Go see it.