SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – Is this the Best Spidey Movie of All Time?

When the first trailer came out for SPIDER-MAN: I wasn’t sold. I fell in love with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and to me there should be no other for the rest of history. More annoying, this movie was going to have lots and lots and lots of them, but STILL NO TOM HOLLAND!! I was also disappointed that this was releasing fairly close to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and AVENGERS. But the second trailer released and it actually looked really freaking good.

So it is with great happiness to say that I think this is the single best ever released. And that is coming from seven Spidey feature length movies in sixteen years. What is even more surprising is the Salty Kernels (well most of them) attended the screening together and we all agreed – A PERFECT FIVE POPS from all of us, bar one, Kernel Jack betrayed the team of Spidey lovers by awarding a 4.5/5. Dead.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE releases Thursday 13th December in Australia from the wonderful peeps at Sony Pictures Releasing. It is rated PG and runs for 117mins. Grab any kid you can find or take yourself, head to the biggest and loudest cinema you can find and ENJOY!

 

The Salty Kernels: Blake Currall, Jason King, Spider-Man, Jack Dignan and Claire Smith
The Salty Kernels: Blake Currall, , Spider-Man, Jack Dignan and Claire Smith

 

BY JASON KING

THE WEB OF SPIDERS:

and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. SPIDER-MAN: INO THE SPIDER-VERSE introduces Brooklyn teen , and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

 

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OUT OF NOWHERE SLINGS THE BEST SPIDER-MAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME:

The first thing that will slap you in the face when you see this masterpiece is the opening credits, Kernel Claire leaned over to me and said “I already love it.” And she was right, so did I, the opening credits were on point and set the tone for the entire film. A hell of a lot of bright colours and all different, all overlapping, overplaying credits showing us multi-verse credits converging, it was brilliant.

The multi-verse theory I do believe first came from The Flash when he split time in Flashpoint. It opens up endless possibilities and makes it AOK that there is no Tom Holland in this Spidey tale. One of his scenes is recreated in the movie along with a few of the other iconic scenes over history. As this is also basically an origin story, plus the story of five other Spider-People the movie hysterically makes fun of itself and the origin stories. With Phil Lord and Christopher Miller the movie manages to maintain a serious keel for the entire story while totally taking the piss out of itself, it is genius really. One of the Peter Parker Spider-Mans is overweight and depressed and has broken up with Mary-Jane, another is a pig, and then it gets weirder. And funnier.

And one of the smallest parts of the movie that had me cheering, Spidey-Sense is shown visually, as per below. It respected it as almost being a character in the movie. And some of the Spideys have some extra unique powers that were cool, will leave them for you to see.

 

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ANIMATION FROM ANOTHER LEVEL:

The animation for SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is on another level altogether. It sets new standards in animation and somehow manages to converge not only multi-verses but animation methods. We have modern animation techniques blended with comic book styled panes, then we have black and white film noir style and throw in some Anime then some 2D old-school Disney style. It is pure genius the way it is blended. But there is one gripe most of us had, the backgrounds and the edges in some scenes are quite blurry. This was no doubt employed to add the element of depth of field but some viewers may consider it a 3D film being played in a 2D format, with the double imaging being a little annoying or distracting. We got used to it and loved it but it’s worth a mention.

The other thing that needs to be mentioned, the level of colour in the movie is more psychedelic than the last act in 2001. And it is bright bright bright and there is a lot of motion and more colours than a Pantone swatch. I have a few friends who get motion sickness in movies and this will definitely affect them.

That being said, I have never seen animation so beautiful, occasional text overlays to remind us of the comic book origins, and never ending amazement to stare at, I am seeing it again next week and pre-ordering it on 4K Blu Ray IMMEDIATELY!!

MUSIC:

I need to include a special mention for the soundtrack, it is amazing!! I cannot find it complete on Spotify or iTunes but the individual songs are on there and some people have made playlists. Post Malone and Swae Lee have the title song – check out the music-video for Sunflower HERE. I do hope Sony releases it as an album.

 

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WHAT A CAST!!:

Just wow – there is a lot of cast. DOPE‘s Shameik Moore nails Miles Morales and the latest Spider-Man. I loved his youthfulness and relationship with his father, I really wished they didn’t have the “I Love You Dad” scene in the trailer. It is a work of genius and was let down by the fact I had already laughed at it about twenty times. Chris Pine and give great Peter Parker/ Spideys, and Zoe Kravitz is, as always, great as a small part Mary Jane Parker.  is wonderful as Gwen Stacy and I would love to see a Spider-Gwen alternate reality solo movie, she kicks ass!

Nicholas Cage has his second best role of the year, after MANDY, in voicing the emo Spider-Man Noir, I loved his depressed grey attitude and his confusion at the colourful Rubik’s Cube is hysterical.  is fantastic as Uncle Aaron and Lily Tomlin gives the Universe the best Aunt May we could ever ask for – she is like an Alfred from Batman. Liev Schreiber (KingPin) and Kathryn Hahn (Doc Ock) own their roles respectively and John Mulaney had me giggling a lot at Spider-Ham. His last line had the audience pissing itself.

Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker had the least to do in the movie and the character was less exciting but still enjoyable in bringing anime Robot-Spider to life, I loved how she kept eating lollies haha.

There is one character that is truly terrifying, Prowler will scare your kids, and your own self. The music that accompanies him is just chilling. I would like to see a live action version of Prowler go after Tom Holland in a Marvel Spidey movie. He is less comic book and more Dante’s Inferno bad guy, loved it.

 

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IN CONCLUSION:

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is not only the best Spider-Man movie ever released, it is one of the best movies released in 2018 and I will go as far to say, one of the best animations ever released. It pushes boundaries, re-writes animation laws and throws so much colour at you that when you don’t pass out and reach for the sunnies you truly realise its greatness. I cannot wait for the sequel.

 

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YOUR CRITIC:

 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

** Images used are courtesy of various sources on Google or direct from the distributor or publisher. Credit has been given to photographers where known – images will be removed on request.