Spider-verse Breaks All the Laws of Animation

Spider-man: Into the Spider Verse was released on Nov.14.  Photo Credit: Bruce Detorres

By Richard Heaton

One week ago, Sony and Columbia Pictures did something amazing. They gave us Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. For both fans and haters of the web-slinging hero, it was better than you could ever imagine.

Critics and fans had nothing but praise for the animated film. Rotten Tomatoes gave the flick a 97% rating while audiences gave it a 95%. Not only is it the highest rated Spider-man film ever, but no film based on a Marvel character has ever scored higher. Avengers: Infinity War hadn’t even cracked 90%.

What makes Spider-verse so good? For one, the film boasts a unique and awe-inspiring animation style. This style can only be rivaled by Genndy Tartakovsky, who’s known for the unique artwork of The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Dexter’s Laboratory.

The animations can get pretty intense and at times even seizure inducing. But they are fantastic to look at and make you wonder how on earth did they pull this off.

The story of Spider-verse is pretty simple. One of Spider-man’s most iconic nemesis tries to open up a portal to different dimensions. Miles Morales and different versions of Spider-men from different dimensions team up and not only try to save the world, but every dimension as well.

Even when it comes to voice acting, Spider-verse didn’t take the lazy route. Jake Johnson voices one version of Peter Parker while Chris Pine voices another. Even Nicolas Cage made an appearance as Spider-Noir. The rest of the cast included Liev Schreiber, Hailee Steinfeld, and of course, Shameik Moore, who voices Miles.

The film is definitely a lot of fun as we watch Miles become Spider-Man while discovering that there’s a lot more versions throughout the multiverse. The film doesn’t lack in the humor department either. Viewers are treated to the classic spider sense of humor while mixing in the comedic style of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

If ticket sales are any indication of success, then the film is going to be even better than we thought. It made $35.4 million during its three day opening weekend from Dec. 14 to 16. That’s a new record for animated films opening in December, which was previously held by Sing.

In general, if you are a fan of Spider-Man or you just want to see something truly great, then Spider-verse is the film for you.

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