Since Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse dropped, it’s been received with glowing reviews and endless praise, with it being dubbed by a vast amount of critics and fans alike the greatest movie of the year (and in the same year as Infinity War, this is a pretty big deal for comic book fans). While I agree with the sentiment that this film is easily one of the greatest cinematic achievements 2018 has produced, I can’t help but feel that this is so much more.
ITS ART AND SOUNDTRACK PROVE THAT YOU CAN ENJOY THE ADVENTURE FOR ITS CREATIVITY ALONE.
One of the things that drew me to this film (besides the inclusion of the web-slinger) were the visuals. The trailers alone displayed the incredible prowess of the animation department in this movie, but sitting in the cinema with the whole movie in front of me, it’s easy to see that it’s been poured into with an incredible amount of love. So much cinema has reached a point where it feels more like a product, rather than a pure cinematic experience made by loving producers, directors and artists. Into The Spiderverse is different. The colour palette is so perfectly altered to make all of the exciting colours blast off the screen with such impeccable radiance that it’s almost difficult to process.
The messages of the movie are translated into the visuals masterfully, and the collaboration between the departments behind the scenes couldn’t have been managed better. Along with this, the separate animations of the characters help to accentuate the dimensions plotline masterfully. Penni Parker’s anime-esque design and Spider-Ham’s Looney Tunes aesthetic especially make all of the characters feel out of place in a way that shows off animation prowess and the themes of the movie impeccably without the characters even needing to speak.
Into The Spider-verse, aside from all of this, boasts a brilliant soundtrack that encompasses all of the modern artists you’d expect Miles Morales to listen to in 2018. The tracks feature artists like Post Malone, Aminé and Jaden Smith to name just a few, who serve as a tie to the modern audience through Miles’ tastes. As a result of the soundtrack, this feels like the Spider-Man film that is tied the closest to its era, making it feel so much more real and grounded amidst a far-fetched plot. Each track has its own dynamics and relates to each individual moment throughout the film, with tracks like Sunflower (Swae Lee, Post Malone) give off a chilled out representation of Miles’ world, Start A Riot (Juice WRLD, Shaboozey) bringing more aggression to bring out the action and Invincible (Aminé) feeling more reflective. The shifting dynamics of the album alone show how impressive Into The Spider-Verse is, and how its creation was no cobbled-together feat like many cinematic experiences can feel in 2018.
The movie itself is fantastic; perfect casting, wonderful writing, alongside great fan service. But its art and soundtrack prove that you can enjoy the adventure for its creativity alone. Please, take my advice- spin the soundtrack, find the concept art, and above all, get yourself in your nearest cinema to see Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse as soon as you can. There is truly something for everyone, and even if action isn’t your thing, the endearing character of Miles Morales and the people around him are more than enough to jerk a tear, and the unexpected hilarity makes for an enjoyable sitting in every regard. Into The Spider-Verse is the best movie of 2018, and then some.