Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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One of the most beloved comic book series of all time gets a fresh new cinematic in one of the best animated films of recent times. It is the first animated feature film in the Spider-Man universe which became a huge critical and box office success as it earned over $375 million at the box office.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versetakes the Spider-Man universe to a whole different dimension as we’re introduced to Miles Morales, voiced by actor Shameik Moore, as the newest Spider-Man in the series. Morales takes the lead and becomes the superhero but ends up meeting other ones as well. Viewers meet Spider-Woman, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, a powerful female version of the character. Then, there’s Spider-Man Noir, a Depression-era Spider-Man from the 1930s who battles the nemesis of the time; the standard criminal gangster. We’re also introduced to Spider-Ham, voiced by comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer, John Mulaney who is, in essence, the satirical version of Spider-Man. Lastly, we also have Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn, who pilots a psychically-powered mech suit known as the SP//dr, which is partially controlled by a radioactive spider that also shares a psychic link with the pilot. Do not be confused by all of these “Spider-Men” as the film weaves through the webs of all of these spider dimensions and brings an instant classic to the animated world.
The film was directed by the trio of, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Ramsey has previously directed animated films as he was the director for Rise of the Guardians but both Persichetti and Rothman are stepping into their feature film directorial debut with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The trio received acclaimed reviews for the way they navigated the story through so many layers and dimensions and they were awarded for their work as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took home all of the animated trophies during award season. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature at the 46th Annie Awards ®; the most prestigious award shows for animated films and at the 76th Golden Globe Awards ®. Yet it was at the 91st Academy Awards ®, in a very competitive category and year, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature. It was the first Oscar ® win for all three directors and uniquely special for Peter Ramsey as he became the first African American to win an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.
The animation style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse truly broke the mold of animation in this day and age. Instead of adapting the Spider-Man series through the hugely successful but now widely used Pixar standard, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was able to deliver a fresh take on animation to a viewership (especially a young viewership) that grew up in a Pixar animated world. The combination of text images for dialogue through the use of onomatopoeia while delivering a fast-paced world was truly groundbreaking and it will delight viewers. The film was so widely cheered by fans and critics alike that it currently holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and became the first animated film to win in the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars since Happy Feet while competing against a Disney or Pixar feature movie. The film truly feels like you are experiencing a comic book through a cinematic aesthetic; a bold choice by animators and cinematographers that certainly paid off. Due to the success of the film, produces are planning a sequel and hopefully more films to come for this exciting adventure.
Don't miss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on HBO and HBO GO Saturday September 7th.
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