Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse officially opens next week, but today I went to an advance screening at one of my local cinemas, so I thought I make a post on my thoughts on it. As usual, I won’t be giving out any major spoilers.
First of all, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. In terms of quality, I put it up there with The Lego Movie (which, incidentally, was created by some of the people behind Spider-Verse). The plot was interesting; there was something important at stake. The heroes, and their interactions with one another, were always fun. The dialogue was of course cheesy Hollywood banter, but that’s really the only type of dialogue that’d work in a film like this. And as for the animation, it was top-notch. The character designs were magnificent all-round, there were heaps of gorgeous cityscapes and dazzling action sequences. I did feel at times the movement of the characters was deliberately but unnecessarily a little bit jerky, but that’s just nitpicking. About the only thing I can really fault Spider-Verse for is that there is always a lot going on in it; I think there was enough storyline to cover several episodes of a TV show! I also didn’t care much for the hip-hop and R&B tunes, but that’s a personal thing and to be honest, I felt they fit the movie well. On the other hand, I liked the instrumental music, which was superbly epic when it needed to be.
Right, now I’ll discuss the aspect that I care most about: the female characters.😊 Several female characters from the Spider-Man pantheon make an appearance in Spider-Verse, but the two main ones are Gwen Tracy (AKA Spider-Woman) and Peni Parker (AKA SP//dr). Gwen has a strong supporting role in this movie both with and without her spider-suit on. She is the cool, competent action-girl, kind of like Lucy (AKA Wyldstyle) from The Lego Movie. I really liked her.😍 Peni, however, is just there as an adornment more than anything else, although she is involved in the climax just like all the other Spider-People are. She was also over-the-top cute, kind of like Unikitty in The Lego Movie, which seems to contradict the Peni Parker of the comics. I can’t really say whether I liked her or not, simply because she didn’t feature that much in the movie.
So that just about wraps up this post on my thoughts on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The word is that a sequel is already being planned and since to this point this film has been very well-received, it certainly looks like we can look forward to more Spider-Verse films in the future. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊