After watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, released early December in 2018, I would easily name it one of the best films of 2018. Not only has it been rated a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes but, it has been nominated for a BAFTA Award as “Best Animated Film,” and won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature Film.” Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a jaw-dropping film with beautiful animation.
The film introduces Miles Morales, the main character, who struggles to manage his life as a high schooler and becoming Spider-Man from his reality until he realizes there are multiple Spider-Men (and Spider-Women) from alternate dimensions. The story elevates when something goes wrong and brings all of them from different dimensions together and into Miles’ own reality. The film introduces themes of what it means to really be Spider-Man and how Spider-Man’s qualities can be found in anyone, but, obviously, not the ability to crawl on surfaces.
Everything about the film was so beautiful, ranging from the raw emotion in scenes to the screenplay writing. Regardless if you’ve read a Spider-Man comic or not, one is moved by the story of sixteen-year-old overcoming fear and finding faith in himself. Every frame stood out and felt as if a 3-D comic book was projected on the screen. The written scenes were as powerful as how they intended to make the scenes, especially in scenes where there was no dialogue.
There was a lot of humor within the relationships of the characters, creating wholesome scenes such ones between Miles and Uncle Aaron at the beginning of the film. The film was able to accomplish relatable scenes ranging from the slight annoyance of parents as a teenagers and the transition of the disconnection to being able to communicate with parents, due to the huge age gap and how easy it is to disconnect with your own parents even though you still love them like how Miles did in the film. Compared to the rest of the Spider-Man films, this one stands out.
The cultural aspects of the film was a great feature to have, allowing everyone to more easily relate to Miles. It is important to portray a childhood-recognized superhero as a person of color, and the added modern details such as Miles’s red, black and white Air Jordan 1s makes kids who have never been recognized in the media be represented. Moreover, the inclusion of Spanish, the music and cover art of artists’ known albums like Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book makes this film so great.
Hopefully, films in the future follow Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s footsteps with the many great aspects it has. Even though films today are being celebrated for having diversity, this should be the standard and hopefully, films will not have to be praised for representing different cultures.