Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – Enter the Void

I’m not one of the Marvel fanboys or live-action comic book fans. But, I like Spider-Man and it’s become one of my favorite superheroes which also makes my childhood so colorful and full of imagination. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is not enough just to be ‘perfect’. Instead, this is the comic book adaptation I’m looking for. So first of all, I just want to thank Sony and Columbia Pictures for working on this film. Second, it’s one of my favorite things when they combine animation and superhero. A superhero film with animation format that is full of amazement, color and mindblowing. So many fun things happen in this film and we don’t know any Spider-Man. Instead, its mixing paradoxes ‘time travel’-like with that glitchy things are the best I want to see it again.

It starts with an amazing opening credit scene. With that glitchy things, I always get scared and goosebumps when I see it repeatedly. But, let’s go into the main plot. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) actually has a pleasant life. However, his father, Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry), was so overprotective of him. Miles then didn’t have any freedom that his friends would always mock him. Only his uncle, Aaron (Mahershala Ali), who always cared for him. Miles and Aaron always make graffiti with high creativity. As well as his uncle who gave him an opportunity so that he could be creative as he pleased. Just like other superhero tropes, he is then bitten by a radioactive spider. At that moment, he met Peter Parker (Chris Pine). And also Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) with his crime ambitions.

With his evil plan, Kingpin opened a black hole that connected one dimension with the other dimensions of life. From that, various kinds of Spider-Man sprang up and helped Miles to reopen the quantum gate so they could return home. A new adventure begins as well as a life full of surprises. Besides Miles, there is Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage).

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” itself is not something of a company that always takes a lot of cash grabs. Different from the others, this film puts many efforts and stakes on it. The screenplay itself is done by Phil Lord (“The Lego Movie”) and Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”). The film was also directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. There is so much to discuss in this film that even for one frame, it’s very difficult to focus there. Just for watching two or three times, this film is so over-the-top. There is so many pop culture, its narrative is a breaking-the-fourth-wall, jokes in the form of self-aware, aesthetic animation, and groundbreaking visual comic book. This makes us always curious about the world in this movie. Not only Miles but other Spider-Man characters.

While I prefer Wes Anderson’sIsle of Dogs” to win Best Animated for the Oscar 2019, this is not a movie with ordinary animation. It’s quite ridiculous when it compares to “Isle of Dogs” with its amazing stop-motion animation. But, the animated revolution in films especially America has improved. This film shows comic graphics that are so real. As if watching a moving comic book. There are sound effects as well as popping balloon text and other new styles in its narratives.

Frames per frame sometimes go down like a video game with frames that immediately drop. Besides that, sometimes, the animation runs smoothly but it doesn’t. The strength of this film is not so perfect besides the plot that is so extraordinary, personally. Even so, it’s a movie such as live-action animation and/or comic book in general. They also tried to combine various styles besides the comic book. Such as Spider-Noir in the black and white format, Peni Parker with its anime-style, and Spider-Ham with its cartoonish and classic old-school humor. Even though I love that first scene when Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” illustrated again in the film.

The characters, where we all feel familiar, are exist in this universe. There is Aunt May (Lily Tomlin), Mary Jane (Zoë Kravitz), and of course, Gwen Stacy but from another dimension. In addition, there is Doc Ock (Kathryn Hahn) but more gender-bending, Kingpin, Green Goblin, and Prowler. The voice acting did a great job especially John Mulaney who always steals the show. Shameik Moore did a great job too with other voice actors. Overall, I don’t feel there is a flaw besides its characterization. Running gag that is self-aware and various other kinds of humor where we enjoy it so much.

That’s all folks. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is quite linear yet a new style of animation with an extraordinary narrative. This is a superhero animation that I want especially for a theatrical. I just don’t want everyone to just focus either working on the live-action comic book. But, it’s more than with this. This film is not difficult to follow. Great cinematography gives you a vibe of “Enter the Void”. A CGI has done right. We will continue to see if there are more films like this for the future. With more explosion, that’s for today.

4 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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