Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★★½

I'm one of those superhero movie curmudgeons, in that I suffer from fatigue of this genre due to over-saturation. It's really hard for me to get excited about a new one, no matter what character. I can still enjoy them if they're well-made enough, but only occasionally do I get truly excited when I see a new one that I end up wanting to see again very soon. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is that rare exception.

This movie is so alive with color, style, humor and characters that I loved and cared about instantly. I never got tired of this movie. I certainly never got tired of looking at it. It crosses through so many animation styles, sometimes in a single frame. You can see comic book renderings in the same frame as photo-realistic animation, pop art, Warner Bros. and anime. It's a magnificent visual feast for two whole hours and the characters are worth investing in, even when the movie runs the risk of over-populating this Spider-Verse. I loved them all.

The only thing keeping me from giving it the full five is that, with these movies, I almost always care more about the characters and the emotional storyline taking place much more than the get-the-computer-chip-to-stop-the-machine-that-will-destroy-the-world-etc.-etc. plot. That's the case here, too, but the writers never forget that the characters here are the strength of the film, not the standard comic book plot.

You'll rarely hear me say this about comic book movies. The thought of a seventh Spider-Man movie gets an instant eye-roll from me, but I had a blast watching this one. I even stayed for the post-credits cookie, which is absolutely worth the wait. Definitely see this one the big screen!

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