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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

December 12, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

As we reach the summer school holidays and the big Boxing Day blockbuster releases, there’ll be no shortage of family friendly flicks to take the kids to. For something a little different, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse puts the pop into pop culture and in true Marvel style, caters to the young and young at heart.

The story follows Miles Morales, an ordinary Brooklyn teen who finds himself in an extraordinary situation after being bitten by a radioactive spider. It’s Spider-Man – or rather, Spider-People (and one Spider-Pig) – as you’ve never seen them before. Miles must overcome his own insecurities in order to help send the other Spider-People back to their own universes, and battle the evil Kingpin.

Celebrating its 50-year history, and poking a little bit of fun at its many reiterations and remakes, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is surprisingly original. Visually and stylistically one-of-a-kind, the film succeeds in making you feel as though you’re flicking through a comic book. Highly artistically driven, the bright and vibrant animation changes throughout the film, culminating in a mash of styles as Morales’s world collides with the others in the multiverse.

A number of high profile actors and comedians lend their voices to the film, including Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, Liev Schreiber and Zoe Kravitz.

While being fun for the whole family, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also delivers some important messages about diversity, friendship, courage, teamwork and – of course – how great power must come with great responsibility.

- Laura White

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