Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This fun, frenetic and family-friendly Spider-Man movie definitely has a unique focus on stylish animation. Although made to appeal to families with younger kiddies, Into the Spider-Verse is still a web-slinging blast.


After getting bitten by a spider and suddenly gaining superpowers, teenaged Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe. But soon, he must team up with other individuals from different dimensions with the similar spider-like abilities to defeat a giant threat against the Multiverse.

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Movie details

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn
Writer: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Release Date (Australia): 26 December 2018
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains mild science fiction themes, thematic elements relating to death and grief, and sustained action sequences featuring characters using fantasy powers.

Violence (PG)

The film contains depictions of animated action sequences and close-up fight scenes in a fantasy context, featuring punching, kicking and the use of weapons, infrequently accompanied by small amounts of blood.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent and mild coarse language, including single uses each of the words “crap”, “hell” and “damn”.

mpaa rating

PG (for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s without a doubt that what really shines about this Spider-Man movie is its gorgeous blend of 2D animation techniques and 3D computer graphics. Say if it were still an animated or even just a live-action film, but excluding the stylish visual aspect that the creators were able to piece together, Into the Spider-Verse would be exciting, humorous, heartfelt, but it would lack being truly memorable. It feels like the style the filmmakers chose gains them a point that brings them to jump over a barrier that that separates the unforgettable and the fantastic-but-still-disposable.

Miles Morales is an awkward young teenager who also happens to be the protagonist of the film, as he suddenly gains spider-like superpowers after being bitten by a spider. But when a threat against the Multiverse shows up, he must team up with other individuals from different dimensions and become the Spider-Man of his universe. In terms of the animation techniques, which are better described as distinguishable animation techniques combined together, you can probably find a dozen dissections of the style used here.

This is an absolutely beautiful movie to look at; singular action sequences alone with take your breath away. But the story, which is paced perfectly with a smooth runtime between 110 minutes and 120 minutes, is also to desire when it comes to making a superhero movie. The characters are excellent; all voiced by talent, and there’s a lot of jokes that hit the spot as well. For most audiences, the thing about the story that will attach to most of them other than the fact that it’s very entertaining, is the emotional family aspect and themes of grief it wants to take on. By the end, some of these grief concepts aren’t touched on satisfyingly enough, but a sequel might address some of these leftover details.

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