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REVIEW - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

WORTH THE WATCH: Spiderman: Into The Spiderman

I’LL BE honest, not much was expected from this latest outing from the mega Marvel Universe - especially considering this is a computer-animated movie when we have been spoilt with blockbuster live action features.

However, the one thing this movie does do is impress way beyond expectation from start to post credit finish.

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is the new Spider-Man introduced into comic land in 2011. He is the brainchild of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli who drew inspiration from Barack Obama and Donald Glover. If you aren’t familiar with the character never fear, as this is an origin story packed with a full transition from adolescent trendy kid to coming of age super-hero.

Throughout the movie, we are taken on a journey through the life of Miles as he navigates through school, family, and newfound responsibilities as one of 6 Spider-Men. The brilliant plot unfolds to reveal some heart-breaking moments for our hero Miles, which forces him to take ownership of who he wants to be.

As the title suggests, we are dealing with more than one Universe (as Marvel popularly exploit); which means the same character can have an alternate reality or story line. This film brilliantly brings these worlds together despite the potential dangers of a butterfly effect. Look out for an awkward yet amusing scene with Peter Parker and Mary Jane from alternate dimensions.

The moment we meet Miles we get a sense of the direction of the film, which portrays a very deliberate urban theme. From Miles listening to a funky ballad from Post Malone and Swae Lee to hiding his passion of graffiti tagging from his police officer father. He is unlike the Spider-Man we’ve grown up with in Peter Parker. Miles brings his own swag to the iconic superhero, complete with a hoody and Nike Air Force Ones. To the Marvel faithful’s, there are the usual fan favourite characters (good and bad) to be excited about, from Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), Prowler (Mahershala Ali) to Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage).

The most impressive aspect about this family feature is just how enjoyable it is. It is an outstandingly good watch with great combination of cameos, a superb soundtrack and fun storyline. I strongly recommend the post credit scene, which is not only nostalgic but thoroughly entertaining. A must watch!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is released in cinemas on December 12.

Special previews December 8 and 9

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