Movie Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Take everything you know about the Spider-Man universe and throw it out the window in this new movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is like a comic book come to life, and although I'm probably not the target audience for this film, I really enjoyed it.

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) lives in Brooklyn with his family, but has just started at a new prep school, and is having some trouble adjusting. He likes hanging out with his Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in his spare time, but his dad (Brian Tyree Henry) disapproves of his brother. When Miles gets bit by a radioactive spider, he realizes he now has all of these new abilities ... suspiciously Spider-Man-esque abilities. Soon, a wrinkle in the space-time continuum reveals that there are multiple Spider-Men (and Spider-Women) and the group must team up to defeat the bad guys who want to see all of them dead.

Full disclosure here: the media screening was at Emagine Rochester Hills, on their EMAX screen (which was awesome! Similar to IMAX), and their recliners are killer if you are tired. I fell asleep for about 20 minutes during the movie, so I never got to see the explanation of how all the alternate universe Spider-Men showed up. That being said, I definitely want to see this movie again, for that, and also to see it in 3D—although we saw it in EMAX, it was not in 3D, and the whole time I was thinking how awesome it could be in 3D.

The voice casting was great in this film, and you will most likely recognize a few: Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Oscar Isaac and more. Keep an eye out for a Stan Lee cameo, as well. Also, don't forget to stay until the very end of the movie (I was awake by then ...) for a post-credits after scene.

Yes, definitely see this film, even if you don't think you are the genre's intended age group. I wasn't kidding when I described it as a "comic book come to life"—it's a very unique movie and I've never really seen anything like it before, which is another reason why I want to see it again (hopefully in 3D!). I'll also be curious to see how it does at the box office, since although it's a Spider-Man movie, it's also animated; I hope it does well, though.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is in theaters today, December 14th, and is rated PG with a runtime of 117 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

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