A Movie Worth Watching
As lightning flashes through the sky, the audience seems to hold its breath. A wave of anticipation fills the theater, everyone waiting to see what would happen next. It was at that moment, I remember thinking: ah, this movie really outdid itself.
Miles Morales, the main character of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” is delightful in almost every way possible: he has a great sense of humor, loves spray painting, and reaches for his headphones nearly as instinctively as breathing. He’s the accumulation of teenagers across the board, dealing with life as it comes. Other aspects of his life, such as relationships and growth, are maturely handled, justified in their complexity, as Miles fights with his parents about his future and learns from his mistakes.
Everything changes for Miles, however, when he becomes the Spider-Man of his postmodern universe. On top of being a teenager, he has to deal with sacrifice, regret, and fear, prompting him to wonder if there even is a hero he can find within himself. He’s simply scared of feeling that he’s not good enough, and of eventually disappointing the people he loves. Making new friends and becoming resolute in his self-worth, Miles finally takes a leap of faith, the pinnacle of the entire film. As buildings of New York City fill the landscape to the brim, Miles jumps. He falls, slowly and beautifully, into a scene of dancing colors and neon signs, trusting in his own ability to release his web and swing. While he’s falling, the camera flips upside down. Miles isn’t falling down the frame — he’s rising.
When it comes to crafting a heartfelt and raw portrayal of emotion, the movie succeeds mainly through its stunning animation, weaving different colors, styles, and details to create an engaging story. In a city like New York, the color palettes and set-design create a bustling, scenic atmosphere reflective of the true nature of the city. During the end of the movie, the last fighting sequence solidifies the efforts put into the animation: with every hit comes an outburst of color. Overall, the visuals are absolutely enchanting and charming, with dialogue plastered onto the backgrounds of scenes in a style similar to those of the comics.
The film resonates with its audience, reinforcing the notion that heroic stories have a place in our hearts when we see ourselves reflected in them. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” completely invigorates the genre, so go out, take a leap of faith, and watch it as soon as you can.