Tenshot: Into the Spiderverse
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture, came out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week. Here’s ten thoughts after watching it for the second time from my sofa.
- 1. I enjoyed the movie more the second time. The visuals lose a bit by not being on the big screen. But the movie is so fast and furious, I missed half the gags the first time around.
- 2. For me, the sign of a great movie is when I’m both enjoying the current scene and giddy with anticipation for the scene to come. This happened a lot while I was watching Spiderverse.
- 3. The best point about the diversity of the characters is made by Suderman in contrasting it against Captain Marvel. Spiderverse is “progressive”, I guess. But it just accepts that and moves on to being a damned good movie.
- 4. The scene where Miles Morales’ dad drops him off at school is something that any parent with a teenager or preteen will appreciate on several levels. Another sign of a good movie: sometimes the quiet scenes are as enjoyable as the loud action scenes.
- 5. The voice casting was top-notch all around. I didn’t even realize that Chris Pine and Nick Cage were in it until the credits. And Mahershala Ali continues to impress.
- 6. Does Chris Pine ever disappoint? He was one of the better things about the lackluster Nu-Trek movies. He was great in Hell or High Water. He was a delight in Wonder Woman. To steal a line from Cinema Wins, Chris Pine is always a win.
- 7. I’m an animation fan, but not a fanatic. But I’ll note that the animation in this movie is beautiful, with a great mix of styles and palettes.
- 8. What crossed me both on first and second viewing was just how much damned fun the movie is. In a time when movies take themselves too seriously and are generally half-an-hour too long, Spiderverse is fun as hell and doesn’t have a wasted scene.
- 9. I’m slowly catching up on my Oscar nominees from 2018. Spiderverse is still the best movie I saw last year.
- 10. Spider Gwen was my favorite.