Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a normal teenager when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider, yada yada yada, you know the rest. I mean, do we really need another Spider-Man origin story? Well, the answer is a great big super “no” but being that this movie is just so entertaining and new and different that you won’t even notice that’s exactly what the studios are giving us. Touche, everyone involved in this picture.
There’s a lot to like about this picture. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, for one, until it does later in the movie but in a way that doesn’t drastically shift tones and instead delivers quite well on its main, multiverse destroying event. That’s another thing, falling into another trope of these superhero films of late, ultimately it’s something else that threatens the entire world (or an even greater target), but here it’s done as if it takes second seat to all the other things happening in Miles’ life. He’s just discovering his powers, and there’s many other Spider-People involved that he slowly learns about. The fact that all worlds in every universe are about to be destroyed is just another thing happening that Miles eventually has to learn to stop. “Just typical Spider-Man stuff,” Peter Parker tells Morales at one point in the film, “at some point, you get used to it.”
Something else that really stands out is some great animation. They match the style of the comics so perfectly it feels like watching a comic book truly come to life. It’s so freaking cool, I’d almost say that this movie deserved the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film it just won earlier tonight just for the animation department. Except it’s also got a great story, some of the best voice-acting I’ve ever heard from every member of the cast, crazy cool action, and all this comes together so beautifully we’re treated to not only the best Spider-Man movie so far, but one of the best superhero movies of all time.
+7.5: Thoroughly entertaining superhero movie
+1: Darn good story
+1: Great animation