By Nithu Krish
We have had three live – action film versions of Spider – Man so far and because of that, I was a little sceptical watching this film. Having so many versions of the same character made me wonder if the film would work, but one look at the trailer was all I needed to book my ticket. In short, the film works, and it does so in a beautiful manner. Here’s why…
The story begins with Miles Morales, a high school student realising that there is more than one Spider – Man due to a particular event. Saying more will rob you of the pleasure of seeing this unfold on – screen. What follows is a pulsating adventure with the right amount of emotions thrown into it.
One of the highlights of the film is the way it looks; the animation is done in such a manner that the film feels like a comic book come to life. The only other recent film that I can think of doing this is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which had the limitation of being live – action.
Being an animated film gives Spider – Verse the ability to look and feel unique. Imagine reading a comic book and seeing those images come to life in your mind. This is exactly how it feels when watching the film.
A film like this will not work without a talented bunch of voice actors which, thankfully, Spider – Verse has in abundance. Whether it is Jake Johnson’s Spider – Man, or Brian Tyree Henry who plays Morales’ dad, each of them brings so much personality to their work. When these characters speak, it doesn’t feel like someone is just mouthing lines, we feel that they are real people with real feelings. A special mention has to be made of John Mulaney who plays Spider – Ham and has some of the funniest lines in the film.
You do not have to be a Spider – Man fan to watch this film, as it is one that will appeal to all ages. There isn’t really any flaw in the film. You may be able to find something if you nit – pick and if you do, good for you.
What we have is a film that gives the very idea of a superhero film a fresh way to move forward. It is visually dazzling but doesn’t lose sight of the emotional core of the film. The journey of Miles Morales is one that we can relate to even though most of us haven’t been bitten by a radioactive spider. So, go watch Spider – Verse and you are sure to have a great time.
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