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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bob Persichetti. 2018.

Wowzers. I did not expect this movie to be this good. It’s an animated movie, but aren’t all super-hero movies, really?

It’s fascinating how they were able to dial up the “cartoon” level on the animation here and make it possible to do all kinds of comic-book effects without things turning cheesy. (Viz. the Batman TV series from the 60s.) But these cartoons are real expressive, so you get the best of both worlds, and I’ve never seen that before. It’s a triumph of animation.

And it’s pretty funny and moves along at an insane pace. Is this how all super-hero movies should have been done?

There’s a lot to like here. I love how they’ve used Bill Sienkiewicz’ design for Kingpin, for instance. It’s not something that could work in a live-action movie, but it makes perfect sense here.

It’s just about a perfect super-hero movie. Like all of them, it’s a bit too long, but less than most.

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