Arts & Entertainment — 12 February 2019
Spider-Verse Review

By Christine Nguyen

What do you think of when you hear about animated movies?

I think of childish storylines with predictable villains, and humor that would only make sense to a 5 year old. That’s why I wasn’t exactly excited when my cousin told me we were watching ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’

There has been a lot of films made that were based on the Marvel Comics, and this film was based on the character Miles Morales. What made this film a bit different though, was that it was the first animated film in the Spider-Man franchise.

Despite it being animated though, I enjoyed it a lot. The humor in the movie would make people of all ages laugh, and it was interesting to have the main character be someone who isn’t Caucasian.

English teacher Aya Allen, who saw the movie with her children, seemed to agree with me, “I loved it! I thought it was funny and had great animations.”

When asked about her opinion on main character Miles Morales being Afro-Latino, Allen responded with, “[His race] made him more relatable to a lot of kids and more like a regular teen.”

She felt that the movie was trying to be more inclusive with the different characters or the different setting, since the movie took place in the Bronx rather than Manhattan.

I completely agree with Allen. Morales felt very relatable as some of the things seen and said in the movie could hit very close to home for some. For example, Miles struggles to meet his parents’ expectations and wants to fit in and seem cool, which is a common experience for students.

She also said that she actually enjoyed it more, because it was animated, which made me realize that animations could be enjoyed by anyone.

Overall, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is very likeable and worth watching, and possibly will change your viewpoints on animated films like it did for me.

Overall Grade: A

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