Black History Month Movie: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Monday, February 1, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman  
Writer(s): Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord 
Release:December 18, 2018 
Cast
Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Brian Tyree Henry
Lily Tomlin
Luna Lauren Velez
Zoë Kravitz
John Mulaney
Kimiko Glenn
Nicolas Cage
Kathryn Hahn
Liev Schreiber
Chris Pine
Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.--IMDb

 

I knew you as I was creating my movie list for February that I wanted to feature this movie. I don’t think there’s a single negative thing I can say when it comes to Spiderman into the spider verse. It is by far the best Spiderman movie that we have especially in terms of animation. Not only is voice acting incredible, but so is the other direction and the music. God I could spend hours talking just about the perfection that is the music. And I don’t necessarily know how long these movie posts are going to be in February. I really wanted to just take my time and talking about the movies I think exemplify black culture in a really great way.

I’ll be very honest and upfront about the fact that I don’t really read comics. I know next to nothing about what happens in the comic books and I didn’t actually know the miles Moralez was a character. I love the fact that he is an Afro Latino character and while I do wish they had cast an Afro Latino actor to voice them, I do think the choices were done well. I appreciate the fact that all aspects of her miles is this present in the depiction of his character. From his mother speaking it to him in Spanish and the relationship that he has with his father and uncle, I think it’s just a very well done representation. Obviously, I am not Puerto Rican or Back So what I can say about the cultural representation as someone who is not of the culture.

I could frankly wax poetic about the incredible animation of this movie. I am honestly not as well-versed in the animation for this movie as I would like to be so if I sound a little bit more technical that would be why. I love the flawless incorporation of comic book style elements in to the movie. From the text boxes that could show how many of the characters were feeling, to the various shifts in animation style to emphasize the plot elements, it’s all amazing. I also love how each of the spider people have a different type of world that they come from. My research tells me that they combined actual comic book illustration techniques with CGI work and I think the combination was seamless. I learned about Ben Day Dots for the first time while researching this movie. Again, as someone who does not read comic books I was unfamiliar with this technique but it was very cool to read about.

And I don’t think I could talk about this book if I didn’t talk about the incredible soundtrack! Not only did I love the inclusion of certain songs in certain parts of the story, the themes created for all of the characters is also amazing. For example, I love the moment “sunflower” Is played in the movie. We definitely get an understanding of who miles is as a character. I love the fact that as he is singing the song, there are moments where he goes out and other moments where he felt out the lyrics. It just feels very real to me because that is how so many of us sing our songs. Of course, “What’s up danger“ is one of the best parts of the movie. Not only does the specific scene mirror an earlier scene, it really just shows what an incredible character Miles is. In the scene we see Mile rise instead of fall as he finally begins to accept who he is. One of my favorite moments of this scene is when the glass breaks as soon as he takes a leap of faith. It shows that while Miles is ready to Don this costume and become Spiderman, he still has a moment of trepidation if not hesitation. It’s such a tiny moment that I think could be missed if it wasn’t so important. The animator and the Raiders ability to show us so much meaning in a simple image is incredible.

I’m if for whatever reason you still have not watched this movie, I hope that this post will have changed your mind. If you have seen this movie, please tell me what your favorite parts of the movie are. Did you enjoy the movie? What was your favorite part of the movie? Did you like the soundtrack as much as I did?

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