Teenage Miles Morales must contend with living up to his parents’ expectations after getting admitted to an esteemed high school and with living up to the expectations of multiple Spider-heroes after getting bitten by a radioactive spider of his own. Into the Spider-Verse is the most visually creative and innovative movie since Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The animation style makes it feel like a comic book has literally come alive and is some of the most revolutionary animation to hit the industry since the original Toy Story.
Spider-Verse is a thundering blast of style and non-stop sensory overload that is so irresistible that it makes you want to leap of your seat and rock out as it plays. All of these bells and whistles wouldn’t mean much if the screenplay wasn’t so poignant, heartfelt, and razor-sharp hilarious. The voice cast — which includes Shameik Moore (2015’s Dope), Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Nicholas Cage, and John Mulvaney — is superb. Into the Spider-Verse is a triumph of both the genre and the art form. Grade: A+