My fellow Geek warriors. There is something magical happening in the movie entertainment industry right now. Movies can be made or broken before they are even released with Fandango and Rotten Tomato reviews. Opening weekends are even more critical for theaters, as one person with a strong social media following can influence hundreds of their friends and followers to either rush to the theaters, or to save their money and wait to see the film on some other far less expensive (or cough… free) platform at their convenience.
Studios, therefore, have only a handful of choices. They can either throw a massive marketing budget at a movie and hope to catch consumers on a rainy day, re-release the same movie titles that have worked for them in the past or, in certain rare cases, put out a goddamn good movie!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is thankfully an example of the latter. It is a movie made by people who care about Spider-Man, people who care about the artistic medium of the comic book and graphic novel. Most importantly, it was made by people who can tell a good story. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have gone to see a movie and walked away thinking, “How could they have jacked that movie up that bad? All they had to do was show the story that was already written for them!”
This movie is truly fun and enjoyable for all ages. If you are a die-hard Spider-Man fan, you can geek out over all the history and missteps the character has taken over the years. If you are relatively new to the character, you can enjoy the comedy and the artistic presentation of the movie. There is no over the top violence, and yet it worked for me and my cynical self all the way through the film. There are also a handful of “punch you in the feels bone” moments. These moments are critical to a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man character and are done superbly!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives you as many as 6 Spider-People including Older Spider-Man, Spider-Pig, Gwen Stacey… and the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, who are all able to be the hero Spider-Man without any character stepping over the other ones. PLUS you get Nick Cage as Noir Spider-Man! You also get what may be my favorite version of Kingpin ever shown in a film. The artistic style of the movie made me feel like I was reading the graphic novel except the pages were beautifully swinging into life.
Go see this movie in theaters. I think it is important to vote with your dollars on what we, the fans, want to see. If studios know that passion and fan appreciation results in dollars, they will continue to support creativity. All die-hard fans should know this by now but let me stress it by saying stay through the credits!
About The Author
Gus Davis is a Producer, Game Show Host, Magician, and the official Geek Gus@GusDavis.com.