Watching this film I expected it to be the greatest animation of 2018. The critics seemed to be highly rating the film, expressing its excellence. But instead, I was left a bit underwhelmed – I wouldn’t say it was the film of the century.
I liked the concept: the idea did seem great. Although, what you watch in the trailer isn’t exactly what you watch in the film. Multiple Spider-Men all joining together. The new Spider-Man the one we follow for most of the film, he is a great little character. Then there’s the Amazing Spider-Man, Gwen, and then we detour into some stranger versions, a cartoon pig Peter Porker, a robot with an anime-styled character and finally a film noir Spider-Man – the last three seem confused in the understanding of what Spider-Man is. But apparently all the same as they were bitten by a radioactive spider. The background comic stories behind the characters was fun and made sure they weren’t repeating the same story which was good. But ultimately, the film doesn’t spend that much time as all of the Spider-Men together but rather exploring the life of Miles Morales getting used to his new spidey-lifestyle.
You end up feeling great sympathy for the villain of the film, maybe this was too persistent, as we’re supposed to support Spider-Man through and through. Additionally, the Amazing Spider-Man had lost his excellence and excelled into self-pity over the years, leaving behind someone mad for pizza and lying around. His character was rather underwhelming, however I think he was supposed to be executed in that way. But ultimately, that life-changing moment he’s supposed to have by the whole experience never really occurred. Although, Jake Johnson voicing him is fine by me any day!
The animation is cool, it has this comic effect that completely changes animations we are familiar of. But after a while, it becomes mad with bizarre bright colours and explosions of nothingness. In some cases it worked, with the spider senses seen and the screaming of AAAHH when necessary. But by the end with the villain succeeding in his plans, the whole screen just becomes a mass of bright colours and the narration is lost in a mist of madness where it can’t exactly be followed with what is happening.
I think what came down to it was that it felt a little too hyped up. There wasn’t a great revolutionary scene with all of the Spider-Men band together. Where this could of happened, you become more lost in the plot at this point and missed what could have been some great comic Spider-Man action. The style of animation was unique and clever, but overdone in other parts. All in all, the potential of both the plot and animation didn’t feel like they could interweave together in harmony but instead occasionally fought against each other for the centre stage.
Might be an unpopular opinion…