ARACHNID: Peter Parker meets up with Spider People from a variety of different dimensions.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

  • Animated action; Cert PG, contains violence and coarse language; 1hr 57mins
  • Starring: Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson and Lily Tomlin
  • Director: Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey

IN an alternate universe, Spider Man is jaded, washed-out and not at all interested in taking a young superhero under his wing.

Miles Morales – an Afro-Latino teenager bitten by a radioactive spider – tries to save the world when a rip in the space-time continuum opens a rift between the universes.

The original Spider Man, Peter Parker, has become a little too big for his spidey suit. He says he can take care of the problem himself but just can’t be bothered.

As alternate versions of the arachnid superhero arrive through the portal each from their own reality, the team of newcomers unite to deal with the dangerous wormhole and the evil villain who wants to take over everything.

Not for younger audiences, this film has a cutting edge that reveals a self-awareness rarely shown in cartoons.

It shares one aspect of character development that many action films gloss over – having a storyline that is age appropriate and relatable.

Though the plot is all action, the story is low key and deals with issues all teenagers must face at some time.

As we are introduced to each of the alternate universe Spider People, the film shares a knowing wink with the audience. We see the infamous spider-bite played over in each universe with cheeky takes on the moment.

8/10

mark.rieder@thebeacon.co.nz

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