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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I wasn’t totally sure about this movie – an animated version of Spider-Man that was reviewed well, but I couldn’t imagine how this could top the other Spiderman films (especially my favorite, Spider-Man 2). Well, I think this has become my favorite. This movie is incredible. First, it has exceptional animation, and it is filmed in such a way that you feel like you are inside a moving comic book. Every scene is fresh and takes you somewhere you don’t always expect to go. The film follows the traditional Spiderman story but brings to it a fresh twist with a multitude of racially and gender-diverse characters (various “spider-people from parallel universes”) who rise to help Miles Morales, a teen from Brooklyn, learn to channel his inner Spiderman. The film is hilarious – I laughed during the whole thing – yet it is also grounded in a serious story with a wonderful heart. The soundtrack is amazing with its great choice of contemporary hip-hop music that keeps time with the quick pace and ample superhero action scenes. Huge thumbs up for a film that works well for all ages. My son and daughter both really loved it; none of us knew exactly what to expect, but my daughter said she loved it more than she thought she would. This is one of the best films of the year for its sheer vision and creativity.

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