Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse [2018]

So good, this film gets THREE quotes:

“Wherever I go, the wind follows. And the wind smells like rain”.

“I’m taking this cube thing with me. I don’t know what it is, but I will do.”

“You got a problem with cartoons?!”


I don’t usually love a film at first sight, but within one minute I was truly in love. Into the Spider-Verse became one of my favourite films of all time in a flash! I open-mouth laughed. I cried. I was moved to heck. And I deeply loved this film and thought it was phenomenal. That’s how excellent a film it is.

So that ^ was the short version, but for the long version…

The soundscape is so excellently paired with the pacing of the action and it’s weird to say this but the levels were perfect. I watched the film with my partner and she usually reacts negatively where films get very loud for the action parts and then become quickly quiet which happens with most films, but there was no reaching for the remote. She didn’t need to because it was just really well done. I know, weird praise but it was just so good.

The film has a really great comic-style visual feel to it, with that classic comic lettering style prompting you throughout the story and showing the main character, Miles’, inner thoughts and feelings. The graphics are UN.FREAKING.BELIEVABLE. At times the colours are so vivid that it just blew my mind. Look closely and you’ll see the shading on the faces, which is a classic comic-move that make the characters come alive and feel like you’re reading a comic, except if a comic was in 5D… The fifth dimension is emotionsssss. Or it could be sleepiness. I’m not sure.

Kingpin is a mountain. He’s a goliath of a man. I felt intimidated by him just watching him and my hands got real clammy… I mean just imagine you’re a kid and you’re approached by a massive tank-man who is extremely dangerous and unhinged. That’s part of the reason why I loved Miles so much. When you first meet him, he’s much like every version of Peter Parker/Spiderman you’ve ever met in previous origin stories. He’s a kid. But he goes through this transformation while he’s trying to work out who he is in the world, he’s learning from mistakes and soon you see he is amazing, strong, fricking selfless and brave af. He does not hesitate to go toe to toe with anyone if it means securing someone’s safety. And that’s really what sets Kingpin and Miles apart. Kingpin is so selfish and is destined to repeat the same mistakes he has made in his life into perpetuity because he hasn’t accepted that he cannot control things, does not accept his part in his own downfall and will not learn. Kingpin’s vulnerability is his family, but then so is Miles’. The difference is that threats to Miles’ friends and family just make him stronger, not weaker like it does for Kingpin.

Anyway, my takeaway and life hack from that would be: Be more Miles.

There are lots of references to different styles of animation later in the film (like funny little ACME bits). It’s just so endearing and those fond little touches show you how much the makers love comics and animation. I know you would expect them to, but there are loads of animations that just feel like someone has banged out another film. Into the Spider-Verse feels like it was a little sprout that was fed and grew and fortified into greatness. Also the different styles worked seamlessly together.

The final boss fight scene begins literally like a platform game fight, and it was just one of many things that made me LOSE MY GODDAMN MIND watching the film.

I could go on and on.

The only ONLY criticism I have is that I wish the film was called INTO THE SPIDEY-VERSE. I’m just gonna call it that and you can’t stop me. You’re not my real daddy.

So all in all… it was alright…. said nobody because they all said it was AMAZING. Really excellent film. If I was to give stars, I would likely give it five stars out of five. But I would say just go see it. Even my partner – who is not a science fiction or animation fan – thought it was amazing which is not common. So it gets the TOUGH CROWD thumbs up!

Easily one of my top twenty films of all time. Maybe even top ten. Go watch it now. It’s on NOW TV. Hey you. Go, stop what you’re doing. That’s unimportant. Put that down. Okay you over there, finish what you’re doing in the bathroom and then bloody go do it now. In fact, I want to go watch it again too…

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Venom [2018]

“He has shit you have never seen…”


I have to be honest, I was a little put off of watching Venom knowing that Tom Hardy was on board, hence the two year gap. I’m a massive Marvel fan, but Tom does not have a good track record for playing characters with unusual accents, and Eddie Brock/Venom have strange accents! I think setting the bar low in my mind meant that whilst it was not an amazing film, I did really enjoy it.

Brock/Venom was actually really likeable. I’ve played Spiderman games and Spidey comics, and Venom being Spidey’s antagonist means he is painted as a monster. But in this version of the origin story, Brock starts out as a journalist and he has a lot of integrity. It just so happens that Brock merges with Venom for a good reason and they realise they are simpatico, two sides of the same coin, Brock’s Ying to Venom’s Yang!

There’s a really good scene early in the film where Brock is angry at his neighbour’s loud music playing. As we all know, Venom really dislikes it too and it rips him apart from his host. I like to think that Brock and Venom bonded over their severe dislike of rock music… Brock: Like Black Sabbath? Venom: No, hate them. Hate all rock music. It sux. Brock: Me too! We have so much in commonnnnnnn!

What I found interesting was that the original Venom story was that he was tracking a killer and Spidey thwarts his progress and that’s how Spidey becomes his enemy. But in this version, there IS no Spidey. It’s like a complete re-writing of the thing. I’m looking forward to see how Venom’s story develops with the Carnage sequel and how Spidey is introduced into that.

Overall, a lot of fun. Not Marvel’s best but definitely not their worst. Pacing of the film is good and Tom Hardy’s Venom is both likable and humorous.

P.S. No video for this post today unfortunately! But I’ll be back making my vid cliffnotes soon!

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