Wholesome entertainer

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Wholesome entertainer

Sunday, 16 December 2018 | Meenakshi Rao

Wholesome entertainer

SpiderMan: Into The Spider Verse

*Voice over: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber

Rated: 8/10

A spidey overdose once the radio active spider bites one too many in one too many verses. You could call this animated spiderman thingie with seven spideys climbing the walls an overdose, indeed. What with the humour quotient kind of sticking back on the walls with the web and being left behind for most part of this swinging movie full of emotion, confusion and altered realities.

So here you have a Black boy, a blond girl, the original Peter Parker of course though with an expanded waistline and track pants instead of the spidey suit and a piglet if you please as spidermen! The situation gets complicated when a Peter Parker is a dead man walking after being hit fatally by Mr Big (you can’t imagine how big and boxy he is) who of course wants to destroy the world which took away his wife and child!

The rigmarole created is cool enough for kids but one must say here that the missing mirth in the film takes away a lot from what could have been an entirely enchanting world of webs and action. Having said that, it is also true that the multi-dimensioned spideys cook up quite a rollicking fare by being entirely contemptuous of any kind of parental storyline and creating their own fun moments and sequences that may not ever figure in the Marvel comic book.

The imagination takes wings as everyone from a piglet to a disillusioned Peter Parker get together to save the world from the dark force. And, while doing so, these enemies of crooks inhabit the summit of highrises in an altered New York skyline with the same gravitas as the original spiderman has done over so many movies.

The newness of the storyline, the intention to have fun at work, the brilliant animation work and the near-perfect voice overs by everyone from Shaimik Moore to Nicholas Cage are what make this film so great.

An overdose of spidey cinema has been the bane of critics for many years but not much can be said in the negative for this Sony production which soars the night heights with elan and novelty, drawing in all and sundry, and from all ages, into the web once again.A new homecoming for spidey guys so sit back and enjoy.