Rambling about Into the Spiderverse (With Spoilers!)

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This has honestly been the greatest animated film that I have ever seen. That’s the one thing that I want to make clear in this review. The art in this movie is absolutely stunning. Sometimes I had to remind myself that I was watching an animated film and not a live-action movie. The characters just seemed so alive. They all had their own personalities, their own personal quirks, and this was shown both through the voice acting and the animation. Each character had their own way of speaking, moving, and interacting with the other characters on screen.

To be honest, I haven’t read many of the comics, so I wasn’t sure how old Miles was supposed to be. When I found out after seeing the film that he was supposed to be 13 I thought that the age fit him, but to be honest, anywhere between 12 and 15 could have fit him. He goes to a private boarding middle school in NYC, away from all his friends, and he is extremely smart. One of my favorite parts of the movie was when he cheated his way into getting a failing grade by figuring out what the right answers were just so he could put the wrong ones down and try to fail out of the school. The teacher caught on and assured him that he would eventually fit in at his school and that he just needed to give it time.

What I thought was a little strange at first was how he didn’t talk to his roommate at all. We don’t even get the roommates name, they just completely avoid each other in the tiny dorm room. This didn’t seem realistic to me, especially for 13-year-old guys. From what I’ve seen, most 13-year-olds instantly make friends with each other at day camps and that sort of thing, and I’m sure that the school would have had icebreakers on the first day. Even my COLLEGE had icebreakers. I feel like there was originally going to be a scene about this that was deleted so I will be waiting for the deleted scenes to be released and see.

I LOVED Miles’ relationship with his uncle. His uncle was so cool and supported his art. He DID kinda bring a 13-year-old kid into some sort of abandoned subway service area to graffiti, which wasn’t the best idea, but he was supportive. He was like the cool older brother to Miles who only had his strict and not very emotionally available policeman father. I was absolutely CRUSHED when he turned out to be helping Kingpin. That scene where Miles was hiding in the apartment and listening to his uncle talk to Kingpin, I was just shocked. That scene had me nervous and I was just watching it! And then he found out that he had been fighting his nephew the whole time and got killed for it. I may have hated what the uncle was doing, but he didn’t deserve to die, and this hurt the family so much.

I also think that they did the romance well in this movie. Since Miles is supposed to be so young, he doesn’t have any relationship experience. He likes Gwen and his uncle tries to give him advice, but he ends up just ruining everything anyways. Then she turns out to be a Spider Person from another universe, and they decide to just stay friends. This was way better, as having a 13-year-old relationship scene would have just been awkward. They have future movies to start being romantic if they decide to be romantic at all.

I also loved that we got to see different Spiderpeople. Gwen was a female Spiderwoman, then we had a Spiderpig, and SpiderNoir from the 1920s, and a grown SpiderMan, and then a Japanese Spiderwoman. The movie wasn’t just about a “black Spiderman.” It was about everyone seeing themselves in the mask, saving their own communities and universes. And this was so cool!

The only thing I wish we had seen was more of Miles in action! He is just figuring himself out for most of the movie, so we only see a few of his Spidermanning skills put to good use. Most of the time he is accidentally getting stuck to buildings or to Gwen’s hair, rather than actually doing stuff “on command.” This is definitely a more realistic portrayal of a superhero, as it doesn’t make sense that you get powers and all of a sudden know how to make a suit and web-shooters and stuff. But I can’t wait for the sequel to see how he will be when he has full control over his powers.

I’ll admit, this movie is rather dark for a PG film. Yes, Into the Spiderverse is PG! I personally think it could have been PG13, as the scene with Peter Parker’s death is really dark. You literally see Peter on the ground, in pain, and then the giant KingPin just slams his fists down on his body, instantly killing him. I mean, there’s no blood, but that was still pretty intense. Plus Miles’ uncle is shot right in front of him. Comparing this to another PG film like Frozen or Finding Dory, and you see how this is a bit more intense. Parents still take their little kids to see PG13 Marvel movies, so nothing would change. But if you have a sensitive child, this might not be the movie for you. I cried for hours at Baloo’s death in Jungle Book when I was like 5 or 6, no way I would have been able to handle this one as a little kid.

The scene where they were transporting all the different Spiders back to their own universes was so intense. I felt as if I was in some sort of light show, there was just so much going on. The universes were colliding with each other so there were colors all over the place, and then there were different enemies that needed to be defeated. I don’t know how long it took to animate that one scene, but it was more intense than any other part of the film. And it came out beautifully. I can’t wait to rewatch the movie when it comes out on Netflix just to see that one scene!

I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an amazing Marvel animated film.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes

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Rambling about Wreck it Ralph 2 (With Spoilers!)

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I saw this movie a few weeks ago with some friends, and I just never got around to talking about it. I truly loved it though!

I’m going to skip to the main point of the movie, the big “moral of the story.” This is going to have the main movie spoiler, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read on!

Alright, here we go. Ralph and Vanellope (I’m going to call her V) go to the Internet to try to buy a steering wheel for V’s racing game. They need 200 dollars to buy it on eBay. Then, when they win the auction, Ralph and V are in shock to learn that they need real money to pay for the bids. 27,001 dollars of real money in fact. Ralph and V must go on a crazy 24-hour adventure to try to pay for the wheel and save V’s game.

The journey leads them to go to a game called Slaughter Race to try to win the prized car of the lead NPC gang. This car will give them all the money that they need if they sell it to a shady internet in-game item seller. V and Ralph manage to befriend the leader of the gang, named Shank, and she decides to help them make money through BuzzTube (Youtube) videos.

This is where the true morals start to reveal themselves. Vanellope wants to stay in Slaughter Race.  She really looks up to Shank and the gang, and the game is far more fun than Sugar Rush. But Ralph is different. He has been in his game for many years, and he is happy with his life. After finding Vanellope and becoming her friend, he isn’t even lonely anymore! He’s happy with having his daily routine of working until the arcade closes, and then hanging out with his friends from the other games. When Ralph accidentally overhears a conversation between V and Shank where V talks about how she might not want to go back to the arcade, he decides to take drastic measures. He goes back to the shady dealer and asks for a virus that will slow down the cars in Slaughter Race so that V will be bored and decide to return to the arcade.

This insecurity virus is going to find an insecurity in the game and copy it over and over, thus slowing down the game. Ralph is happy that he found a nice, harmless virus that should slow down the cars. What Ralph doesn’t think about is how Vanellope herself is an insecurity. Her glitch never disappeared after Wreck it Ralph 1. So the virus finds her and repeats her glitch throughout the game, completely breaking it. This makes the game reset, which is a race against time for Vanellope to be able to escape the game. A reset would mean that she would get deleted, as her character isn’t native to the game’s backup files. After Ralph saves her, he admits to putting the virus in the game, which causes the pair to fight. Vanellope takes off Ralph’s Best Friend cookie medal and throws it into the depths of the internet. The two part ways as the insecurity virus breaks out of Slaughter Race. When the virus sees Ralph, it copies his insecurities, causing a bunch of Ralph clones to take over the internet, all looking for their best friend Vanellope.

The Wreck it Ralph series has honestly become one of my favorite Disney movie series after this film. There is no romance, just two best friends hanging out and having fun together outside of their own video games. This storyline is one that is relatable to kids, and can honestly teach an important lesson.

We all had that one friend when we were a kid. That one friend who didn’t like it when we hung out with our other friends, or who got upset when you said that you had more than one best friend. They were so scared of losing you that they drove the two of you apart by being so possessive, and hurting the others who wanted to spend time with you. Ralph takes on the role of that overly possessive friend in this film. He is so scared of losing Vanellope that he hurts the game she loves, hurting her in the process, to try to make her stay with him.

At the end of the movie, Ralph must face his “insecurities” by talking to a mass of clone Ralphs in the shape of a giant Ralph, and get them to let Vanellope go. This was a bit on the creepier side, even for a kids film, and I know that I would have definitely been scared if I had seen this at 6 or 7 years old. But nevertheless, it drove home the important point. Ralph and Vanellope could still be friends, even if Vanellope didn’t live at the arcade anymore. Ralph shouldn’t try to hold V back from following her dream, and Vanellope can’t try to force Ralph to live in Slaughter Race, a game where he doesn’t belong. They wouldn’t stop being best friends just because Vanellope moved somewhere new.

This is an important life moment that all kids go through, and this movie captured that perfectly. A friend is going to move away, or go to a different school, or have different friends, and kids have to learn how to be okay with that. The end of the movie shows how Ralph and Vanellope would video chat each other daily instead of hanging out in person, so they were able to stay friends outside of the arcade. This was a beautiful way to show the end of the movie because a real kid would be able to video chat a friend who had moved away or started attending a different school. A beautiful solution for a common issue Disney!

Overall, I would recommend this movie to anyone with children or to anyone looking for a beautifully animated Wreck it Ralph film!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 paintbrushes

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