Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.
Into the Spider-Verse gets so much right. This is not only a beautiful introduction to one of the better superheroes of this generation, and yes I’m talking about Miles, but it perfectly integrates numerous Spider-people yet doesn’t feel convoluted? How did this movie not fall flat on its face? The idea of why this works on the level that it does is simple, and that is the fact that there was so much passion put into this project that it just could not fail. This passion comes from all parties, from the directors to the writers, and the cast obviously plays a huge role. Moore’s voice will forever be tied to Miles, and Hailee Steinfeld brings Gwen to life in a magical way. The big surprise is Jake Johnson absolutely crushing Peter B Parker. Would it be strange to admit that he may be one of the best Peter Parker representations we have seen yet?
The villains, while classic, each have a twist. I remember the discussion being about how Kingpin wasn’t a great villain, or that his design was strange. He may look a bit odd, but this design-choice is (at least) interesting and bold enough to catch your attention. He feels menacing due to his stature and voice, yet his main mission is a personal one. The rise of Miles may be handled just a bit quicker than it should be, as we need more time between when he leaves the group and then gets the suit. This being said, there isn’t much more to complain about here, as this is a brilliant way to start (or continue) a franchise. The animation was stunning at the time, and while plenty have tried to replicate it, there is only one that looks like this. After tomorrow, there may be two, but there is something about the simplicity of an origin story.
*update after seeing the sequel:
Holy shit, there are now two. Brb, about to go hyperventilate and write a certain review.
🔙The Little Mermaid
🔜Across the Spider-Verse