Dan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Another one that gets better with every watch. I liked it enough upon release to revisit it while it was still in cinemas, but I didn’t understand the overwhelming hype behind it. If anything, I found it a bit “overrated” (as much as I hate that word). But on every rewatch it slowly creeps up my list of Spider-Man films and further solidifies itself as one of my favourite films in recent years.
By now I’ve probably watched it 5 or 6 times and it just doesn’t depreciate at all. It’s still not a film I’d rate 5 stars, just because the way my ratings work is sort of on a scale from the worst movie of all time to the best, and better movies than this exist, but it’s a top tier Spider-Man film and even a top tier superhero movie. There’s absolutely no fat on it.
It just has everything. Genuinely groundbreaking animation, smart humour, efficient storytelling, visual flair, heartwarming drama, an excellent soundtrack, a great voice cast, iconic moments. Even though it might not reach 5 stars for me, I also can’t really fault it, other than maybe a slightly-too-predictable plot twist.
If the above list of things I liked about this movie was too vague, I’ll be more specific: Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker and his relationship not only with Miles but with MJ, the “What’s up, danger?” scene, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, Sunflower, the way the villains were balanced, the moment Miles has with his Dad behind the door, the self-aware humour from Lord & Miller, and the fact that literally every frame of the movie is dripping with style, energy and detail.
It’s still not on the same level as the original 2 Spider-Man movies for me, simply because nostalgia is a very powerful thing and those movies were a massive part of my childhood (perhaps only behind Harry Potter, Pixar’s golden years and the Star Wars prequels), but I can completely understand anyone who says it’s their favourite of the bunch. Speaking of which, I think it might be my favourite of 2018.
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