Watch the video for reviews of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "Mary Poppins Returns," which are out on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week
I've seen "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" three-and-a-half times now (I got busy during one of them doing stuff around the house),and it just gets richer and deeper with each viewing.
The Spider-Man in this movie is Miles Morales, a middle-schooler with a very different world perspective than Peter Parker for reasons that should be obvious. It's a character informed and developed through his family, community and surroundings.
He's bitten by a radioactive spider, and yeah, you know the drill.But that's exactly why this is so good - taking something familiar and making it fresh.It's smart, funny, and emotionally captivating with characters that feel like real people.Because this is a movie dealing with multi-verse theory (yes, an animated movie can deal with complex ideas), we get to meet other versions of Spider people from other dimensions - my favorite being Spider-Man Noir voiced by Nicholas Cage.
This is also a comic book movie that actually leans into being a comic book - animated in a way that feels like the pages and panels are in motion.It's the best, most striking animated movie to come along in a few years,the best "Spider-Man" movie,and among the best superhero movies ever. "Spider-Verse" is a game changer for what comic book movies can be, who can be featured in them, and the stories they can tell.
It's a movie for everyone.
"Mary Poppins Returns" is a worthy follow-up to the classic Disney movie. Emily Blunt given the impossible task of following the iconic Julie Andrews,and she's wonderful here.This sequel features a plot that's a little meandering and predictable,none of the new songs are keepers, but it's beautifully made and fun to watch, even if it all runs a bit long at more than two hours.The spirit of the original is certainly here,including Dick Van Dyke in a short scene guaranteed to make you smile.