Brittany Runs a Marathon
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Aethetically and visually this is a beautiful film, and well worth watching for that alone--world building wise it's very lore filled and good as well. The only point I've taken off is for the character personalities (who are far too modern and generic to fit in with the beautiful and ancient feeling world). Even if they had just removed the modern slang it would have been much easier to get absorbed into the film.
Great visuals--it was obviously made in 3D but it kind of "feels" like traditional animation and man I have been missing traditional animation... aside from that, The two main characters (black and red spidey) are nicely handled and likeable. I could have done without the robot and pig, though, I kind of wish it just focused on the three--but I get that this was probably a film "for the fans" and maybe people more acquainted with spiderman lore really loved those side characters?
Now I do have to admit I wasn't as sucked into this as a lot of audience members clearly were. I thought the plot was a fairly typical superhero origin story and without any twists or turns you're largely just waiting for things to come to the conclusion you expect. But even if the film kind of ran out of steam for me near the end the beginning parts were SOLID. I liked the establishment of Black spiderman's character, I liked seeing his interactions with his family and school and stuff--even up to the point where he's stealing the Goober with red spidey is darn solid, the banter and antics in those scenes were great!
...Actually, the more I think about it the film really only started to slow down and get bloated once the pig and robot were added. That may just be coincidence of them arriving during "plot wrapup time," but I supposed it reiterates my point that I found them distracting from the character arcs that had been set up thus far. It really took time away from arcs that I had been invested in.
But even if the stereotypical plot and bloated number of characters was a bit of a letdown I can't let the score lower TOO much for the ingenuity of the visuals alone. I hope we see more films looking like this in the future.
Very nice! I wasn't as big of a fan of the original as most people seemed to be (the "chosen one" obvious plot and live action segments kind of doured my enjoyment of an otherwise nice film), but in the sequel those complaints are severely lessened and you've got great new additions to the cast.
I loved the exploding hearts and cute stars--the movie did a fantastic job not overusing them to the point of the audience getting tired of them, they were restricted enough so that when they did pop up it was actually FUNNY.
There are still live action segments, of course (how I wish they'd just do away with them entirely like Lego Batman did) but there isn't as much gravitas placed on those parts so it wasn't actively frustrating... and frankly, maybe I just find kids arguing and having trouble playing together with such different styles more relateable than a dad wanting to make a model city? I got behind the plot far more naturally from the getogo--and I feel like everyone at SOME point has played with a little kid and experienced that "you missed" moment of frustration.
So overall, the things that annoyed me in the first film annoyed me less in this one, cute new characters, and just as funny and colorful as the original.
A nice solid conclusion to a fantastic series. I won't claim it's perfect and I'd be lying if I wasn't more than a BIT surprised there wasn't some sort of bittersweet moment like there was in the other two films... but it was a solid conclusion nonetheless and I did really enjoy seeing these characters wrap up in nice, sweet ways.
Overall? Frankly I'm just happy to have a "safe but still good" film wrap up two amazing ones. I'd feel a bit greedy expecting more due to how often sequels flop or even actively try to ruin their forebearers. And even if it's still "safer" that doesn't make it bad by any means. This still seems like a quality film worth your time that concludes the series well. Just... safe.