“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Columbia)
By Catholic News Service
Innovative but noisy and frenetic animated take on the Marvel Comics superhero saga focuses on a Brooklyn teen (voice of Shameik Moore) who, like the original before him, acquires web-slinging abilities after being bitten by a radioactive arachnid. When a villain (voice of Liev Schreiber) opens a portal to other dimensions, a quintet of alternate versions of the title character (the most prominent voiced by Jake Johnson) arrives on Earth one by one and together with the New York novice they battle the black hat as well as his octopus-like sidekick (voice of Kathryn Hahn).
A message about the importance of family bonds and a lesson in living up to your potential are conveyed amid stylized dustups and psychedelic imagery in this film from co-director and co-writer Rodney Rothman who penned the script with Phil Lord and shared the helm with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey. Not an adventure for the easily jangled or the littlest tots but otherwise suitable for a wide audience.
Some harsh but bloodless violence, including gunplay, references to puberty, a single vaguely crass word. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.