Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse had a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at one point – but that is no longer. That’s right, the film currently has 105 “fresh” reviews – and one “rotten” review. This typically happens when a movie has a 100% on the aggregator website. It’s never in the first round of reviews – it always comes along after. It’s almost as if someone wants traffic or something?
Whatever the case may be, the review comes from a site called Rogers Movie Nation (never heard of it), who writes:
Jerky motion, blurred action beats — a clever conceit ruined by sloppy animation.
A clever conceit? Well, okay. aside from the piss-poor grammar throughout this review, early on, it becomes obvious the writer just wanted to give it a negative review to be different – and even mentions the perfect score in his review. No, I’m not joking. The review also says that the movie went too far in terms of making it like a comic book.
The review ends with this line:
And if I’m the only one to say that, so be it. I can’t review anything but the headache-inducing blown-up TV (under) animated miasma I see before me. This is sloppy.
I had to stop typing for a moment because of how edgy the last line of the review is.
In all seriousness, though, we’re all entitled to have an opinion. Some people might not like Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and that’s perfectly fine. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t say whether it’s good or bad. If I had, though, I wouldn’t have made it blatantly obvious that I was just giving the film a bad review for more traffic.
Some comments on the review read:
- I can’t tell if you’re joking about the animation. It’s an extreme look for a studio movie and may not be to your taste, but it’s hardly cutrate. If this is pixelated, so is a Lichstenstein painting. It looks and moves like a comic book, sometimes isolating poses and letting us see each part of the movement individually, sometimes more fluid. It is textured like a printed comic book page. I assume this is trolling or satire because it is so self-evident that an enormous amount of craft and intention went into the film’s visual style, whether or not it works. (It did for me, and I saw it in IMAX.)
- Congrats to you. You finally dropped the movie’s perfect 100% rating down to 99%. You gave a mediocre rating to such an amazing movie, and that’s completely ludicrous. The animation was great in my opinion. Initially I was as negative as you are, and the choppiness was a little off-putting. But as the movie went along, not only did it no longer bother me… but it made sense. We’re not looking at Disney, or Dreamworks, or the styles of other major animated studios… Sony Animation created something new here. It’s a brand new comic book-styled animation, kinda like “motion comics 2.0” as I call it. So if you wanna compare this animation style to something else you’ve seen before, don’t refer to Disney and co., but perhaps WB’s ‘The Lego Movie’, or Laika’s various claymation films if you’d like. But I wouldn’t compare it to anything else. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ has a new style of its own making. And it may not be appealing to everyone (although it already is for 99% of the critics on RT, and for myself), but if it isn’t, you have to learn to understand that it’s not that the animation itself was sloppy… it just wasn’t catered to your taste. Kinda like spicy Indian cuisine, not everyone likes it (I do), but it doesn’t mean that it’s crappy food… it’s just not for them, plain and simple. I thought the movie was great, and that the animation was truly something special.
- I think you should learn more about animation before talking about it, because it really feels like you think Pixar smoothness is indicative of quality animation. And no self-respecting movie goer over the age of 13 would believe that
- You really had to be the *one* negative review, huh? *cough* clickbait.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14th.
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