It be the 1st Sunday of 2019. How has the 2019 been treating you hitherto? Well, after a very very very very long time, I am living a lazy life. Over a period of many years, I have concluded that laziness is my natural element. It comes SO easily to me, and it is precisely why I run away from it. I am compelled to be hyperactive, primarily because the lethargy of it, takes over my seconds, my minutes, my hours, my days, my months – my life.
So, as I sit here, in my warm quilt (nursing a bad cold btw!) – I decided – no more. The 6th day of the new year will see itself as a new opportunity for me. And I thought of getting back to doing – what I love doing most – writing.
If you have been around here enough, you know that I like me my movies and writing reviews for them. And when I saw Spiderman-Man Into the Spider Verse, I was just blown away. In terms of movies, 2019 could not have been a better start too. More on that later.
The script revolves around a teenage African American kid, Miles Morales who has ‘no expectations’ (Morales parodying Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations) of himself. He has been depicted as struggling to keep up in a stuffy new private school, where he is made to study against his wishes. He is obviously rebelling against his dad, who forced him to go to this private boarding school, aptly called ‘Visions High School’ (I hope I am getting the name right! I am still under the influence of drugs thanks to the doc’s prescription for cold). Every kid needs a role model, Morales’ is his laid-back super-fit, super-hot uncle Aaron Davis, who takes him to a closed subway station to spray paint a wall with him and cheer up his disheartened nephew – who is grudgingly trying to meet everyone’s expectations, except his own. Well, obviously not his own – because he doesn’t know what his expectations are of himself. And THERE – a radioactive spider bites him and well – the rest as they say is – Comic Book Story inked by Stan Lee. (I won’t tell you the whole story now – will I? – just GO & WATCH THE MOVIE! Seriously! PLEASE!)
The bildungsroman has been beautifully scripted by the writers. And Peter Parker in his many avatars (the lazy, cynical, fat one being my favourite btw! For obvious reasons!) has nurtured, mentored and guided Morales from the (Brooklyn) block in the best way possible that he could. But well, one can only be mentored enough – because none of it would really matter, unless Morales takes the leap of faith (in himself). Unless he has faith that in face of the most abject adversity, he can still get up and fight, none of that mentoring would matter. Ah yes! So much philosophy in animated movies these days (That’s just me folks! That’s just your good ol’ me!)
The Soundtrack is just kickass. From Blackway & Black Caviar’s ‘What’s Up Danger’ to DUCKWRTH & Shaboozey’s ‘Start a Riot’ – half the album to be precise, is going to be my go-to-workout / dancing-alone-in-my-car-track(s) hereon for quite some time. Jaden Smith’s ‘Way Up’ just instills the energy in you, in case you are about to be drained of it. Nicki Minaj & Annuel AA’s ‘Familia’ is just a go-hug-your-dad-and-dance-with-him kind of track, enthusing just the right amount of love for and enjoyment with the family. Post Malone & Swae Lee’s ‘Sunflower’ is going to be my happy / ease-that-tension track. But the crown for my favorite track has to be Beau Young Prince’s ‘Let Go’ (go listen to it if you are one of those relying on music alone/silently to feel that they are not the only ones trying to figure out life!). Overall, the soundtrack has the perfect blend of new-age electric cocktail with just the apt amount of deep emotional liqueur to quench your thirst for a GOOD album. FYI – This is the second album after Black Panther, that I have liked (in the recent past) that I can listen to in entirety. Go listen to it – if you are bumming around in your quilt like me – and have zilch desire to actually go watch the movie.
The animation was just AWESOME. You know, I felt like a kid downing that big bucket of butter and caramel popcorn (yeah! I am weird. I unapologetically like my popcorn BOTH savoury and sweet! Whaaa?). You know the 3D was just awesome (yeah! I am child when it comes to animation – and then EVERYTHING becomes just AWESOME!). The thought-bubbles and the placement of words in each scene was meticulously placed and I am assuming painstakingly done. Each scene must have been visited, revisited, rerevisited and rerere-revisited just to get the placement of each word, in the particular angle that the director/animation experts wanted. Dude! The animation was just awesome ( *wearing my boots and eskimo jacket to go watch the movie again* )
All in all, this movie was (yeah!yeah! I know you have figured it out by now) – JUST AWESOME. To me, Stan Lee and all his superheroes till date, are an embodiment of the good in the world we wish to see. These superheroes are sculpted and titled rightly so, because despite the adversities in their personal lives, they do not give up. They do not give up on saving this decaying, dying cynical world. They believe that the burden of humanity rests on their shoulders. As Mary Jane rightly said in the movie – ‘We are all Spider Man’ / ‘All of us have Spider Man inside of us’ (I scratch my memory as I wish to type the actual quote! I couldn’t find it online either. Sorry. But you get the gist).
So, the big philosophical question is My Friend! Will you take that ‘leap of faith’? Will you believe – if not in anything and anyone else – in the goodness of your own heart? It’s capacity to be good? Will you take that leap of faith in yourself?
On that note, here’s wishing you a fab. 6th day of 2019. Or at least a good lazy Sunday. It rained here btw! =D