Esteemed and highly distinguished game director Hideo Kojima, besides being notable for his spectacular contributions to the gaming industry, is also known for the love and admiration he harbors for the visual medium of films. His reverence for the art form runs deep. So much so that his Twitter bio even says, “70% of my body is made of movies.”
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Kojima’s profound knack for the medium has allowed him to share with audiences his personal opinions and reviews of various cinematic endeavors. Very recently, the visionary game designer shared his thoughts on the Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson-directed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The animated project left a deep impact on Kojima, who claimed that the initiative is paving the way for “the future of entertainment.”
Hideo Kojima’s Appreciative Review Of Across The Spider-Verse
Considered an auteur of video games, Kojima knows a thing or two about storytelling. The gaming genius’ interest in filmmaking was an intrinsic part of his being, ever since his childhood days. His passion for weaving a well-thought-out narrative is noticeable in his various pursuits.
This is particularly evident when you take into consideration Kojima’s stealth action video game franchise, Metal Gear. Even in 2019’s Death Stranding, passionate consumers of Hideo Kojima’s gameography bared witness to his aptitude for experimental game design and immersive storytelling.
Therefore, as someone who has an eye for the craft, the video game creator knows a gem when he sees one. Talent recognizes talent, after all.
Taking to Twitter, Kojima detailed his verdict on the recently released Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The Metal Gear alum was so thoroughly taken aback by the endeavor’s brilliance that he was compelled to draw a direct comparison with a franchise that is regarded as Marvel’s long-time competitor. We are, of course, talking about DC.
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Here’s an excerpt from Hideo Kojima‘s Twitter review:
“I watched “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” Like the previous film, the visual presentation and the multiverse depiction of Spider-Man’s loneliness and destiny were excellent. Animation, MANGA, American comics, CG, games, live-action films, stop-motion, LEGO, street art, watercolor, oil painting, all boundaries are destroyed, truly a new dimension of art crossing the multiverse! This is the future of entertainment.”
The acclaimed video game designer eloquently articulated his opinions, summing up all the outstanding elements that make Across the Spider-Verse truly a marvelous and historic cinematic experience. The amalgamation of several art forms and their unity in constructing a memorable story is being effectively popularized by the 2023 endeavor. One can argue that this process of transformation already began post-2018, thanks to Into the Spider-Verse.
Hence, this consequential step in animation is set to bring about a new age of entertainment.
The film not only explores the boundaries of a fictional multiverse within its narrative, but in a literal sense, it also eliminates the boundaries of real-life creation. The future of the animation medium seems promising.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘s Unique Exploration Of Multiverse
In the latter half of his review, Hideo Kojima pointed out the difference between DC’s approach to the multiverse and that of the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-penned venture. The dissection and observation of the multiverse has commonly found a space in various pieces of fiction. The uber-acclaimed and overarching narrative of DC is no exception. Through its comic books, its animated universe, and recently, its cinematic universe, the multi-media franchise has time and again tackled the premise. Oftentimes than not, such pursuits have been wonderfully executed.
However, according to Kojima, Across the Spider-Verse simply does it better.
Here’s what he mentioned in his review:
“DC has also broken the “fourth wall” of cinema in the multiverse, but this work digitally fuses and sublimates subcultural materials that were once considered water and oil into a single work of art!”
It must be noted that Hideo Kojima has voiced his support for The Flash, which attempts at traversing the multiverse within DCU, despite its unsuccessful performance at the box office. Hence, he’s not taking a dig at DC. Far from it. Nonetheless, Kojima’s statement encapsulates the strengths of Across the Spider-Verse, which marks a transcendent transformation and modification of “subcultural materials” into something profound, something unique.
The genius of the endeavor simply overpowers other explorations of the multiverse in fiction. Even existing DCAU ventures have yet to see a depiction so intricate, extraordinary, and intense. With the animated film having impressed even Hideo Kojima, you can tell that the efforts of the movie’s cast, crew, and production team have paid off.
The world couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come next.
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