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    From running a business out of a spare bedroom to a fashion empire with stores in Wilmington and a second store now open in Hyde Park, a local lady is out to give shoppers trendy options without breaking the bank. Read on to learn more.

    Everyday Chic Boutique is a women’s clothing store with locations in Wilmington and Hyde Park.

    Since its opening in May 2014, Everyday Chic Boutique has seen nothing but growth.

    Karli Harris, the boss lady behind the business, first launched the business from a spare room in her house.

    After she graduated from college, Harris was working for Wright-Patt Credit Union in Dayton. While at work, she found that she wanted to feel trendy in her clothing option, but didn’t want to break the bank either.

    That’s when she came up with the idea for Everyday Chic Boutique, and now she’s opened a second location in Hyde Park Square at 2643 Erie Avenue.

    Harris says that she chose a spot in Hyde Park because she wanted to open another location of Everyday Chic Boutique closer to the city, but while still maintaining the store’s “small town feel.”

    “I avoided strips or malls when pursuing a new area, so when I found the Square I instantly fell in love with its charm and history, and I knew this was the right spot for Everyday Chic Boutique,” she says.

    The new location opened its doors on November 17, with hours 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

    Although they’re already open, Harris says she’s planning on a big celebration with a Grand Opening event in January.

    At Everyday Chic Boutique, you’ll find brands like Free People, Bed|Stu, and 7 For All Mankind among a wide selection of privately-labeled pieces.

    “We have apparel, denim, shoes, accessories, and gifts,” says Harris. “We also make it a priority to purchase lines available that focus on giving back to the community and environment such as Love Your Melon, Cecelia Jewelry, and Noah & Co Candles.”

    Harris says that what makes Everyday Chic Boutique different from other boutiques is that it aims to change the way women shop while also offering a personalized experience that she says she wasn’t getting at big box stores.

    “Fast forward 6 years and we’ve expanded our original store into a 2,500-square-foot location and are opening new storefronts,” she says.

    Harris personally selects every piece that hits the floor to ensure that customers are given a unique and high-quality selection to choose from when they shop at Everyday Chic Boutique.

    “Our inventory is constantly changing to guarantee you will always find new, exciting items,” she adds. “It is our mission at Everyday Chic Boutique to provide every guest with a tailored, empowering customer experience. We believe shopping should be easy, and that the process should be painless. We strive to create a friendly and fun experience for everyone that steps in the door.”

    Price points for items at Everyday Chic Boutique range from $25 to $150 depending on the brand and season. The private labeled options are the bulk of the inventory, according to Harris, and range from $25 to $75.

    The store carries a wide selection of inventory, so there’s something for everyone.

    At Everyday Chic Boutique, the focus is on quality, fashionable options at an affordable price point.

    “We want you to be able to ‘guilt-free’ purchase an entire outfit when visiting our boutiques, an outfit that will last you multiple seasons,” adds Harris.

    Harris says that when you mention this article while shopping at any of the boutiques, you’ll get 15% off your first purchase through the end of the year. There’s also a VIP Text Club, which you can join by texting “ecbhydepark” to 51660 for deals throughout the year.

    To learn more about Everyday Chic Boutique, visit https://www.everydaychicboutique.com/. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook to learn more, see new arrivals, and check out specials and promotions.

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    On the hunt for unique, thoughtful and practical presents this year? Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy for some great gift ideas!

    Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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    Enjoy smaller living in the big city in this week's stylish, stunning and city-living Listing of the Week!

    You don’t want to miss this beautifully restored, sunfilled condo in Hyde Park! The 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit features finishes and style including two new marble bathrooms, a custom, eat-in kitchen with honed granite and stainless steel, dark refinished floors, laundry, custom closets, central air, and a garage. The home has incredible character including a Georgian terrace, a fireplace, and 9-foot ceilings.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    A local fashion designer leverages her eye for style at an event that'll add some haute to your next headshot.

    Professional headshot taken by Aaron Conway

    From social media and Google searches to e-introductions and video conference calls, most first impressions are made online in today’s business climates.

    That’s why Chelsea Cutrell is leveraging her experience and connections as a design/styling consultant to host a Headshot Event. Cutrell says attendees will leave with professional headshots that support that support their career and branding needs, as well as learning from experts in various image development fields.

    “Each member of our team has experience with portrait sessions and events,” Cutrell explains, “but this is a new style of event hosted by a coffee shop that caters to business professionals who work on the go or need a change of scenery from the office.”

    Example of a client headshot taken by Tracy Doyle

    Cutrell wanted to focus on the convenience of taking headshots in this way. She knows how hard it can be to devote the effort and time it takes to curate the perfect image. She says she wanted to make it as simple as ordering a cup of Joe.

    “This type of event highlights my work as a wardrobe and prop stylist, as well as a fashion design/styling consultant, and custom designer,” she explains. “It is a great way to introduce people to my areas of expertise and how those can support their personal career path and business marketing needs.”

    When it comes to the members of her team, Stefani Carol and Tracy Doyle, Cutrell says, “Stefani is a licensed makeup artist and Tracy is a photographer. I respect their work in the industry, as we are all passionate about our craft and we enjoy showing people what we have to offer creatively to help them succeed and feel their best. Stefani has trained her team by instilling high standards for makeup and hair styling. Tracy and I have collaborated on many projects, including published work. Our team is always one step ahead of the clients’ needs on set.”

    Doyle started Tracy Doyle Photography after 15 years of assisting some of the best professionals in the business in both commercial and event photography. She focuses on fashion, commercial, and portrait photography with a motto of “We can help tell your story in pictures.”

    The headshot events are one-day in format, and participants can select a window of time during the day that works best for them. “Our focus for this headshot event is on business professionals who need collateral for their marketing materials and who may have other photography/styling needs in the future,” Cutrell says. “We decided upon this one-day event format, because it allows us to help many people invest in themselves. Our collaborative process reduces the clients’ stress about having a portrait taken.”

    Example of Cutrell’s fashion design work taken by Tracy Doyle. Sabrina Ellison of Heyman Talent Agency.

    Cutrell says she will leverage her wardrobe and prop styling experience at the event. “I will consult with the clients on which pieces to wear during our session and make sure everything is in place on set while the photographer takes the photos,” she adds. “We work as a team to help the clients feel comfortable and confident during the photo session.”

    Cutrell graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, studying fashion design. “I primarily focus on custom designed garments, working with small businesses to develop products, commercial and editorial wardrobe styling, and I create special items that are infused with healing energy,” Cutrell says. “I am selling a variety of garments, accessories, and apothecary products at local boutiques in Cincinnati. I enjoy using my craft to help others forge their own paths in life.”

    All future headshot events are at Cocoon Coffee in Mason on January 4, April 12, July 19, and October 11. Their headshot event link for January is: https://TracyDoyleHeadShotEvent.as.me/CocoonCoffee.

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    A men’s designer launched a new women’s line inspired by the fabulous fashionistas in his own life. Read on for all the stylish details.

    Jonathan Mezibov released a new women’s shirt line.

    A bonafide expert in menswear design, Jonathan Mezibov is launching a new women’s line.

    “My new women’s line was inspired by the wonderful women in my life and by my love of reinterpreting menswear – in this case, shirts – for women,” he explains.

    The capsule collection from Mezibov’s line features denim, stretch poplin, and silk shirts in several styles, including a western and military-style shirt.

    Launched in November 2018, the line is available at https://jonathanmezibov.com.

    When asked what makes this new women’s shirt line unique, Mezibov says that it’s the luxurious materials, singular design features, and expert Italian craftsmanship.

    “In addition, it is informed by a melding of influences,” he adds. “A little bit town and a little bit country, the line adheres to a countrypolitan design sensibility and blends American heritage with Continental refinement – the Denim Western Shirt being a prime example of these disparate influences. It is an iconic American sport shirt but made in Italy from premium, soft denim and featuring a wide-spread collar and my signature tab cuffs. Similar unique details are found throughout the line.”

    Prices for the women’s line runs from $228 to $278, with complimentary shipping and returns.

    To learn more about Mezibov’s store and new women’s line, visit https://jonathanmezibov.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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    A new event and venue space recently opened its doors in the Central Business District. Learn more about how they’re changing the event game with no hidden surprises.

    The Spot on West Fifth is a new event space in Cincinnati’s Central Business District.

    Eight longtime friends got together and decided they would share their vision and launch an event and venue space. Collectively, they opened The Spot on West Fifth.

    “Our space is gallery-like with exposed brick, hardwood floors, natural light, and space, lots of space,” says Co-Owner Christy Johnson.

    Johnson says that she lives nearby the building and happened to walk by the space and see that it was for sale.

    “We had just moved back in town and were looking for some new opportunities,” she says. “We saw this space and fell in love with it.”

    It was at that place, their little spot on West Fifth, that they knew they wanted to create something that people loved to be in at a price that was affordable.

    “Our idea was simple, it’s like renting the church basement only it’s way cooler than a church basement,” she says. “We wanted a place that felt good, and offered an easy-going approach where you could get exactly what you need and nothing you don’t.”

    They didn’t set out to build the Taj Mahal, Johnson says, but rather something that is warm, beautiful, clean, and affordable.

    Events at The Spot on West Fifth include corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and social events. In fact, The Spot on West Fifth recently hosted an off-the-chart private birthday party with Janet Hill Events that featured a celebrity DJ from Los Angeles. She adds that they’ve also been asked about possible being the location for a music video shoot.

    “I’m excited about all the possibilities,” adds Johnson.

    When you host an event at The Spot on West Fifth, there are multiple benefits that go along with it, but most importantly, it’s your event your way.

    “This means yes, you can bring your own alcohol and bring the caterer you want,” says Johnson. “Oh, and no surcharges, no kidding. We don’t take on any additional percentages to vendors’ fees. We’ll have great people to recommend who may even offer you a discount but in the end it’s up to you. So what you see is what you get, no surprises.”

    Johnson says that when most people think of a space downtown, the envision a dark, narrow shotgun sort of a spot.

    “Not us,” she says. “Honestly, I wish I would have taken a video of people’s reactions as they enter the space. Their eyes sort of open wide and they say oh my god I had no idea how big this is.”

    The front of the building is all windows and Johnson says it’s fun being inside and seeing the busy street outside.

    The Spot on West Fifth is located downtown in the Central Business District at 337 West Fifth Street between Central and Plum, directly across the street from the Duke Energy Convention Center. That’s right off the Fifth Street Exit and less than two blocks from the Hyatt, Netherland Hilton, and the Millennium hotels, and just 3 blocks from Fountain Square.

    Johnson says that although everything is new for The Spot on West Fifth, watch out because they’re on a roll.

    To learn more about The Spot on West Fifth, visit spotonwestfifth.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Learn about the mobile medspa service that recently launched to offer Botox, fillers, peels, body sculpting, medical grade skincare and more through events, salons and home parties.

    You’ve heard of food trucks and fashion trucks before, but how about a mobile medspa? Well, now you have with the recently-opened, Ohio-based MOBO Medical Spa, LLC.

    “MOBO Medical Spa, LLC is a mobile medspa! We deliver high-quality medical aesthetics to the places where our clients are already going to receive beauty and body services. We do special events and parties, concierge services and also serve as a private label med spa for businesses that want to offer medical aesthetics to their clientele. This is different from a fly-by-night botox injector that may do botox in a salon here and there,” says Meg Fruth, Partner and Managing Director of MOBO Medical Spa, LLC. “We bring a complete menu of med spa services with us on-site wherever we go, and we have an impressive ratio of repeat clientele. Most of our locations are long-term arrangements where we are available to see follow-ups and book clients well in advance.”

    MOBO is like a food truck, in that it’s always moving from place to place, Fruth says. “We currently have a regular presence at about 12 different salons and make-up studios throughout the state of Ohio, with even more being announced in the near future,” she explains. “We are also very excited to announce that our mobile clinic will be launching in January! Look out for MOBO on the road at your favorite salons, spas and other locations across Ohio very soon.”

    MOBO began offering their services in mid-2017 in Columbus and have since grown statewide. “Our team of medical staff bring more than two decades of medical aesthetic experience to the organization,” Fruth says. Today, there are three Nurse Practitioners, one medical doctor and one Medical Aesthetician.

    MOBO Medical Spa offers body sculpting, fillers, botox, and skincare.

    Fruth says the business inspiration sparked from seeing friends overspend on anti-aging and over-the-counter products, while medical grade solutions could help more, for the same price or even less. “We asked ourselves why and identified a problem in the delivery- and the stigma associated with these services. We sought to come up with a solution for both,” she says. “Our goal was to make medical aesthetics safe and accessible to the every day consumer by bringing it to the places they’re already going for beauty services. We knew that if we could make med spa visits as easy and affordable as getting your hair done, more people would be able to see the results that we know are possible with high quality medical grade services.”

    The name of the business came from explaining the business to family members. “One day over lunch, I was explaining the business concept to my family and my male cousin, who had been quiet the whole time, casually says, Mobile Botox…I would just call it Mo-Bo. The rest is history. The name also works for mobile body sculpting. And needless to say, he gets free ‘Bro-tox’ for life now,” she laughed.

    There are a wide variety of services offered through MOBO, including Botulinum Toxin Injectables (Botox and Dysport), Dermal Fillers (Juvederm and Restylane), Chemical Peels, Body Sculpting, and Medical Grade Skincare.

    The mission of the business is to bring treatments to the body that are safe and effective. “We also seek to build a loyal base of repeat clientele with whom we foster a trusting relationship, built on honesty and education,” Fruth explains. “There are plenty of people in this industry who will over treat a patient and take their money for a one time sale, even if it is the wrong treatment to address their chief concern. We pride ourselves on integrity and education, fostering long term relationships with our hosts and our patients.”

    Fruth says this concept is the perfect concept for a salon not currently offering these services, or for someone interested in the convenience of treatments coming to your home to treat you and friends. “We bring the whole med spa and everything is on the menu. Furthermore, we keep coming back…so when you want to bring a new friend, or come back right before a big event, or get re-treated after your botox wore off…we’re there and so happy to see you. Most of our clients text, call and reach out on social media all the time just to check in. It’s really a close-knit tribe.”

    To keep up with what MOBO Medical Spa, LLC is doing, follow them on their Facebook, websiteInstagram or call them at: (614) 768-MOBO (6626).

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    A local lady went for a hike that eventually inspired a business idea. Read on for her inspiring story!

    Little Hiker Bird sells button pins, magnets, and stickers.

    Cincy Chic: What is Little Hiker Bird?
    Carol Patton, Owner of Little Hiker Bird: Little Hiker Bird is my brand of products, which includes stickers, button pins and magnets. The name comes from the combination of my two favorite things, hiking and birds! After moving to Ohio a few years ago, I loved exploring all of the state parks with my dog, Molly. We went out hiking several times and Little Hiker Bird just popped into my head one day! It has since turned into our biggest adventure yet!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Patton: The main inspiration behind my work will always be rooted in outdoor adventures. Many of my ideas come to me while I’m out in nature or just enjoying a walk with my dog, so you’ll find most designs reflect that in some way. I find inspiration from my love of birds, nature, and the beauty in everyday objects. For example, my collection of camera designs was inspired by my friend’s vintage camera! I’m also a vegetarian, which inspired my “Yay Veggies!” and “I Eat Plants” designs. Most of my illustrations are done on a computer. This works out great, because it allows me the flexibility to quickly try new things and compare ideas. My best work comes from this process of taking one idea and making something by trial and error, even if it’s nothing like what I originally planned.

    Carol Patton, Founder of Little Hiker Bird.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Patton: Carol Patton, That’s me! I graduated from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida and moved to Ohio shortly after. I’m the owner, illustrator, button presser, shipper, and everything Little Hiker Bird! My border collie, Molly, runs office security and also oversees daily operations to make sure everything runs smoothly. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to have my own business. I posted a few pin designs online last year and to my surprise, people started buying them and things just grew from there. Eventually, my line expanded and I started working with gift shops around the country!

    Cincy Chic: What types of products do you sell?
    Patton: I currently offer button pins, magnets, and stickers in a wide variety of themes, such as: camping, food, puns, dogs, cats, and birds. Button pins are often worn on hats or pinned on backpacks and handbags. On the other hand, stickers being weather resistant and dishwasher safe, can be put pretty much anywhere. Students really love them on their laptops, and some people have told me they even put them on their car!

    Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for items?
    Patton: My items run from $2 to $6.50, which makes them great stocking stuffers or small gifts for the holidays. Since there are so many designs to choose from, you can usually find something for everyone on your list!

    Cincy Chic: What makes Little Hiker Bird unique?
    Patton: All of my products feature my original illustrations. They also have a variety of themes, which makes each one very different. Everyone from small children to adults, enjoys going through all of the designs and picking out their favorites for themselves or as gifts. I love selling at shows, because of the smiles and laughs my work brings to people. Quite often, my customers will walk away wearing their new pin and it just makes my day! It’s great that they can be used immediately as they get them. Selling my work on small items allows everyone to take a piece of art home with them, which is just wonderful!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Little Hiker Bird?
    Patton: There’s always something new at Little Hiker Bird! My die-cut stickers have been popular, so I’m working on creating sticker sheets for planners and journals. Greeting cards are also on the way. One of my long-term projects includes a coloring book, which I’m hoping to release in 2019. I will be posting more about everything in the coming weeks.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Patton: Everything is available for purchase on my website at www.LittleHikerBird.com where you can also subscribe to my email newsletter. I’m constantly creating new designs and posting updates, so the best place to follow me is on Instagram or Facebook. I’ve been posting more process work, so you can see my designs come to life from start to finish. I also just launched a Patreon page<https://www.patreon.com/littlehikerbird> where you can get a goodie bag of unique items delivered to you each month, mini coloring page printables, and other exclusive content. The pledges I receive on Patreon will directly help fund the development of new products and projects!

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    Our new interior design columnist offers these five festively fabulous ways to bring the beauty of the holidays into your home.

    Our design columnist offers five tips for decorating for Christmas.

    Pile on the Plaid

    Use plaid for a classic old school take on Holiday Cheer. Today, plaid is a bit of a maverick pattern with an affluent hipster preppiness. All the cool kids are doing it! Haha! But seriously, it’s everywhere and I’m a fan so piling it up with pillows, throw blankets, comforters, bows, ornaments, table runners, towels etc. Avoid only using one pattern, don’t be afraid to mix and match plaids of varying sizes and scales. The easiest and most budget-friendly way to incorporate plaid into your Christmas is by ribbon.

     

    Merry Mailbox

    This simple Christmas decoration is an easy way to spruce up your front yard for the holiday season. Wrap ribbon loosely around a pine garland and drape the garland around the mailbox, securing with a flexible, thin wire or fishing line where necessary. Add a few artificial berries on each side for a final touch. All season your mailbox will be a classy welcome for guests and the mail deliver will enjoy it too.

    Put Out Christmas Lanterns
    Greet guests in style by arranging a grouping of festive candleholders and lanterns at your entryway for quick and easy holiday style. We love this technique because it is very versatile. Choose lantern sets in elegant shades of gold and deep reds for a more upscale effect. Arrange large, sturdy candles for a warm glow.  Consider using flameless candles as a worry-free alternative to regular pillars.

    Decorate Pendant Lights
    It’s Christmas eve and your guests wander in the kitchen gravitating towards the smell of a special meal or desert. Decorating pendants with garland is perfect when entertaining as the host can be the center of the festivities. Use natural or pre-made garland with pine cones, berries and small branches. Grab a ladder, and dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with festive evergreen garland. Using wire, simply secure the garland to the extended lights.

    Magical String Lights
    String lights work wonders inside the home. They have a secret weapon of sorts because every twinkling strand does something magical. I’m not even sure what it is but it’s an intriguing and captivating statement. And, there are so many ways that you can use them to dress up a place in a modern, chic way. Draping them evenly or casually in a corner of a room. They can create ambient light perfect for those special holiday moments filled with love and family.

    Merry Christmas from Tyson Designs!

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    Sony’s latest Spider–Man adventure brings diversity, depth and action to the family-friendly film world, but is it a worthwhile flick? Read on to see what our critic says.

     

     
    “Man … If there are multiple Iron Men, this is gonna get REALLY confusing!” Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 


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    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Luna Lauren Velez, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Lily Tomlin, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage and John Mulaney 

    DIRECTOR(S): Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

    WEBSITE: http://www.intothespiderverse.movie/

    THE BACK STORY: Ever hear the theory that there are multiple dimensions all existing at the same time? Ever read a Marvel Comic book? If not, the fact that Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore of Dope and The Get Down) – a Brooklyn African-American/Puerto Rican teenager – grows up admiring Spider–Man may not be all that surprising … Until you realize that he, too, like Spider–Man, is bitten by a radioactive Spider right before The Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) is able to do the one thing most super villains haven’t be able to do in any other Spider–Man tale: Kill Peter Parker. 

    Or at least, one version of Peter Parker.

    As it turns out, the Kingpin’s “Super Collider” – which he has designed for a very specific purpose with the help of one female Dr. Octavious (Lily Tomlin) – has opened up a porthole to other dimensions … Which is why Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) ends up arriving on the scene … As does Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider–Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) … And 1930s black-and-white crime fighter Spider–Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) … And Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and her Spider-Robot from the future … As well as Peter Porker, a.k.a. Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Yes, Spider–Ham … Don’t believe me? Look here

    Now, with the Kingpin and his cronies on the loose and a bunch of other radioactively enhanced people in his world, Miles not only has to deal with newfound powers and responsibilities, but a new school and the biggest issue he can’t seem to conquer: the balancing act he has to keep between his police officer father (Brian Tyree Henry) and his less-than-on-the-up-and-up uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali). 

    Needless to say, Miles life – as did the entire world around him – just got a whole lot more complicated than the average teenager these days is likely ready to deal with.

    THE REVIEW: When you’ve got an iconic character that has had no less than six solo live action films (not including his Avengers cameos) with three different lead actors playing him, you’ve already got the deck stacked against you. Throw in the fact that you already had an offshoot film release earlier this year from the Spider–Man catalogue (the critically destroyed but fan accepted Venom) and the odds get even worse. To top it all off, let’s make this film throw in a bunch of characters casual fans are unfamiliar with, one of whom its an anthropomorphic talking pig who just so happens to also have been bitten by a spider and you’ve got all the elements in place to produce one of the biggest disasters in the history of animated/superhero film.

    That’s why the team behind Spider–Man: Into the Spider-Verse deserves any and all awards they may be nominated for – because despite those odds, they have produced not only one of the best Spider–Man movies ever, but one of 2018’s finest releases, period.

    Miles Morales – both in concept and execution as brought to life by the animators and Moore – is a perfect take on a modern teenager. Long before you think of him in any superhero capacity, he is crafted to be relatable on a human level (quite an accomplishment for a cartoon, if you think about it) who’s journey into superhero-hood not only does the legacy of Spider–Men justice, but possibly enhances it as well. Likewise, the family dynamic that has always been essential to the character is fully on display here, as Miles’ desire to be his own person versus taking advantage of all the gifts his parents (and later, that infamous spider) bestow upon him makes for a complex duality in him. It’s not that Miles wants to be a criminal nor is he struggling with being a “goody-goody;” it’s just that he is trying to come into his own as the world around him becomes more and more complicated and complex, which is something people of all ages (and Spider–Man enthusiasts) to which can relate.  Spider–Man’s greatest strength has always been his common man given a great, unexpected gift that he must now use for good mentality; Into the Spider–Verse never loses sight of that ideal and makes that ideal its centerpiece to fantastic effect.

    The supporting players serve up elements that compliment the film well as well, be it the self-assured “women can do anything without having to tell you they can” presence of Gwen Stacy and Peni as portrayed by Steinfeld and Glenn, the “what if Spider–Man wasn’t exactly super away from his super hero duties” Parker Johnson makes his own or the comedic elements both Cage and Mulaney bring to their more outlandish characters … But the family dynamic is the film’s heart and soul, whether it is the relationship between Miles and his family or the new one he finds with his fellow spider-people.

    Throw in a beautifully alive, animated world and a perfect for the movie but now ironically beautiful (and sad since it will be one of his final if not the final cameo) by Stan Lee with a soundtrack that perfectly fits the film’s (and today’s musical) environment and Into the Spider–Verse is just about everything you could want it to be: Familiar yet original, funny yet serious, hip and street smart while remaining smart as well and entertaining yet poignant.

    You can now rest in peace, Mr. Lee along with his former partner Steve Diko … To quote A Tribe Called Quest, “We got it from here. Thanks for your service” – Spider–Man: Into the Spider–Verse makes sure of that.

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     

     

     

     

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