‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ Review

Swing into one of the best animated movies of my life-time. The Spider-Verse Universe continues to impress, providing us with one heck of a sequel.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) - IMDb

Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.

This movie truly has it all. The pitch-perfect Spider-Man movie that asks a ton of questions and has so much heart. Save one life or save a million? Known as a “cannon” event, sometimes in order to become the person you’re intended to be, something truly awful needs to happen to you. These sorts of events happen all the time to heroes and especially the vast array of Spider-People we meet in this movie. So when Miles finally enters the multiverse and realizes that not only was becoming Spider-Man one of the biggest blunders in the multiverse but a cannon event is heading straight for his life, it’s up to him and him only to try and save something precious to him.

I wasn’t to impressed when the first trailer for Into The Spider-Verse dropped, in fact, I remember not thinking it looked good at all. Wasn’t even sold on the animation, boy was I wrong. Since then, just two of my favourite animated movies ever have come out and a third movie that is so highly anticipated, I’m counting down the days now. You can always get away with so much more with animation, take bigger risks and this movie spares no expense. Literally every single frame is a work of art. You’re constantly looking around at the screen in amazement, seeing things we just haven’t seen in animation before. Throw in an unbelievable story, world class voice acting (way too many people to name) and a booming and robust soundtrack. The end result is one of the very best animation has to offer.

Hordes of Spider-Men/ Spider-Women are swinging around this time, too many to count in fact, and it was so cool to see all the different variants interact and find out why Miles is so important and different then the rest. The leader of it all Miguel O’ Hara (Oscar Isaac) loves order and discipline and leads a team of heroes to sort out the multiverse and keep things in check. When things start to unravel, we actually don’t know if Miguel is friend or foe. What we do know is Miles cares about his friends but more importantly his family and no amount of Spider-People will stand in his way.

It’s hard to talk about the movie without giving away anything and this is a movie you just want to experience on the biggest screen possible. I will say that the ending had me shook and I usually see things coming but I didn’t see this ending happening. So clever and just ends on the best cliff hanger since Infinity War. Tons of cameos, surprises and never before seen Spider-Man stuff. Gwen Stacy has a lot of do this time around, it’s just as much about her as it is about Miles and I thought her story arc and progression was one of the strongest elements of the whole thing.

The third and final entry arrives within a year (hopefully) and the team behind these movies are on track to have one of the strongest and fulfilling trilogies of all time. I simply can’t wait to see how this all ends.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse = 94/100

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