Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Review: A New Standard for Comic-Book Movies


Casting its web into the farthest corners of the multiverse, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” again swings triumphantly onto screens with its imaginative and innovative storytelling. This sequel to 2018’s critically acclaimed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” doesn’t just follow in its predecessor’s footsteps; it leaps, tumbles, and somersaults to dizzying new heights.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Review

A visually intoxicating spectacle, the film’s aesthetic unpredictability leaves the audience spellbound. It rips through dimensions of visual design, painting a rich and eclectic tapestry akin to a kinetic voyage through a modern art museum on a psychedelic trip. The imagery isn’t just beautifully chaotic but layered with meaning, drawing inspiration from comic book styles of different eras, making the old feel fresh and riveting.

In terms of narrative, our hero Miles Morales, now confidently holding the mantle of Spider-Man at 15, grapples with his dual life as a teenager and crime-fighter. The family drama takes a backseat when a new villain, The Spot, enters the scene seeking revenge, introducing elements of risk that keep the audience on their toes. However, while these plot points add to the tension, they might feel somewhat conventional and overshadowed by the visual extravaganza.

Miles’ journey through alternate dimensions is an absolute treat, each boasting a unique Spider-Man variant – from a rockstar-like Spider-Man India to an expectant Spider-Woman, and a punk rocker Spider-Man. The narrative blends surreal humor and compelling drama, introducing a complex universe where even the mythos of Spider-Man is challenged.

Comparatively, “Across the Spider-Verse” outshines its predecessor by amping up the visual frenzy and complex storytelling, demonstrating the advantage of animation as it channels the true spirit of its comic books creation. While the live-action films offer their own charm, “Across the Spider-Verse” sets itself apart with its bold, colorful, and out-of-the-box execution.

On the downside, the film’s dizzying pace and visual bombardment might feel overwhelming for some, and the narrative may feel somewhat secondary to the aesthetic spectacle. Furthermore, the decision to conclude the film on a cliffhanger might be a point of contention, leaving audiences waiting for nearly a year for the next installment.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is an artistic triumph, a visual symphony that twists and bends the norms of the comic-book genre. It has furthered the story of Miles Morales in the most compelling and spectacular way, promising an exciting future for the series. Though it may have a few misses in narrative execution, it more than compensates with its boundary-pushing style and energy. “Across the Spider-Verse” promises a cinematic journey that’s as much an exploration of quantum physics as it is a heart-thumping, eye-popping, comic-book extravaganza.

RATING: 5.0 out of 5.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is in theaters on June 2nd.

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  1. June 6, 2023

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