Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ★★★★★

“Nah. I’m gonna do my own thing.”

Reminds me of The Last Jedi in some ways where it’s a movie “about” Spider-Man while also being a movie about Spider-Man. Why he’s so special to us, why the ideals surrounding him are so timeless, and why we keep cheering for him almost a century later. The animation is even more breathtaking when you aren’t being completely overwhelmed in your first time and are able to look at it with eyes that are more ready. It’s throwing so much at you visually and narratively but for me it works enough to overlook the multiverse mumbo jumbo (though this is easily the best it’s ever been.) 

The opening 20 minutes is probably my favorite tone-setter for a blockbuster in a long time. Gwen and her journey are as compelling as Miles and his. Probably not as rewatchable and emotionally charged as is predecessor, but it sets the table for what could be, somehow, the best of the three. Love this movie. Bring on March!

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