The best animated film ever? Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review 

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The most anticipated animated film of the year has finally hit the big screen. After five long years of waiting, fans have been reunited with their favourite Spider-Verse gang.

Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) are faced with a major threat to the multiverse while trying to keep Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac) off of Miles’ back.  

We get learn a lot more about Spider-Gwen’s backstory this time around. We also see a lot more of the alternate universes, Spider-Men, and art styles.

Gwen and Miles appear to co-lead the plotline which creates a fresh storytelling experience. This film explores both character’s lives; Gwen dealing with her father knowing her identity and Miles struggling to balance his life as Spider-Man with his normal life. 

Image Credit: @spiderversemovie on Instagram

It was interesting to see how Miles interacts with his parents now that he has to keep this secret from them. We see him come close to telling them a few times, but we will need to wait on the next instalment in the saga to see if they do ever find out.

The voice actors truly brought this movie to life. They had you rooting for Miles and pitying him when he feels betrayed. Of course, the soundtrack was nothing short of perfection. It fit very well with the style of the film as well as the action scenes. 

The first Spider-Verse film was praised for its animation style (which you can read more about here), as well as its soundtrack. This movie maintained these standards and did not disappoint.

It set out to tell more of Miles’ story and it did just that. Miles has a new big bad to take down, the Spot (Jason Schwartzman), to save the multiverse from destruction.

Miles and Gwen battle The Spot. Image Credit: @spiderversemovie on Instagram

The Spot is an interesting villain, who we discover was a direct result of Miles’ actions in the first film. We learn a lot more about the multiverse in this movie, along with dealing with the shocking plot twists and reveals that come with alternate universes.

Ending on a cliff-hanger was a brave choice, especially with such a gap between the first two films. This sets up several questions for the next release in the Spider-Verse movies, with a nicely done montage showing us what each character is facing moving forward. Even if there is another big wait, fans will stay loyal and certainly show up with enthusiasm to see how everything plays out.  

Image Credit: @spiderversemovie on Instagram

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse could be considered one of the best animated films to ever hit our screens. As always, this Spider-Verse movie was a complete work of art. Filled to the brim with references to everything Spider-Man, it was a complete experience to watch.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is out now, tickets are available here.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Official Trailer

Featured Image Credit: @spiderversemovie on Instagram

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Second year student journalist studying Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Journalism Studies.
Writer for Brig and Discovery Music

Second year student journalist studying Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Journalism Studies.
Writer for Brig and Discovery Music

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