Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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

That was spectacular. Kinetic with quiet spaces for the emotional bits; complex without making the answers easy. There’s a late scene where someone makes an emotional speech, and it would have been easy to just have it be convincing, but nah: the desired outcome requires a sacrifice, as the movie has been telling us all along.

The necessity of sacrifice is the core of the movie. This is an incomplete review, because the final installment is going to have to square that circle and I don’t think either side of the argument is correct. There’s a way through the dilemma, maybe, but I have no idea if Miller and Lord will take it.

Regardless, we’re going to have gotten animation like this and cultural joy like this. That’s not nothing. We also got something I never would have imagined, because this is as much a Spider-Gwen story as a Miles Morales story. How likely was that? How good was that?

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