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Review: 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'/Grade: A

Updated: Jun 6

In this followup to the 2018 smash hit, Miles Morales/Spider-Man is forced to question what being a hero really means, whilst contending with several Spider-People hell-bent on protecting the universe from a new threat.

Got to see this opening day. It was awesome! The size, scale and detail of the animation is quite enveloping, making this a more-than-worthy big screen spectacle. The pacing, stylization, action, and humor were aces across the board. Much like sequels such as The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back, its takes its characters to darker, deeper, and more emotionally complex heights than before. On top of that, the voice work is unanimously top-notch, particularly by Hailee Steinfeld. It's her best work since The Edge of Seventeen (2016). Shameik Moore proves himself more than game for delving into Miles' psyche, navigating his moral journey with grace, nuance, vulnerability and confidence. It's edited super tightly, never letting a scene or story drag and keeping the story humming through each beat. It's just; ugh! This is why we go to the movies during the summertime! What a great way to treat myself after finishing college, and what a thrilling way to kick off my summer movie checklist! @sonyanimation and @marvel, y'all made something really special.

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