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  • Writer's pictureRob Ervin

Don Reviews "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse"

If I had to rank it, my favorite superhero is Spider-Man. From the outfit to his powers and web-slinging, He has always been one I enjoyed reading about and watching. Around this same time there was a show called The Smurfs, and while it was interesting and I did watch them, they were not one of my favorites. If all of this seems confusing, stay with me…

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is finally here, and is directed by the trio of Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is about to graduate high school and is dealing with balancing his life while trying to be the best Spider-Man he can be as he deals with a new villain named The Spot (Jason Schwartzman). Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) shows back up in his life, and Miles finds out that she is part of a team trying to stop The Spot after he starts to break down the Multiverse as Miles finds himself involved with multiple versions of his world again.

I am honestly not a huge fan of animated superhero films, but I also do not hate them. With Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, I really did not care for the constant changing comic book style of animation used that in some cases reminded me of street art. While this is something a bit different, it just wasn’t for me. My biggest gripe of the film is simply that IT IS TOO LONG!!!!!! Let me say that again: it is TOO LONG AT TWO HOURS AND TWENTY MINUTES!!!! There is an easy thirty minutes that could have been taken out here and it would have been the same film for me. The main storyline takes too long to get to and the sub-plots felt like they were padded for the sake of time. I was trying to really follow the plot, but for someone like me who does not have the “Greek Cred”, some of it just got to be too much to try to follow. This was definitely illustrated by the sheer number of Spiderman characters from the different realms represented. With the handful of them that were used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse¸ I thought it was cute, but in this film, it got to the point that there were so many it could challenge the number of characters seen in The Smurfs. (By the way, per Wikipedia there are one hundred different Smurfs.)

Don’t get me wrong here: I didn’t completely dislike this film. The script really works the emotional angles as well as giving a good understanding of the relationships between the characters in a way that a LOT of superhero films I have seen have not. I truly started to feel for Miles and what he is going through as he dealt with his family as well as the struggles of being a superhero and older teen. Even with this, the thing I liked the most here is the use of music in both the score and soundtrack which upped the emotions and moods as the film went on, and I liked it so much I may actually get a copy of the soundtrack for myself. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is not a film that I would see again, but I would recommend it to others to be seen as a matinee showing to get the most for your money.

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