Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse: The Gang is Back!
BY ABIGAIL BELL
Miles Morales (L) and Spot, played by Shameik Moore and Jason Schwartzman.
When a movie opens with an epic drum solo, there is serious potential for an epic movie. I was immediately pulled in by the voice over narrative, pumping music, and vibrant colors.
Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) and the spider-crew return in the next part of the
Spider-verse adventure, “Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse”, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. I entered the movie theater not knowing what to expect and came out refreshed from a great movie that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The movie picked up with Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) and launched the audience into
another facet of the spider-verse. Our hero, the ever humorous Miles, has his picture-perfect life disrupted by a new villain and growing tension between him and his parents. His world is turned upside down once again by the multiverse and messes that weren’t quite cleaned up, which ultimately leads to a danger greater than he first thought.
Through the superhero antics, there is an underlying motif of navigating family relationships.
Gwen and Miles demonstrate the complicated dynamics between parents and kids growing up to become their own people. It was refreshing to see the wholesome family dynamics that
underlined the movie.
The production quality of the movie was spectacular from the animation to the music. Thecomic-book-like animation launched me into another world full of vibrant color, fun text-boxes,connections between color and emotion, and art to match different time eras.
Miles Morales (L) and Gwen Stacy, played by Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld.
The soundtrack, composed by Daniel Pemberton who is known for composing music for “The Trial of the Chigaco 7” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”, exceeded my expectations. The music matched the superhero theme and the beat had me tapping my foot along. The soundtrack was a unique take on action movie music. The variety of music helped to set the mood and motivated me to play the soundtrack on repeat.
The movie was dramatic, as can be expected of teenage superheroes facing the multiverse’s
biggest threat, with intense life or death situations every ten minutes. Although I didn’t want the movie to end, several climactic scenes tricked me into thinking the movie was ending, but there was more!
I liked this movie immensely and give it four out of five stars. The drama, danger, and
characteristic spiderman humor of this adventure will leave you begging for the crew to come