Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie review - Aussieboyreviews


If you enjoyed its animated predecessor, this extremely stylish, very entertaining and longer sequel is worth getting excited for. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is a family-friendly treat for both young and old superhero/comic book fans.


Miles Morales is catapulted across the Multiverse after reuniting with Gwen Stacy, where he finds a team of heroic Spider-people charged with protecting its existence. However, the superheroes end up clashing on how to defeat a new and very powerful villain, forcing Miles to redefine what it truly means to be a superhero and save his loved ones in the process.

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Movie details

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Kaluuya, Mahershala Ali
Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dave Callaham
Release Date (Australia): 1 June 2023
Runtime: 140 minutes/2h 20m
Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film is mainly concerned with science fiction and fantasy themes, as well as themes relating to family disputes, perilous situations and sustained sense of threat.

Violence (PG)

The film contains animated sequences featuring close-ups of punches, kicks, fight scenes and the use of fantasy powers. The film also features depictions of bloody cuts and bruising detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes use of words such as “ass”, “crap”, “hell” and “damn”.

Drug Use (G)

A brief verbal reference is made to “selling drugs”.

Sex (G)

The film includes very mild sexual references and innuendo.

mpaa rating

PG (for sequences of animated action violence, some language and thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A comic-book superhero movie like Across the Spider-Verse will be a blast on the big screen if you’re hungry for an animated spectacle, but not all visual treats tell pacy stories that are able to keep up. Don’t get it wrong; that’s not to say that the film doesn’t have a plot with a clear amount of ideas and effort in it, especially with the parental themes. Just don’t expect as much fun and excitement as you saw in the predecessor, so you’ll come out feeling pretty satisfactory about it, or you might still even be pleasantly surprised. It’s all subjective, and that’s always to keep in mind.

The real problem that takes place within some films like Across the Spider-Verse, and note that this is completely varied across different opinions, but it’s that their runtimes overstay their welcomes and yet still are very incomplete movies with draggy sections. Some moviegoers will be captivated by the animation alone, but there are so many scenes that could’ve been cut without affecting the story. It’s understandable that most action movies need those slower scenes to give the audience time to breathe (slow scenes are not the equivalent of dialogue scenes), but this movie just has too much breathing time to offer.

The major presence of this common flaw that isn’t limited to just the action movie genre is really the film’s only issue. In reality, a lot of people who found the film to be boring might still agree that the story was completely worthy. The voice performances are somewhere in between greater and usual for animated movie standards, and the writing is also very good. As said though, a reason this overrated movie receives big numbers is the animation. What hasn’t been said and what haven’t you heard? It’s a beautiful combination of traditional 2D animation and 3D computer work.

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