So, 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Rules.
“Okay,” says Gwen Stacy at the tippity-top of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. “Let’s do it a little different this time.”
Challenge accepted, as Phil Lord and Chris Miller use the remainder of their generous runtime to meet and even exceed the insane bar set by the first entry in their animated spider-franchise. Oh my god! The dynamite opening sequence swaps the jittery benday dotted texture of Miles Morales’ universe from the first installment for Gwen’s universe, which is awash in pink and purple watercolors that shift, run, speckle and sometimes blur into stark voids with along her moods, fully immersing viewers in the tumultuous interior life of a teen girl. It is the first of countless — and I do mean countless — visual marvels that marry animation and storytelling to create something unlike anything you have ever seen.
I just loved this movie. Man, oh, man.
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