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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review – Dazzling sequel continues to push the boundaries of animation

When it hit theaters in 2018, Spiderman: Step into the spider verse is a radioactive spider bite in Hollywood’s throat. It shatters the argument that superhero movies have to choose between comedy and tragedy; it shows how easily the gap can be bridged between what lives in the pages of comics and what is possible on screen; and it proved that mainstream animation shouldn’t be forced to live in the shadow of Disney’s fairy-tale castle.

its tracking, Through Spider-Verse, is another lesson taught by the most amazing teacher you will ever meet. DC, MCU… here’s how you do both the sequel and the multiverse plot without breaking a sweat. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), the only Spider-Man in his world and a mainstay in the comics since 2011, discovers that all of his space-faring mischief from the previous film has begun to dismantle the fragile web of reality. Join Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), an absolute spider-man from the futuristic dimension, with a Type A personality and no sense of fun. He took it upon himself to start correcting the irregularities. And poor Miles was nothing but a thorn in his eye.

Through Spider-Verse, like its predecessor, sees its multiverse premise as a real creative challenge. There are cameos, antics, and visual references that draw from every nook and cranny of Spidey culture. It sprints right on the edge of visual overload but never crosses it, thanks to the light-heartedness of the trio of directors, Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K Thompson, and the screenwriters. its, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham. I dare say this is how fan service should be done. It’s much easier to ignore the usual nostalgic indulgence when it gives way to real creativity.

Into the spider verseIts comic style – with its split-screen tiles, crosshairs and Ben-Day dots – has since been replicated on the rest of mainstream animation (see Feb. The Cat Goes Out: The Last Wish). Through Spider-Verse redefine its own legacy. What’s revolutionary about this franchise is not that it creates a new look, but that it dares to push the boundaries of what is possible. As we visit new dimensions, the film recreates its own appearance. The most prominent of these is the home world of Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man and Miles’ best friend. Gwen lives in an impressionist pink, purple and blue place where the environment changes with the emotions of the characters and sometimes seems to adopt the abstract designs of Swedish artist Hilma af. Klint.

Mumbai, where we meet Spider-Man India (Karan Soni), introduces a subtle palette of primary colors taken directly from the country’s popular art history; Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya) is all a collage of Sex Pistols. For a genre staunchly asserting its own seriousness, the most compelling argument against the idea of ​​how random a “comic movie not a movie” can be. Through Spider-Verse integrates itself into the broader cultural landscape. There’s even a pop-up at Jeff Koons, however you can feel about it.

The film is part one of two, with its story ending next year. Beyond the Spider-Verse. Admittedly its climax was overdone for spoilers, a bit overkill when it comes to cut-outs of serious-looking spider-man characters while Daniel Pemberton’s pulsating score hits the mark. to a set of increasingly escalating climaxes. But Spider-Verse has earned the right to boast a little. Of all the multiverses, this is the easiest way to root.

Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson. Actors: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Oscar Isaac. PG, 140 minutes.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ hits theaters on June 2


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