SPIDER-MAN ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE – Review by T.J. Callahan

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Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse: Being Spider-Man is a sacrifice.

The second installment of the animated version of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is finally here. While it’s critically acclaimed predecessor (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) spun a creative web of delight for fans, this comic book coupler has set new heights in CGI that make it a must see on the big screen. With all the attention to visuals though, the story suffers in the second act, but that gives us boomers time to relax and regroup for more integral action. Here’s Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse from A to Z:

    A Amazing Animation
    B Bad things are going to happen
    C Character Driven
    D Deep Decisions
    E Easter Eggs
    F Fulfilling
    G Great Graphics
    H Heroic
    I It’s all possible
    J Judgmental
    K Kaleidoscopic
    L Live the life we wish
    M Multitude of Spider-People
    N Noir-ish
    O Open-ended
    P Portals and Parenting Pitfalls
    Q Quality
    R Rapid-fire
    S Sensory Overload
    T Tangled
    U Unique
    V Visually Impressive
    W Wildly Inventive
    X X Factor
    Y Yearnful
    Z Zippy

You don’t need to have seen Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse to understand Across because there is a nice recap and a detailed enough explanation of characters and events at the beginning to fill the audience in and grab our attention. As with all Marvel movies, there’s plenty of humor, family values and heart as the arachnid avengers travel through six dimensions and then leave us hanging… but not for too long. The webmasters will be slinging out a third feature, Spider-Man Beyond the Spider-Verse, set for March 2024.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse gets a 10 for looks and action, but a 6 for story. My husband Ricky gives it one and a half 👀s open.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.