Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
140 min|Animation, Action, Adventure|02 Jun 2023
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 378,518 usersMetascore: 86
Miles Morales catapults across the multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a ...

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is one of the films fans have eagerly awaited following the success of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018). Directed by a trio of filmmakers—Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson—with a budget of USD 100 million, the film still features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Karan Soni, Daniel Kaluuya, and Oscar Isaac. So, how does this film compare to the first one?

Set in the aftermath of the multiverse events, Miles Morales (Moore) finds himself caught up in the routine of helping the citizens of New York City, which keeps him distant from his parents. Meanwhile, The Spot (Schwartzman), a supervillain capable of opening “space” portals, starts causing trouble, and it doesn’t take long for Miles to defeat him. However, this inadvertently unleashes The Spot’s potential to traverse the multiverse easily. Gwen (Steinfeld) from another alternate universe pays a surprising visit to Miles. Later, Miles discovers that Gwen is now a member of the Guardians of the Multiverse (Spider-community) led by Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. Miles is reluctantly drawn into the multiverse crisis orchestrated by The Spot.

Since the first installment, the Spider-Verse series has been a visually stunning spectacle. While I am not a fan of the comic, emphasizing the film’s story is something that resonates with me. The multiverse concept, packaged in stunning visuals, has never been a problem for me. However, one aspect that remained unanswered in the first film is addressed in the sequel, making it a significant differentiator.

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Miles and Gwen now have more screen time, and their chemistry is more intimate. The same applies to their relationships with their parents, creating more emotional depth. However, Miles and Gwen face challenges beyond these familial connections.

They encounter life-and-death situations that jeopardize the fate of the entire universe. Miles’ relationships with Gwen and his old associates are also strained. As a teenager, Miles grapples with a colossal problem that he must face alone. His biggest challenge becomes himself, adding a level of story depth not present before. It’s a rigorous physical and mental test, which unfortunately, we must patiently wait for the next story to unfold. This is the only weakness in “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”

The colorful and energetic visual achievements of the previous film are all present in this sequel. A dynamic blend of fast editing and music accompanies each scene. We visit several alternative universes with different nuances, including Venom (pssst… this is not a spoiler). For comic fans, the film directly references the comics in many scenes, introducing new and eccentric Spider-Man characters, from Spider-Man India to Spider-Man Punk. The film is teeming with tens, even hundreds, of Spider-Man characters, making it a potential delight for comic enthusiasts.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is a rare achievement that surpasses the first installment through its energetic visual packaging and the addition of a touching side of drama amid the chaos of the multiverse. While it provides complete entertainment for true film fans, it may not be suitable for ordinary audiences, especially children. Understanding the plot concept requires a strong insight into the current trending multiverse. The multiverse is a complex and absurd story concept that cannot be grasped through just one or two films. This concept is like a double-edged sword that can either enhance or hinder the plot. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” uses it wisely and classily. Does it guarantee an Oscar for the animation category? It certainly feels so. Let’s be patient while waiting for “Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.”

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


  1. Yang ini durasinya lama tapi konten ceritanya ditipisin. Yang bikin lama adalah action-action di paruh pertama, fan service, dan subplot basa-basi di universenya Miles. Film kelar sebelum aksi terjadi juga bikin nanggung & geregetan. 8/10.


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