The Best Spider-Man Yet? Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review

The Miles Morales sequel, is swinging into theaters June 2nd. The animated sequel builds on the first movie and dare I say, gets even better. To read my full Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie review, and for more details on whether the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is scary for kids, read my other post. But this one is all about what my kids thought.

I brought my three kids with me to a screening of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. My 12 year old daughter Jayda, and my 10-year-old son Ty who both love the first movie. My 4-year-old daughter Lee Lee loves the original but stayed home for the screening. We may take her this weekend. But we are still debating because of some of the content.

Miles Morales and Spider Gwen sit perched upside down in New York City. Miles Morales swings with some web shooting out of his hand, in a colorful background. Is the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie scary for kids? This spoiler-free parent review should help you decide.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review
Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

We’ve seen all of the Marvel movies and Spider-Man movies and this is the latest one in the lineup. After we watch a movie at a theater or for family movie night, we like to jot down some of our thoughts in a movie rating log and give them an honest review. Immediately after the movie we had some mixed reviews. Jayda and I LOVED it. Ty, surprisingly (or unsurprisingly once you see why) did not have a lot of nice things to say right after the movie. Without spoiling any details of the plot here’s why, and a BIG tidbit I think parents should know about this movie going in.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse: Part One

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse was originally titled “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part 1” with Part 2 set to release in 2024. Now Part 2 is titled “Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse” and its release date is currently set for March 2024.

If your kids aren’t fans of cliffhangers it might help to give them a little warning that this is part one of the story.

So keep that in mind as you read his thoughts. I decided to keep this note separate from my parent review because of this minor spoiler (I don’t think it’s really a spoiler but my husband thinks it could be).

The following is a spoiler-free Q&A review with my kids sharing what they thought of this movie.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse movie review: What my kids thought

What did you think of the movie?

Jayda: I think it is really good. 

Ty: Bad, but still way better than The Little Mermaid. It was good at first. 

Why did you think it was bad?

Ty: CLIFFHANGER. I’m happy there’s going to be another one. I hope the next one is way better than this one and the first one. 

Why did you like it?

Jayda: I thought it was really really funny. And it had a lot of cool parts. 

What was the funniest part to you? 

Jayda: Too many to count. 

Ty: There were a lot of funny parts. When Miles was imagining telling his parents. 

Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse movie review
Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) take on The Spot (Jason Schwartzman) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Would you recommend it to your friends? 

Jayda: Yes. Because I thought it was really good, and I think they would agree. 

Ty: I don’t think they would like it, even if they saw the first one.

What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?

Jayda: Your family should love you no matter what. You can tell them anything.  

Ty: When you’re grounded and you walk away, then you get grounded more. 

Who was your favorite character?

Jayda: Gwen! Or Miles. 

Ty: Miles Morales. 

Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse movie review
Jessica Drew (Issa Rae), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) and his daughter Mayday in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’ SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Who would you recommend this movie to? 

Jayda: People who like Spider-Man or like funny movies, because it was both. 

Ty: Mom. Because you said you liked it SO much. 

Do you think it’s for older kids? 

Jayda: The only reason I would say it’s for older kids is maybe because it’s a hard plot to process and understand cause it’s kind of confusing. But if younger kids like it and want to see it I think they can. There’s just a cliffhanger and they might get mad. 

Ty: Older kids. Because there were two bad words. 

Did you think it was scary?

Jayda: Not really. It depends what kids are scared of. I don’t think something looks scary or that it’s very violent. But maybe some kids would think some parts are scary. 

Ty: No. 

Would you want to watch it again? 

Jayda: Yes. I want to. 

Ty: Yes. 

How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently? 

Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse movie review
Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Jayda: I liked this a little more than The Little Mermaid. I like it way more than Mario. I like it more than all of the movies we’ve seen this year. 

Ty: Oh Little Mermaid… This blows it out of the water. I liked this more than Mario. Shazam 2 was better, I liked this more than Ant Man, but Ant Man was good. Creed III was barely better than this. Shazam 2 is probably my favorite movie this year. 

Do you think people should see Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse before they see this one?

Jayda: Yes. Because the first one is a really good movie and you should watch it again. 

Ty: Oh yes. That’s an easy question. 

How do you compare this to the first Spider-Verse movie?

Jayda: I’d give them both the same star rating but if I had to choose, maybe this one a little bit more. 

Ty: Ooooh. I think the first Spider-Verse movie is barely better. I liked No Way Home is my second favorite movie. 

What was your favorite part of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse? 

Jayda: A lot of the funny parts. 

Ty: I like when he was first with Spot at the store. 

How many stars would you give Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse out of 5?

Jayda: 4.5 or 5 stars .

Ty: 4, barely. 

Is it worth going to the movies to see?

Jayda: Yes. Even more than once. 

Ty: No. You need to watch it at home to see all of the funny parts and rewind it.

The best age forSpider-Man:Across the Spider-Verse largely depends on your child and their attention span. My parent review might help you decide if you want to take your little ones.

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