Movie Review: 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's dizzying splendor

Five years after "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," the Spider-verse continues to grow in exciting ways.Let's get one thing out of the way right away:

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was the best comic-book film of the last decade.

"Into the Spider-Verse" took a supercollider to all the tropes of the superhero film, with an animation blizzard blown directly in from the pages of comic books.

Solemnity was no longer an option. The concept of a chosen one has also vanished. Spider-Man may be anyone, including a Brooklyn graffiti artist and a pig named Spider-Ham. 

The possibilities for a comic book film were suddenly endless. The vibes were impeccable, as they say, with Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" throbbing in the background.

So much to live up to. Despite this, the Spider-verse is still expanding in exciting ways five years later. 

"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is a rare sequel that outperforms the original. It's a sight to behold. In a dazzling pop-art swirl, colors drop, invert, and spatter.

If "Into the Spider-Verse" relished in the mind-bending collision of realms, "Across the Spider-Verse" cranks up the multiverse mixer by a factor of ten.