SPI­DER-MAN: INTO THE SPI­DER-VERSE

(PG)

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★★★★★

ONE web-sling­ing saviour is ev­i­dently in­suf­fi­cient be­cause this daz­zling com­put­eran­i­mated ad­ven­ture in­tro­duces a menagerie of gifted spi­der-folks.

Brook­lyn teenager Miles Mo­rales (voiced by Shameik Moore) en­rols in a board­ing school. He spends time with his un­cle Aaron (Ma­her­shala Ali), who in­dulges Miles’s passion for street art by ven­tur­ing into the sew­ers be­neath New York City to spray paint a mu­ral.

A ra­dioac­tive spi­der bites Miles’s hand, im­bu­ing him with in­cred­i­ble pow­ers. Miles dis­cov­ers he has in­her­ited the same abil­i­ties as Spi­der-Man (Chris Pine), who died at the hands of crime lord Wil­son Fisk (Liev Schreiber).

The king­pin is con­duct­ing ex­per­i­ments, which dis­rupt the space-time con­tin­uum.

Con­se­quently, a washed-up Peter B Parker (Jake John­son), Spi­der-Gwen (Hailee Ste­in­feld), Spi­derHam (John Mu­laney), brood­ing Spi­der-Noir (Ni­co­las Cage) and in­ven­tor school­girl Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) ma­te­ri­alise in Miles’ bed­room.

They join forces to take on vil­lains in­clud­ing Green Goblin (Jorma Tac­cone) and Doc­tor Oc­to­pus (Kathryn Hahn).

This is an imag­i­na­tive and fre­quently ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pan­sion of fa­mil­iar mythol­ogy with lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture spin-offs. Joc­u­lar­ity is bal­anced with mo­ments of an­guished soul-search­ing, all cal­i­brated to in­spire au­di­ences to swing to the same dizzy heights as Miles.

Cos­tume drama: Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore)

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