Your Next Viewing: Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW
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What makes a family? No, don’t roll your eyes at me; I am not about to delve into any of those Dom memes (though it would be fitting for this movie). I was lucky enough to go see Black Widow last night in a theater with a small group of friends and while the movie is full of backstory, giggles, and action, there is the underlying theme of family.
If you’ve been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, then you’ve only known Black Widow as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and an Avenger. We first met her in Iron Man 2 and in the films that followed have heard little of her past, bits she and Barton have reminisced about during fight scenes, snippets she shared with Banner as they were bonding.
Black Widow begins way back in 1995 when Natasha was only twelve. The film starts slowly because there is a lot of her past to set up. I think that was part of the downside of this movie: it had way too much to explain so the pacing felt a lot slower than your usual Marvel adventure. Or maybe I am just too used to the fast-pace weekly chunks I’ve been enjoying thanks to the latest shows. Anyway, after we learn about what happened in 1995, we jump ahead to see what happened to Romanoff after the events of Civil War. Here is where things start to pick up.
I won’t go into spoilers, but I will tell you that after Natasha goes on the run she gets into her own adventure which takes her back to the people we met in the beginning of the film. What follows is family drama, the usual Marvel quirky banter to help balance any moments that get too intense, and more action. There is even a mention of … wait for it… Budapest! Yes!
While it did feel different from previous Marvel films, I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. My viewing mates did not completely agree; two of them said it was too much dialogue and not enough action, but as I said before, there was a lot of information that viewers needed in order to understand this chunk of Black Widow’s tale. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to add it into my Marvel re-watch rotation once it is available to stream at home.
But don’t take my word for it; go see for yourself and hit me up and let me know what you think of Black Widow. And don’t forget to stay until after the credits!
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