Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
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And so it was. I was on board with "going after the big bad guy" main plot and the family development that ensues. Because from the trailer I knew those were going to be the themes. However, i was pleasantly surprised by the execution. I was expecting a cliched, average Marvel Captain America and the Winter Soldier-like spy-action movie, but in turn i was treated with, well sort of that same thing but with surprisingly more things to offer.
The filmmaking felt different from other marvel spy-action movie. The action sequences were actually trying something other than quick cuts and weight-less jumping (not that there wasn't any, but there are always because it's a superhero movie so what'd you expect?). And the characterisation of not only Natasha but the rest (although slight, enough to be captivating) of the 'main charcters' was engaging enough to keep you wanting to know more about how their stories develop.
Perhaps it was because I went in knowing it wouldn't be a game-changer, that it was going to be just that fun blockbuster action movie with strong female characters and easy quippy jokes. So i went in with a certain mindset that was changed immediately when the opening credits kicked in. I thought 'woah, maybe they will get a bit more mature', because that is sort of how her backstory was introduced as in the first Avengers and followed up in Ultron. This dark past, where she did horrible things she was trying to make amends of. A secret russian assassin school that did horrible things to her and turned her into a weapon, sort of like the darker story with the Winter Soldier program in terms of tone. However, I must say as the story progressed I was beginning to understand they weren't aiming for that sort of story and rather a more heist-like mission impossible action thrill-ride with cliched villains and a happy ending. I just would have liked more of the assassin than the spy angle, more John Wick and Winter Soldier-Russo angle than the action-hero time.
IN CONCLUSION, I truly enjoyed the movie, it was a great popcorn cinema experience. But maybe it's because I haven't seen many new game-changing releases lately so watching a movie that presented those well known tropes and characterizations properly and cohesively made me value this movie higher than it actually is in the great scope of things. It's okay to love this movie, to consider it one of the greatest of Marvel. But we have had already twenty somethings of these and the movies have gotten better with time so seeing how some turn out to be just easy-blockbuster movies, becoming just good movies when they could have been great ones. Marvel should not be afraid of getting creative and risking their franchises. I personally would have loved if Natasha's send-off movie would have been a more bleaker and even dramatic take at Natasha's past just to end the movie with a crescendo of heroism, "blaze of glory"-ending type. Which is and always has been her actual story, she was in a bad bad place, doing bad things until she said 'enough', found her calling at SHIELD, who gave her a second chance and found a family in the Avengers. A group of misfits, just like her, with whom she'd fight the battles others couldn't. I just personally wished the movie was more about Natasha and less about yet another world dominating plot which started and ended here.
- Jul 29, 2021