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Black Widow Review

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Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Because I’ve loved Natasha Romanoff’s character since she was introduced in the MCU. Also, that Hopper guy from Stranger Things is in it. 😊

5 of 5

Characters

I felt like the characters were pretty solid. The whole family-ish dynamic was fun, and Natasha’s sister is a hoot.

The bad guys were flat. Oh so flat. Not unexpected for a superhero movie, but a little disappointing.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Spoilers here: Since we all know what happens to Natasha in Endagame, this movie was almost like filler. Nothing super drastic can happen to her in this show, so yes, I cared what happened, but the writers put themselves in a hard spot to keep the tension going.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

I’m pretty tolerant of superhero movie plot holes. This one was, like huge.

The MCU has established that Natasha was trained in some sort of finishing school for super-spy women. We’ve gotten the impression that she took the place down. Spoiler, this isn’t the case.

Fine, good plot device, however, how does the entire world miss a flying city over Russia? And how does the guy in charge have as much power as they say he does in the film and we’ve never even heard of him before.

I’d say that Natasha probably has her finger on the pulse of anything that even smells of the Red Room, which means this simple lack of logic by the writers bugged me.

Also, why have we never heard of the Russian super soldier? Pretty sure that would be a thing.

Too many things introduced that had no logical explanation.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

It wasn’t quite action fatigue, but the film went from 0 to 100 in about three seconds at least six times. Whiplash, that’s what this film gave me.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I love the martial arts, and this movie delivered. I liked the filming as well as the music.

4 of 5

The End

Th end was never in doubt. I have trouble thinking all of those poor black widow spy ladies would be stable, as they portrayed them, but it would be cool if the MCU did something with some of them in the future.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I did enjoy the humor. I loved the pseudo broken family dynamic and how they got put together as a family in the first place. The logic holes were irksome, but other than that, it was fun to watch.

4 of 5

Total: 32

That’s a Brown Belt!


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A Quiet Place Part II Review

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Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Because the first one was awesome and I wanted to see the second one!

5 of 5

Characters

In general I liked the characters. I thought Emily Blunt did a great job. The kids looked properly traumatized, and the guy who helps them was cool. The son, while his acting was awesome, the part where he leaves the baby to go explore upstairs was one of the moments in the film that took me out of the story. They hadn’t played him that stupid up to that point.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes, I did. Although half of the story had me riveted, while the other half (even though it was tense) felt stalled. So that was a bit odd.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, it’s a movie about aliens that can hear a noise from miles away and come running, so I’m pretty lenient with the plot holes. However, the crazy people on the pier should have known better. Give your enemy noise makers? Really?

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Most of the movie is pretty tense, so no yawning. However, it did feel stalled a few times.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

To my disappointment, there was less complete silence in this movie than the first one. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of jump scars that almost made me scream, so that was fun. I still loved it though.

4 of 5

The End

The end was satisfying for me!

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

We’ve been crazy busy for the past eight weeks, so we haven’t been out to see a movie. Just getting out of our house and relaxing was enough for me to give this movie a solid 5. However, I did really like it. Not quite as good as the first one, but good enough that I’d probably watch it again.

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!


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Cover Reveal!

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I’ve been working on a collection of horror stories for a a few weeks. Some have been published before, but a bunch of them are brand new.

I just got the final version of the cover and decided I wanted to share!

Mostly because it’s awesome. 🙂

Behold: Cravings, Creatures, and Curses

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2-Jul-2021

Six weeks of limericks!

That’s right, for the next six weeks I’ll be writing a random limerick for Flash Fiction Friday.

Because I want to.

Week 6

A golem is made out of clay
And not very good at ballet.
They’re sometimes quite sad
Because they smell bad
They cry out in utter dismay.


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