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Marvel's Black Widow Review - More of the Same

If today's cinema world was a closet and you pull something out of it, you'd find yourself a superhero costume 70 percent of the times. Marvel's Black Widow is just another pretty looking and flashy costume, with little to no design modifications. Nonetheless, its an entertaining film and here's our verdict.  Film  – Marvel's Black Widow (2021) Duration  – 2h 14 m Director  – Cate Shortland Main Cast - Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour Rating  – 3 / 5 (It's a spoiler-free review) Black Widow acts as a fitting tribute to MCU's fan-favorite character but at the same time it is just more of the same stuff we see in a superhero flick. For one thing this film is about 5 years too late and for another, it doesn't really do anything for Black Widow's character or MCU as a whole. In my opinion it was just a cheap trick to encash the fans' emotions after losing her in Avengers: Endgame. Well, its not a bad film

Revisit - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Image result for mad max fury road posterFilm – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 

Duration – 2h

Director – George Miller

Main Cast - Tom Hardy, Charlie Theron, Nicholas Hoults, Hugh Keays-Bryne

Rating – 4 / 5

Some movies are made purely for entertainment purposes and are full of jaw-dropping and cinematic moments. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is one of those movies which is low on substance but overcompensates in its story telling technique. Director George Miller brings us a high-octane thrill ride where just like its main character Max, audience too is never at rest and is left wanting for more. The director tries to bring forward a harsh world set in a dystopian future which is somewhat a mirror to our very own world or what it could become if everyone is reduced to a single instinct which is survival, just as Tom Hardy’s Max said in the opening of the film.

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(Image: © Roadshow Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mad Max: Fury Road is a technical triumph. From brilliant cinematography to flawless editing, this movie has all what is required from an action blockbuster and more. The cinematographer of the film John Seale deserves a special applause for providing a wholesome variety of camera angle and movements in his shots which made the movie a visual delight. There is one specific shot where it looks like a sand dune but turns out to be Max’ head covered in sand. Such creative shots are what make this movie stand out as the viewers experience an awe factor while watching them unfold on screen.

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Creative Shots
(Image: © Roadshow Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures)

Another praise-worthy element is the editing of the film done by Margaret Sixel who later went on to win an academy award for the same. Maintaining the continuity of such an action thriller is always a very tough task but the editing was almost flawless. The colour grading of the film is so appropriate and at time so overwhelming that one is almost transported to this fictional world while watching the film. Apart from this the reduced frame rate during majority of the movie made many sequences clumsy which is good in this case because the movie is all about displaying that how crazy and chaotic dystopian society could be. It adds to the viewing experience as the audiences can actually feel what the characters must be feeling. But for making the audiences relate to the characters so well, majority of the credit goes to the lead cast of the film.

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Absolutely brilliant color grading and VFX
(Image: © Roadshow Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures)

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(Image: © Roadshow Pictures/ WB Pictures)
Tom Hardy’s hollow and desperate Max, Charlie Theron’s hopeful Furiosa and Nicholas Hoults’ misguided Nux are the three core characters of the film. Each of them receive significant character developments throughout the movie and in the end find the right paths for their respective future which are satisfying for the audience as well. Hugh Keays-Bryne’s Immortan Joe is another important element of the film as his character was a true interpretation of the tyrants which everyone fears may take over the functioning of the world someday. All of them played their characters with so much dedication and realism that it sold every single scene of the film.

Apart from all this, the soundtrack of the film was appropriate as well and added the element of thrill to it. Choosing hard rock with over usage of electric guitar was totally what the film demanded which justified both, the craziness which plot wanted to display as well the action thriller genre of the film.

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of a kind dystopian future based action film which has the ability to leave the audience spellbound and fuel adrenaline throughout their bodies without compromising with its unique plot and realism.


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