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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

Must Watch Alert! Learn How to Stop Doomsday With The Umbrella Academy S02!

7 super-powered idiots, 2 timelines, 2 Doomsdays and a lots of fun! Well, according to me, Umbrella Academy Season 2 is one of the best things of Netflix right now. Although I personally adored season 1, it did have certain issues and the new season tries its best to cure them. So without any further ado, let's begin!

Series - Netflix' The Umbrella Academy Season 2 (2020)

Episodes - 10

Program Creator - Steve Blackman

Main Cast - Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Aidan Gallanger, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Justin H. Min and Kate Walsh 

Rating - 4 / 5

Best Episodes - 9th "743" and 10th "The End of Something"

First of all, isn't it witty on Netflix' part to release Umbrella Academy during monsoon eh? I mean, it was raining outside while I was binging it and that felt kinda cool. No? Ok sorry, lets get to the review. 

In the absence of any significant big budget Marvel or DC film to go nuts over, Umbrella Academy Season 2 serves as an excellent appetizer. In my humble opinion, the show is as good as superhero comic book stuff has ever been. The basic plot of the show might seem quite cliché, that is, a bunch of super powered misfits trying to stop a doomsday event, while also tackling personal problems and team work issues. That is literally the plot of almost every superhero thing out there, but the way story unfolds and the execution is what separates Umbrella Academy from the rest. 

Netflix's answer to X-Men just became really, really good - CNET
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Major Spoilers for Season 1 follow, read at your own risk from this point on!

The Season 1 of the popular Netflix show saw our heroes failing to stop the Doomsday event when Vanya Hargeeves (White Violin / Number 7) went full phoenix mode and blew up the moon and Earth along with it. As one final attempt to save the world, Number Five traveled to the past, along with all his siblings to buy more time. Now, as expected things didn't quite work the easy way out as they all landed in different years of the same timeline. Obviously, they had to create new set of personal life problems for the siblings; otherwise where would all the drama, stretching throughout 10 episodes, come from? And this was a major issue in season 1, THE DRAMA and it still remains an issue in season 2 but not as much. 

Umbrella Academy Theory: Why Five's Time Traveling Turned Him Back ...
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Apart from feeling sluggish at times and making the audience a bit impatient, I had no issues from this season. I was mind blown by the production value of the show, which feels no less than the biggest superhero flicks, we pay tons of money to watch on the big screen. Just like season 1, it has amazing CGI and an cool production design. 60's does feel like 60's but the approach to that timeline feels very conventional, thanks to that brilliant sound mixing and flawless editing! Apart from that, issues like racism and homophobia during the 60's also add to the overall vibes of the season. 

All The Songs On 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Soundtrack
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Much like Season 1, this season too focuses the most on Five and Vanya but there was a significant increase in the screen-time for Diego (Number 2), Allison (Number 3) and our poor ghost, Ben (Number 6). Obviously it came with a decrease in the screen-time for Klaus (Number 4) who was MVP of season 1 for me and Luther (Number 1). MVP of this season, without doubt, goes to Number Five portrayed exceptionally by Aidan Gallanger. Though Ellen Page (Vanya) and Tom Hopper (Luther) are supposed to be the heavy hitters among the cast ensemble but for me, Aiden Gallanger and Robert Sheehan (Klaus) shine the brightest performance wise. Apart form the performance, my character ranking for the Umbrella Academy based on the arcs and cool moments would go like Five > Klaus > Vanya > Diego > Ben > Allison > Luther (Sorry bro, no hard feelings).

Netflix's The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 Review - IGN
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If there is one thing I would like to appreciate a lot about this season, it would be the action! Insane choreography, certain super-hyping CGI moments with excellent camerawork and editing made up for some of the best action that could be found on the small screen. Not to mention, just like season 1, the action is a gory and not suitable for children. But it is so much fun, especially because of the cool and upbeat background music. Throughout the season, Diego and Five have some of the coolest hand to hand fight sequences I have seen in a while. I have one word for the final showdown of the season i.e. EPIC. It showcases a lots of guns, martial arts, sonic blasts, people flying, teleportation, dodging bullets and what not!

Why Umbrella Academy Season 2's Shorter Episodes Made the Show ...
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Another thing that I love about Umbrella Academy is how weird it is. Season 1 had a talking chimpanzee, a humanoid robot, a ghost and a timeline managing commission with weird equipments. Just when you think things won't get weirder, we are presented with a man who has head made of fishbowl or a fish with a body of man, I seriously don't know what to call it! The entire part involving commission has been so weird since the beginning and things get messier when The Handler returns. That part of the season was full of twists and turns. Oh and the introduction of Swedish brothers as new antagonists was fun too, especially their Nordic ways. Talking about newcomers, Diego's girlfriend Lila plays a major role throughout the season and serves as a great addition to the cast.

Umbrella Academy showrunner talks season 2 - Exclusive
Now what the hell will you call this?! (Image: © Netflix)

To sum up I would say that this season was highly satisfying and unlike its season 1 as well as most of the stuff these days, it doesn't leave you on a massive cliffhanger. Umbrella Academy season 2 makes up for a highly satisfying, visually stunning, twisted and quite weird season, which is highly enjoyable and leaves you rooting for more. So guys, take my word for it, unfold your nerd umbrellas and take a short trip to the 60's with seven weirdos, who take along doomsday wherever they go! 

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