Quick question. I’m thinking of using Black Widow to help teach Dramatica and wanted to see if others who saw it agreed. Obviously, SPOILER WARNING.
spoilers hidden at Jim's request!
I thought the subjective throughlines (MC, IC, RS) in this film were all super strong – fun, touching, emotional, meaningful. You’ve got the superhero who left everyone behind, the assassin who’s still somehow a baby sister, the family that wasn’t real but maybe it was.
Then the OS felt tacked on. A cookie cutter “control the world” antagonist, and not much that made a lot of sense.
On top of the OS’s storytelling issues, I really feel like it was a story with Concerns in one quadrant (maybe top left*, despite being a Marvel movie) and threw in a bottom-left Obtaining OS. Did anyone else feel like this?
* The Past seems right for Natasha’s guilt over leaving everyone behind and what she did to get out (killing the daughter) – so trying to make up for past mistakes (and Universe fits her Avenger status). The sister influences through old times, old photos, memories. And the family relationship is all about how they all picture or imagine that relationship – do they conceptualize themselves as a real family, or at least having been a real family? Meanwhile the OS is only a “kill the badguy and help the widows escape” plot.