Ice Cream Convos is excited to announce we are giving away 10 Fandango codes (for two tickets) to see Marvel Studios’ new release, Black Widow.

The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, debuted to an estimated total of more than $215M globally this weekend.

That includes $80M at the domestic box office, $78M at the international box office, and over $60M in Disney+ Premier Access consumer spend globally, according to a press release from The Walt Disney Company.

Read our review of the film, written by B. Gunn, below.

‘Black Widow’ Review Written By B. Gunn

Natasha Romanoff gets to flex solo this time in the new movie Black Widow. Will moviegoers cheer for Black Widow, or call her Wack Widow? Let’s go!

It’s been a loooooong time, a long time coming, and after more than a year of being pushed back due to COVID, Black Widow is finally in theaters for your enjoyment.

It stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. Without giving the plot away, mind-control is the central theme, and Black Widow must use every ounce of her assassin’s acumen to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

With no assistance from her Avenger buddies, Natasha steps to the forefront, carrying this movie. Black Widow is not an origin film. It does touch briefly on how she became the deadly undercover agent, but that isn’t the focal point.

She embarks on a fresh mission set in a timeline that works perfectly. As a matter of fact, the timeline is genius; it makes so much sense. I was impressed by that alone.

Johansson shines brightly in her role as does The Red Guardian, played by Harbour. He is without a doubt the glue that holds everyone together. His wit and comedic timing reigns supreme. The one-liners are to die for!

The subplot deals with family and although family first is a mantra that does well in most films, this one tended to be family first, second, third, fourth, etc. It bogged the movie down.

While there is action in Black Widow, there has to be substance as well. When the fighting and CGI die down, we’re left with long, drawn-out dialogue addressing past family issues. Ok, I get the fam was dysfunctional, but geez, at least make the dialogue riveting! I was bored by this.

There is a way to make non-action scenes just as dynamic as explosions and fisticuffs and it starts with writing. The monologues were dull and more suited for a short film.

Taskmaster is a formidable foe, but actually not the main antagonist. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that the character pulling the strings could’ve done better. It felt like I was watching a bad impression of a Russian Marlon Brando/Don Corleone.

The action scenes are well constructed, thoroughly entertaining but few and far in between. The film tries to make up with an outstanding 3rd act, but it’s too little too late.

It’s like when a person has been messing up the entire relationship and now wants to act right at the end.

Nah, fam, you should’ve been that from the opening scene!

Black Widow is a good film, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, good is mediocre. This had the potential to be among the pantheon of Marvel movies but instead did Johansson a great disservice.

I’m giving it a Morning/Midday Co-sign. There is a mid-credit scene so stay for that. This movie is sure to make a ton of money, but next time, use that PPP loan for creative writing/dialogue courses. 

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