As a movie that falls more effectively within the genre of “assassin” movies (i’m thinking “Bond, James Bond”), Natasha Romanoff is a female killing machine fighting through female issues among other females who all have to “deal with” the problems of patriarchy (and misogyny) in a world where women have to figure out, combat, and resolve “women’s issues” all by themselves … a cold, cruel reflection of the world in which we (females and those punished by society for possessing a pussy [or merely desiring to be &or identifying as pussy-laden]) already live and exist.
Patriarchy is real. (Obviously, i’ve understood this before seeing this movie.)
I watched the movie for the first time the day after it’s opening date. The details of my viewing will remain vague as i do not wish to detail … the details of my life. Nevertheless, i watched the flick on opening weekend, and then i watched it again this morning (roughly between 0445 & 0700).
It (the movie) was a lot better during this second viewing; so much so, in fact, that i’m writing about it now. I had no such predilection after the first watching.
After the general online reception seemed to be pretty bland &or divisive, i had nothing else to add to the noise that my phone brought forth, but then i thought i’d waste some time this morning, so i watched the movie again.
And to my surprise, i liked it this go around. Full disclosure, i AM a Scarlett Johansson fan. It’s weird cause i don’t really like her movies (and don’t even get me started on that walk! Julia Roberts much [and this is not a good thing, imho]?) But this is all trivial nonsense, and i try, i must try to always refrain from judging my fellow females in trite and trivial ways. Nevertheless, there aren’t very many “Scar-Jo” movies that are good, no offense, and yes, as an asian female, i was pissed that she was cast in Ghost In The Shell, etc., etc., &c. The point is that i’m not a Scar-Jo hater. I like her, and i think she’s pretty fucking hot. She’s also part of the “problem.” But that’s not the point here.
The point, for me, is that i’m not here to hate on a Scar-Jo movie. I liked Black Widow, and i like Scarlett Johansson in it.
The reason i’m saying all of this is that i couldn’t actually help but think of Scarlett Johansson the entire time i was watching “Natasha Romanoff” on screen.
I couldn’t help thinking about the burden that Scarlett Johansson has had to endure being the ONLY female in the sausage fest that is the MCU. Full disclosure, i am a huge Marvel fan. I’ve seen all of the movies, in order, as they’ve come out, and i’ve seen every movie since 2014 in IMAX 3D. All i’m saying is that i’ve shelled out a large portion of my disposable income to the creation of the MCU, and i’ve watched intently to make sure my money has/is being spent well.
Thus, Black Widow is a shit addition to the MCU. Black Widow is a pretty good action flick.
The problem, for me (and yes, i am only speaking for myself [i sorta can’t believe i even have to “qualify” myself in this way, but here we are, stuck in woke-america, and so, i conform]), is that Black Widow doesn’t add to the Canon, and so, i wish that it had been made into a ten-part series with each episode a different era of Romanoff’s life wherein she’s a fucking badass, killing fools, and making a name for herself. It coulda been a whole vibe. But i understand that maybe Johansson is a bit old to begin a streaming series, just from a physical sense, i hear that all that action takes a toll on the body. And yea, the movie, generally speaking, was a disappointment in the sense that Johansson gracefully introduced her replacement. Whether or not Johansson, herself, is/was ready to bow out and make way for a new, young star doesn’t really matter in this moment. What matters is that this is what happened at all.
Natasha Romanoff has been with us since (basically) the very beginning. I remember when Scar-Jo appeared in Iron Man 2, and the surprise was a delight (i mean, she’s so hot). And then she worked very hard, in (basically) every movie, fighting through the MCU as the sole female of men with issues bigger than the mere problems of females suffering from the patriarchy here on Earth. Boo. Boooooooooo.
Black Widow ended up being a metaphor of Scarlett Johansson’s role in the MCU.
And all of this as a fuck-you farewell. And it’s still a good movie. It will just be forgotten within the larger Canon because that’s what men do in a patriarchy. How fucking sad.
And so, i end up seeing Scarlett Johansson within the larger context of “hollywood,” and then the movie ends up standing as an even larger metaphor for Scarlett Johansson in the larger existence of HOLLYWOOD.
She’s phenomenally silent in this #MeToo era.
She’s phenomenally successful as a beautiful woman in show biz.
She’s prodigiously flattered in the press.
She’s “perfect,” and her career will continue to steam right along as long as she keeps her mouth shut, which it seems, she’s willing to do.
And so, this is not where i thought that this … thought would end up, but here we are now.
I’m officially wondering if Scar-Jo, the actor and representative of beauty, can really, all by herself, take down this patriarchal world in which we live by simply telling us what she knows. I am now officially wondering this.