Black Widow: Big Screen or Small?


We live in interesting times. No longer are we bound to the box office schedule to see new movies, not in the streaming era. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the entire filmmaking and theatergoing landscape and there’s no looking back. That brings us to Marvel’s first movie of 2021: Black Widow.

The film itself was supposed to come out last year but was delayed multiple times to ensure that it would hit the big screen. After much debate, Disney finally realized it was beneficial to release the film both in theaters and on their streaming service Disney+ for $30. So which should you spend your money on? Honestly, this one might be better at home.

That’s not a knock to the film, not in the slightest, but the film itself focuses quite a lot on character development rather than action scenes making it a much more subdued affair. The action scenes that are in there are quite impressive but nothing would be lost in watching them on a rather large screen at home.

In the end, this one boils down to math. The cost of a Disney+ rental is $30. Depending on where you are in the country a movie for two can be anywhere from $25-40 not including food. If you are a full-fledged family attempting to see the movie that price can be almost $100. That’s why the streaming option, which has gotten some flack, can be ideal in situations like this one. For $30 you can invite as many people as you want to the house, get your own snacks, and even pause the movie if you need to whenever you want.

Having sat through a couple of Disney+ shows it is actually surprising that the studio chose to turn Black Widow into a movie and not a series. This one might have benefitted from a longer run-time and more screen time with the side characters. That’s the great thing about shows like WandaVision and Loki, there aren’t really any one-note characters and everyone is given some kind of motivation. That’s not really the case with Black Widow though it’s still extremely well done.

How are you watching Black Widow? Let us know in the comments below.