Madame Web (2024) Gets entangled in its own messy narrative.

Madame Web” attempts to weave a tangled web of psychic powers, teenage drama, and impending danger, but ultimately gets entangled in its own messy narrative.

The film serves as an origin story for Cassie Webb, a 30-year-old paramedic in Queens, who discovers her psychic abilities after a near-death experience. Played by Dakota Johnson, Cassie grapples with visions of the future, including a threat to three teenage girls—Julia, Anya, and Mattie—whom only she can see. As Cassie races to protect them from the mysterious villain Ezekiel, portrayed by Tahar Rahim, the story unfolds with a series of disjointed scenes and repetitive visions.

One of the film’s notable features is its use of premonitions, where viewers witness snippets of scenes twice—once when Cassie foresees them, and again when they actually occur. While this technique aims to build tension, it often leaves audiences feeling disoriented and questioning the authenticity of each moment.

The movie’s attempt at character development falls short, particularly with the teenage trio played by Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, and Celeste O’Connor. Despite their potential, the characters come across as immature and underdeveloped, failing to engage viewers beyond surface-level interactions.

The action sequences lack visual flair and fail to deliver the thrills expected from a superhero film. Set against the backdrop of a fireworks factory, the climactic fight feels more reminiscent of a daytime TV movie than a blockbuster spectacle.

While Dakota Johnson’s performance as Cassie shows promise, the film’s convoluted plot and messy execution overshadow her talents. The decision to depart from the traditional portrayal of Madame Web as a blind, elderly woman further adds to the film’s identity crisis.

Overall, “Madame Web” struggles to find its footing amidst a flurry of ideas and lacks the cohesive vision needed to bring its characters and story to life. Despite its attempt to expand the Sony Spider-Man Universe, the film falls short of delivering a compelling narrative or engaging superhero experience.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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