Really wanted to like this but it runs out of steam after the first act, a few good moments aside it gets super repetitive and never has the amount of tension I would have expected/hoped for out of Craven.
Easily the best one of these since Iron Man 3, and generally makes me less forgiving of good directors making bad MCU movies. Clearly it's possible to make one of these that actually feels like it has the stamp of artists on it, and isn't just another corporate product. I won't pretend this is anywhere near Raimi's best work, but there's a lot of him in it including a surprisingly gleeful mean streak.
Also: Elizabeth Olson plays the villain *fantastically.*…
When I started seeing people go negative on this movie I was sure it was typical Oscar-season frenzy--people piecing together what was on course to win and overstating their dislike of it. Wouldn't be the first time. Also wouldn't be the first time I thought a widely hated Oscar bait picture was unimpressive but ultimately fine.
I'm sad to report nothing I read properly captured just how bad Coda is. It really feels, to me, like the epitome of a…