Binge Watch: Elizabeth Olsen

Two weeks Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness launched in theaters, officially kicking off the summer movie season. That film features two stars who’ve been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years. I’ll be looking at some of the highlights of their non-MCU careers. Last week I looked at five features from Benedict Cumberbatch, and today I’m looking at five features starring the other half of the film, Elizabeth Olsen.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
: This was one of Olsen’s early films, and one that put her on the map. It’s about a woman struggling to adjust to a normal life after escaping a cult. Olsen is quite good in the film, which is an interesting independent feature.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Oldboy (2014)
The film from Spike Lee focuses on Josh Brolin as a man bent on revenge. It’s incredibly dark and violent and is also a re-make of a 2003 Korean film. Olsen plays a pivotal role but this isn’t an easy watch. Her story arc in the film is kind of unsettling, too.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Godzilla (2014)
This film kicked off a monster-verse series that’s still going strong. We have seen three subsequent films featuring either Godzilla or King Kong. This is the only one with Olsen, who plays a minor part as the wife of the lead, Aaron Taylor-Jones. She only appears in a few scenes, but he’s part of a film that’s fun and led to a lot more fun.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ingrid Goes West (2017)
: Olsen stars alongside Aubrey Plaza in this one. Plaza plays a woman who is mentally unbalanced and moves to Los Angeles where she becomes obsessed with an Instagram Influencer (Olsen). The back-and-forth between Plaza and Olsen works decently. It’s a different kind of part for Olsen, but it works.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wind River (2017)
During the midst of her MCU run, Olsen co-stars in this drama from Taylor Sheridan alongside Jeremy Renner. Olsen plays an FBI agent sent to Wyoming to investigate the death of a young girl found on a reservation. Olsen is great in this film, which is one of my personal favorites. If you’ve never checked it out, you should.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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