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Black Widow - Movie Review

Black Widow

Marvel does Bourne!  With plenty of globe-hopping and mouth-dropping action sequences, Black Widow finally arrives in theaters after an over yearlong delay due to Covid-19 and reminds us of why we absolutely love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its many characters.  With heart and humor and plenty of action, Black Widow kicks a ton of ass!

"With heart and humor and plenty of action, Black Widow kicks a ton of ass!"

That’s right, Black Widow doesn’t disappoint. In fact, most fans of the MCU will be reinvigorated by the film’s action-oriented and thriller successes, proving that Marvel’s long list of characters can in fact cover many different genres. This does not feel like a comic book film. While it does deal with heroes and villains, the film feels more like a slow burn of action and suspense as Black Widow comes to terms with the Red Room and helps fill in some of the story gaps when we first caught up with the Avengers all those years ago.

But her duplicitous life as a lone wolf and as a part of a team is explored here and it makes a lot of sense in further establishing the strength of her character. Even though her fate was (probably) sealed during her quest to Vormir with Clint Barton (a.k.a. Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner), the mystery surrounding her still stands, which makes this film quite interesting.

While there is NO EXCUSE for why a solo movie with Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, took so long to come about, she quickly reminds us of why we love her with kick to the head swagger and style. Together with Director Cate Shortland and its own Manchurian Candidate-like themes, Johansson shows that the delay in getting her character’s own solo movie was indeed a chickenshit move by Marvel and destroys every single man in her way to taking down the Red Room.Black Widow

Black Widow doubles down on the spy and Cold War conspiracies and gives us a glimpse into some of the tactics used by Russia to infiltrate America.  Opening with an extended and exciting prologue, we see a young Natasha with her “family” on the run.  Already keyed-in performances from David Harbour, who simply nails it with his performance as her “father” and Rachel Weisz as her “mother” have us near the edge of our seats as they escape through the night along with Natasha’s “sister”, Yelena Belova.  If that opening feels like The Americans to you, then go with it.

As we hop around the world with her, we witness as Natasha is taken from one makeshift family and into another, The Avengers. But other than a nod to Hawkeye and Captain America (to help fill us in as this film takes place in between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War), this is indeed a solo performance as Black Widow discovers that her estranged sister-figure (a scene-stealing Florence Pugh) has information about Dreykov (Ray Winstone), whom she thought long dead and his assassin program, known as the Red Room.  It is where more Black Widows are being trained.  In fact, these women are scattered throughout the world.

This is an operation that Black Widow thought she had taken care of years ago, first mentioned in The Avengers. Now, she finds herself having to stay ahead of both Dreykov and General Ross (for breaking the Sokovia Accords) as she and Yelena reunite their original family Alexei (Harbour), aka The Red Guardian, and Melina (Weisz) while dodging the calculated attacks from the Taskmaster (an identity I won’t spoil here).  While the change in the Taskmaster character might be a letdown, I say there's more to come in the tech used to bring the character to life.

With action sets all in place and a brisk pace set and matched time and time again, Black Widow feels both sleek and fun. It is in and of itself a no-nonsense killing machine, moving toward its audience like a panther ready to pounce.  We get a fully realized backstory on one of Marvel’s best characters and we get a whole lot of spy-related intrigue thanks to screenwriter Eric Pearson (Infinity War and Endgame), all of which works itself into an action film that is original in its own terms within this shared universe.

Like "the deadliest of spiders, easily escaping notice until it is far too late", Black Widow STRIKES!

4/5 stars

Film Details

Black Widow

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence/action, some language and thematic material.
133 mins
: Cate Shortland
Eric Pearson
Scarlett Johansson; Florence Pugh; David Harbour
: Action

Memorable Movie Quote: "Okay, you got a plan, or shall I just stay, duck, and cover?"
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Release Date:
July 9, 2021
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Synopsis: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.


Black Widow


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