‘Black Widow’ Review – Marvel Is Back Baby!

Marvel Studios is back in theaters baby, and with their brand new film, Black Widow! It’s been about two years since we’ve seen an MCU film, and they were right when they say “absence makes the heart grow fonder,’ because this film was hitting. Let’s just jump right into this non-spoiler review for Black Widow.

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow takes place right after Captain America: Civil War, which Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is a fugitive for violating the Sokovia Accords. Natasha confronts her dark and mysterious past after the program who made her sends out assassins to attack her, the Red Room. Natasha must use her skills and team up with her previous broken family to bring down the Red Room once and for all.

(L-R): Melina (Rachel Weisz), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

I thought the story for Black Widow was solid. The first and second acts of the film was strong, but the third act did dipped a bit when it came to the storytelling. When it came to the jokes, I’m in the minority because I cracked up a lot, especially whenever the Red Guardian (David Harbour) was on screen. Also, there was a twist in the film that made me go “meh, it works for the story.” One last thing to mention is that the way they’ve written Yelena (Florence Pugh) to set her up for the future of the MCU was done amazingly, and she was a character that I was able to gravitate to instantly.

Is it the best written MCU film of all time? Not really, but I was incredibly satisfied watching it from start to end, hell, I was enjoying it so much that I actually wanted the film to keep going.

(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Alexei (David Harbour) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The cast of Black Widow were all so good, so good that there were times they stole the spotlight from Scarlett Johansson. Florence Pugh’s performance was so damn great. From emotional moments to funny moments, Pugh was just hitting the mark, and I didn’t even knew who she was, but I do now. Another performance I have to praise is David Harbour because a lot of the memorable moments I’ve had watching Black Widow was because of Harbour. I can’t forget Rachel Weisz’s performance because she felt like a perfect piece of a puzzle when she’s with Pugh, Harbour, and Johansson.

This was Scarlett Johansson’s last performance as Natasha Romanoff (for now), and she gave it her all. Johansson has been playing this character since 2010, so you know she had to knock it out the park. Everything we love about the character of Black Widow over the years is what we got from Johansson in this film.

Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

When it comes to the score, it’s probably one of the MCU’s best for sure. There was times in the theater when I went “damn that sounds good.” Music makes the movie, and the music did its job in Black Widow. So kudos to Lorne Balfe and Sven Faulconer for composing the music in the film.

The visuals was not the best, to be honest. When I was watching the film, the CGI in a lot of the scenes were really noticeable, but when it’s not CGI heavy the film looked good. It didn’t ruin how I felt about the film overall, but if there’s anything that was lacking it was the visuals.

(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Black Widow was an enjoyable experience, especially when watching in IMAX. In my opinion, it was a nice start for being the first film in phase four of the MCU. If you’re a fan of the MCU and Black Widow, you’re not going to be disappointed, and the film gives you the closure you need after being with the character for over a decade.

Black Widow is worth a watch! If you can watch it in theaters, then go and get that ticket or have a big watch party by watching it on Disney+.


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