Review: Black Widow
On the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha's (Scarlett Johansson) plans of laying low are interrupted when her sister from a past life, Yelena (Florence Pugh) gets her involved in a sinister plot involving the famed Red Room.
My family and I went to the theater again together for the first time since The Rise of Skywalker and boy did it feel great to see the Marvel logo on the big screen again. I have so many feelings about this movie.
I find myself at an awkward crossroads with Natasha. I love her, I still think her dying in Endgame was a big mistake, and that gives this film an air of too little too late, but Scarlett Johansson as an actress has proven so disappointing lately with her defense of Woody Allen among other things. I'm so invested in Natasha as a character it's mostly easy to look past, but it's never far from my mind.
I couldn't help but feel bitter leaving this, even though I enjoyed the first half immensely. The second half makes some dumb story choices and wastes its main villain, but let's not pretend the majority of comic book movies don't already do that. The villains rarely shine, but this one they could've done a lot more with. But I'm bitter because when I hear the Avengers theme play while Natasha does something heroic, I think back to how Clint should've been the one to get thrown off that cliff. It's such a dumb waste.
Nat in the first half of the film shows why she's an Avenger. She kicks an insane amount of ass. The stunts in this film are excellent. Every fight a woman is involved in is just choreographed brilliantly and all those stuntwomen involved should be very proud. I loved Nat's chemistry with Yelena. I hope we see plenty more of Florence Pugh in the MCU, she was the clear standout here. David Harbour was funny, but Rachel Weisz was a miss. Her accent didn't sound as consistent as the others and her character just wasn't as intriguing as the others.
I like director Cate Shortland, even though I didn't love her last two films. I'm glad she was given a huge tentpole like this and I hope it pays off for her. Even though the film itself falls in pretty mid tier Marvel for me, when I put my sadness aside for a character gone too soo, I enjoyed the majority of it. Though it's not free of problems.
Memorable Quote: "I doubt the space god has to take an ibuprofen after a fight." - Yelena (Florence Pugh)