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Black Widow Review: It’s All About Family

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  • After years of waiting, Marvel fans got a standalone Black Widow movie.
  • Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow does justice to Natasha for what happened to her in Endgame.
  • Florence Pugh is the real show stealer, her talent overshawdows everything else in the movie.
Black Widow Movie Review
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2.5

Summary

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh are a perfect pair(of siblings). Nailing the action scenes, this MCU movie feels like a Jame Bond classic. Family ties and enemies from the past make a good story, yet Marvel managed to derail the plot to make it a sterileย standalone movie.

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I watched Spider-Man: Far From Home back in 2019, since then Marvel Studios did not release another movie until now. Being a Marvel fan, the wait was very hard for me, almost two years without a new MCU movie. Now that Black Widow is finally here and I can’t wait to talk about it. This Black Widow review is spoiler-free, so don’t worry about it, I have no intentions of ruining the movie for you.

Story

The movie begins with Natasha in her childhood, she has a sister, a mother and a father. They live happily in Ohio, a sweet family. Natasha’s sister Yelena Belova(Florence Pugh) is the cutest of the family and the youngest.

Everything changes for the family when the father, Alexei Shostakov(David Harbour) reveals to the mother, Melina Vostokoff(Rachel Weisz) that they got one hour to leave the place before the cops arrive. So they begin to leave, find a jet and escape almost losing their lives.

When the family arrives in Cuba, the daughters are forced into the custody of Dreykov, who happens to be the person who runs Red Room. Natasha and Yelena are among other young girls who are captured and trained to become assassins. Remember the flashback in Avengers: Age of Ultron?

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Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Age of Ultron

The actual movie begins from now, right after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff for violating the Sokovia Accords, becomes a fugitive and is hunted by the government. She escapes and hides in Norway seeking help from an agent(O. T. Fagbenle).

While trying to get her power generator repaired, she is attacked by the Taskmaster who is after the Red Dust she has in her truck that was mailed to her by Yelena from Budapest. She manages to flee with the Red Dust and meets her sister after a very long time. She discovers that her past mission to kill Dreykov and his daughter was a failure and they are still alive running the Red Room.

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Taskmaster in Black Widow

The Red Room is an army of women assassins whose brains are manipulated like Winter Soldier’s and these women are after the Red Dust.

Natasha joins hands with Yelena to kill Dreykov and they seek help from Alexei Shostakov aka the Red Guardian(Russia’s version of Captain America) and also Melina Vostokoff. Making it a delightful family reunion.

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Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow

What’s good?

Watching Scarlett Johansson back on screen as Black Widow felt so good. After what happened to her in Avengers: Endgame, I was sad and now to see Scarlett back in action, kicking asses and doing the ‘superhero landings’ gives me bliss.

I have been waiting to know the story of Black Widow since her first appearance in Iron Man 2 and I am sure all of her fans are waiting for the same. What is the childhood story of Natasha Romanova? How did she become what she is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? This solo Black Widow movie answers many questions about the female superhero. Right from her family to her dark past, everything is detailed as we wanted it to be.

The action scenes in the movie deserve praise, it’s all the women who did the job. When Marvel Studios promised Black Widow is going to be ‘a women empowerment’ story, they did not lie.

More than Scarlett Johansson, it was Florence Pugh who left me blown. I mean, I know she is a brilliant actress, but my god, she keeps surprising me all the time. Her work in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Ari Aster’s Midsommar made me her fan and now, here I am falling more for her flair. Can’t wait to see more of her in the MCU.

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Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova in Black Widow

The other actors did well too, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. They don’t really need to be applauded, but you know, they did enough.

What’s bad?

I know I will be trashed for writing all the bad things about a Marvel movie, but I will do it anyway. Because I MYSELF AM A HARDCORE MARVEL FAN and if I don’t accept the bad things about something I love, I might sound ridiculous.

Marvel did the same thing again, used the formula. Every Marvel movie is getting repetitive. There’s always a hero who wants to do good and there’s always a villain who is evil for no reason with no back story in almost all Marvel movies. Spider-Man: far From Home had Mysterio who was a good villain, I thought Marvel is trying to improve but with Black Widow, it is back to zero again. The villain barely gets screen time.

It ain’t a Marvel movie if it doesn’t have a huge CGI fight in the climax. Same old routine ending. Half the budget of the movie is seen utilized only at the end of the movie.

The downside of Black Widow is that, no matter how hard the movie tries to put Natasha in danger, we know she won’t die because she later fights along with the other Avengers in Infinity War and Endgame. I hate this about prequels.

Overall

After I was done watching the movie, I asked myself these questions:

What value did Black Widow add to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Did Black Widow do justice to the female superhero character I love so much?

And the answer to both of these questions is, I didn’t see anything new from Marvel Studios, nothing creative and no fresh content. The ‘formula thing’ is getting overused and old, I know the movie will make good money and will satisfy fans with ease, but I want to ask fans ‘Don’t you wanna see something new and unique?’.

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Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow

What Natasha did in Avengers: Endgame is heroic, she proved to be the SOUL of the Avengers team and all of us were mad because she didn’t get a good send-off in Endgame. Marvel fixed that with this movie. Gave us an emotional depth to the character and even tried to complete her arc. Good job!

Black Widow is not the worst Marvel movie and not the best either, it lies somewhere in between trying hard to find a place because of the lack of creativity. But I’d still want you to watch it though.

P.S. Don’t miss the post-credit scene.

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