Black Widow (2021)

Director: Cate Shortland
Writer/s: Eric Pearson, Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, Olga Kurylenko, and more.

The Intro:
Two movies that I am absolutely sick of seeing their trailers: “Black Widow” and the newest James Bond. So let me tell you that I am beyond happy to finally notch this movie onto my belt. The first Marvel film to release since Covid struck. I got to feast my eyes on “Black Widow” in all its (possible) glory!

IMDB Summary:
“A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.”

The Oberrating:
I was honestly really impressed with “Black Widow.” I should have thought twice about thinking Marvel would treat this as a throw away and have it not be a worthwhile outing to the movies! The story flows well from start to finish. Besides having to bend our minds back past Endgame, and place ourselves back between Civil War and Infinity War. The movie introduces new characters with ease and had me quite invested in the story and all involved. Family is a pretty important theme that drives this story home, and yes, queue your “family” memes now since I said it 😄. From influencing our main character of Natasha and her family. To the families of all the other characters surrounding her.

As I get into the performances of these actors. You just KNOW I have to start here. *clears throat* QUEEN FLORENCE PUGH, STAND UP!! LET’S GOOOOOOO!!!! My girl Florence absolutely killed her role as Yelena! From serious and emotional moments, to comedic and badass moments, Florence ran with this role and slam dunked it. I need more Yelena in my MCU life!
Aside from the queen, I was thoroughly impressed with just about everyone. Scarlett returns for quite possibly her last time out as Natasha/Black Widow. She has always been stellar and continues to here. There is not much else to say about her.
David Harbour is another stand out who just slayed the comedic element of the movie. Damn near every scene he is in, he delivers some kind of laughable moment for the audience, and yet, it all still felt proper and never out of place.
Lastly, miss Rachel Weisz, while having significantly less screen time as the rest of her onscreen family, she puts out a commendable performance as one would expect from the Oscar caliber actor. I will always be grateful to witness a Weisz performance.

Now as I always force myself to nitpick some negatives in all I watch. Two aspects stick out for me that affect the rating. One, the film as a whole is a very formula action movie, for me. Besides two decent twists, you can expect what happens next fairly easily. And overall, it boils down to supervillain has a plan for world domination and superhero will stop it in the nick of time.
Two, the villain, Dreykov, not convincing in the least bit for me. Fat, slimey, pig boy controlling women for his army of killers… Yeah, that ain’t for me, chief. I’ll probably forget him in a month.

The Wrap-Up:
A very solid action movie outing for all audiences! The Marvel fans should overall enjoy and approve of it. The popcorn watchers should most definitely enjoy it regardless of where they watch it. Quite simply, all who enjoy some fast-paced action should head on out to enjoy Marvel’s return to the cinema. I know I am!

Rating: 4/5


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