Black Widow Review

★★☆☆☆

Black Wiidow, in terms o a narrative structure, was always going to be a difficult sell. After all we know how it ends, to cut to the chase (spoiler alert) she had already died in the end before it had begun.

Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film directed by Cate Shortland from a screenplay by Eric Pearson stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow alongside Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. Set after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War  the film sees Romanoff on the run and forced to confront a conspiracy tied to her pasta nd the creation of a unique set of Super Soldiers.

Having been delayed three times from an original May 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Widow premiered on June 29, 2021 at various events around the world, and was released in the United States and the UK on July 9 simultaneously in theaters and through Disney+ with Premier Access. The first film in Phase Four of the MCU.

I fond the film to be underwhelming having been spoiled with Disney’s incredibly intricate and clever’Wanda Vision’ and mature thought provoking set pieces in ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Both featured allegorical narratives that made you think, kept you guessing and cleverly referenced nuanced nostalgia.

Black Widow is decent fare but only just. The natural chemistry that Johansson was able to exude in her previous outings falls flat here. Whilst these are characters that have no previously interacted in previous movies I found the stilted and pretty awkward way in which they interacted with each other ever so slightly jarring. The film is high on action set pieces but they seem to wash over you.

The reveals, of which there are a few, are spoiled by those delivering them and the imaging of TaskMaster fell way short of the expectations as someone who enjoyed his villainy as an avid comic book consumer. Sticking with the villain of the piece Ray Winstone who usually adds gravitas and heft to each role underdelivered as Dreykov.. His accent drifting between nondescript Eastern Europe and the east end of London took me out of the character several times and sullied my memories of this phenomenal talent.

Black Widow is available in theatres and via special access via the through Disney+ with Premier Access.

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