‘Black Widow’ solo adventure is too small, too late | Movie reviews


Delivered about seven years later than everyone wanted, and not as punchy since the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019, Marvel superhero Black Widow finally has her own solo film in theaters.

Since his first appearance in “Iron Man 2,” fans have loved the inclusion of Deadly Russian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, in the years that followed, Marvel took no chances and gave Black Widow her own movie, always putting her in a supporting role for male superheroes.

It was probably the success of “Wonder Woman” in 2017 that ultimately gave Marvel the confidence to pursue a solo adventure with the character. Scarlett Johannson had already been in the role for seven years by then, and fans still loved her, so it looks like it would be a safe bet.

While I’m sure “Black Widow” will make all the millions of dollars it takes to be a success, almost everything about it is exactly what I feared would happen – a movie that would have worked wonderfully five years ago. when the story unfolds, but today it’s just another regular superhero movie with very little of what makes Marvel movies great.

Set in 2016 immediately after “Captain America: Civil War,” Natasha Romanoff (played by Johannson), aka Black Widow, is on the run to Europe when she unexpectedly reunites with her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), another assassin. .

Natasha must reopen the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous plot linked to her past arises after Yelena defaults the secret spy agency that turned them into better assassins, and the only way to do it. to do is locate and team up with their adoptive parents, Alexei (David Harbor) and Melina (Rachel Weisz).

Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring them down, Natasha and her former family must come to terms with their history of spies and the broken relationships they left long before Black Widow became an Avenger.

If it wasn’t a Marvel movie and the expectation of something better wasn’t already here, this would be a perfectly serviceable spy thriller and action movie. All the technical aspects of the filmmaking process are excellent, the sets, costumes and makeup are well done and the action sequences are for the most part thrilling. It’s just a shame the Black Widow character has only been in better movies except for her first appearance.

Because this story takes place in the midst of a bigger story from a few years ago, we know Black Widow is going to make it out alive, so much of the suspense around her character is gone. This unfortunately leads to a lot of over-the-top action sequences that no one other than Thor or the Hulk should survive, but she comes off with barely a scratch because she has to.

Fortunately, one of the strongest elements is the family dynamic between Natasha and her former family, especially her sister, who is played perfectly by Pugh. As one of the best new actresses of recent years, Pugh once again steals every scene she finds herself in with the sarcastic, sarcastic demeanor that makes most of the laughs. Although to a lesser extent, the same could be said of Harbor as the aging hero of Red Crimson, who thinks he’s still 25, which creates a lot of physical humor.

If only the villain who terrorized this family for so long could have viewed their family bond as a real threat. Ray Winstone is playing the role of the man with the assassin organization, but he doesn’t really feel like a threat or even a consequence – mainly because this all happened five years ago, so of course, he doesn’t win. Everything from his castle flying in the clouds to his computer that can control millions and can be shut down in seconds, works best in a bad Bond movie.

Without having too much of an impact on the rest of the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this more “Black Widow” gives a beloved character a backstory she deserved seven years ago. While her post-credits scene helps set the stage for the future of the MCU, it’s hard to say if the pre-requisite two hours are worth it.


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