Black Widow takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on the run from the law. She gets revisited by past friends to help put an end to the Black Widow program.
Due to the pandemic, we had a bit of a break from Marvel movies and Black Widow marks their return. But, Black Widow feels a bit too late in my opinion. Due to the timeline of this film, it honestly feels like this film should have been released 5 years ago, not now. Not to mention, we already know what Natasha’s fate is in Avengers: Endgame, so this film feels kind of unnecessary.
First of all, though the film is titled Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff still does not get her due. She feels like a supporting character in her own film and the film doesn’t really go more in-depth into her character. We learn a bit more about Natasha’s backstory, but even that segment is barebones.
The highlight of this film is Florence Pugh as Yelena. She was charming, funny, and could kick some butt. Rachel Weisz is also a plus, but she really does not have much to do here. Pugh and Weisz are the main reason I watched this film. David Harbor was also fine, but he did not stand out to me and felt a bit too over the top. No to mention, the Russian accents in this film also are not great.
The action was also pretty boring. There was some promise via the villain character, Task Master, who can mirror the moves of the person they are fighting, but it really was not utilized enough. And I know you need to suspend belief in superhero movies, but there is no way Natasha survives or at least is not gravely injured by some things that happen to her in this film.
I honestly just did not care for this film. Overall, it’s fine. It has good acting and a compelling enough story, but I could not get invested in the film despite my love for the character. If the story was a bit more grounded and centered on Natasha’s struggle contending with her past, I could have gotten more into it. But the film felt like it was introducing the ‘next’ Black Widow, Yelena, and the end credits scene felt like it was setting up the Hawkeye show that is supposed to premiere on Disney Plus later this year. Not to mention, the plot also feels a bit like Jessica Jones where the villain is able to mind control others, namely women, to do their bidding.
We have been getting a lot of Marvel content lately with the Disney Plus shows, and there’s actually a lot more to come this year. But projects like this and The Falcon and Winter Soldier are getting stale to me, even if they do have some interesting concepts. But I did enjoy both WandaVision and Loki, so I hope Marvel manages to be more inventive with their upcoming films and break their typical formula.
I give Black Widow a C-