Black Widow Movie Review: Trauma Breeds Vengeance

Article by Oliver Nash
Posted: July 13, 2021  

The Rundown

Black Widow is a 2021 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name.

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is also the first film to be released in phase four of MCU’s 2021 catalogue. The film was directed by Cate Shortland from a screenplay by Eric Pearson, and 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 Captain America: Civil War (2016), the film sees Romanoff on the run and forced to confront a conspiracy tied to her past.

The Review

Natasha Romanoff might have waited for 11years before earning her standalone film, but Black Widow was definitely worth the wait. The two-hour long film lives up to the hype. Romanoff showcases her strong will to overcome challenges, protect family and still finds time to tie up loose ends.

Unlike other MCU films, Black Widow resonates more with ordinary individuals. Natasha Romanoff now joins Bruce Wayne (Batman) as the only superheroes in the cinematic universe without superpowers.

Black Widow is thrilling, exciting and emotionally appealing. It is the one movie you must watch in theatres to enjoy the full effects.

The Hits

• Women’s empowerment and independence runs deep in the film

• Uniformly proficient fight choreography and good production.

• The emotional family moments.

• It is a dialogue-heavy film.

The Misses

One drawback with Black Widow is that it’s mildly predictable because some events take place before existing Marvel films like Avengers: Infinity War. You could take a five-minute bathroom break and still easily catch up.


OMG Moment

• The showdown between Romanoff and an unexpected foe-turned-friend.

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