FILM REVIEW | BLACK WIDOW

After a two year absence from the big screen, Marvel has now returned to its rightful place. Black Widow is the latest addition to the cinematic universe, a film that focus' on a character of which we know the fate. However provides us with action a plenty, new characters to go forward with, all while playing it fairly safe with the known formula.





Written by Elliot Lines

Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) is a character that has been through this whole journey, but there hasn't been too much in the way of a background for her. Black Widow certainty ceases upon that opportunity and shows the audience much more of this character we have come to love.


Competing with her for screen time though is a host of new characters played by a stella cast with the likes of David Harbour, Rachel Weiss and Ray Winston, all of which had some questionable accents. But the standout of the film, as it always is when she is involved was Florence Pugh. Playing the role of Natasha's sister Yelena Belova, she outshines everyone she has screen time with, convincing us of this young assassin but charming the audience with perfect comedic timing creating a character that could well become a new fan favourite.

Action packed throughout, Black Widow packs a punch with some great action sequences, brilliantly choreographed and extremely entertaining. Seemingly becoming more of a "Marvel Spy" film rather than a superhero film. Most of the action scenes come within the first and third act, whereas the second act slows right down to re-connect these characters, making for a small lull within the film.


Due to the known events of Endgame and the fate of Natasha Romanov, the end of this film doesn't have much a stakes with regards to Romanov, but that fact doesn't impact the payout whatsoever, it actually manages to set up an interesting way forward for Yelena.


Almost feeling like an afterthought, Black Widow probably should've come back in 2016 after Civil War. That said this new addition to the Marvel universe doesn't seem out of place and gives Natasha Romanov the limelight she deserves, but also lets a new character in particular shine.