I love Black Widow because it exhibits itself differently than a lot of the other titles in the MCU. It could theoretically exist on its own as a kickass action flick. It’s also very mature, and there’s plenty of curse words. Way to go, Disney! It also manages to make a grand sociopolitical commentary about human trafficking buried deep within the plot if you look for it. The action sequences are absolutely incredible. I can say with confidence that this is my favorite MCU film since Thor: Ragnarok. Not saying that they bear many similarities, as they are completely different in tonality; they just happen to be my two favorite MCU titles.
Here’s the part where I’ll put my typical disclaimer that I have not read any of the Marvel Comics. I’m sure some of you would have my head on a stick for DARING to write a review about the precious property without knowing the source. However, I think that the point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is to bring in new fans to Marvel and get them hooked. That’s what these movies have done for me. I may one day read the comics, but remember that this is a motion picture review website.
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That being said, Black Widow is awesome. The scenes with Johansson, Harbour, Pugh, and Weisz hashing out their family issues in both a comedic and dramatic way are great. I’m glad that such fine actors were allowed to actually act in this film instead of just kicking a*s, which they also do a lot of and prove most adept at. I would love to see more of Shortland’s other movies. Frankly, it’s about time that Marvel started putting more focus on their heroines, which started with the mind-blowingly amazing WandaVision. Natasha is an extremely fascinating character that should have a trilogy to her name, just like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor. However, if this is the one solo film we get out, then it’s a resounding success in my book.
I’m sure some of my cohorts at Film Threat have different opinions on Black Widow, and I’m sure you will get to see them. I loved it, though. If it’s a sign as to where the MCU is headed in the future, then I am psyched. Also, DUH, watch the movie through until the end of the credits. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that because if you don’t know that by now as an MCU fan, you need to get it together. It’s really important to watch it if you are interested in what’s happening in future MCU films and shows. That’s my public service announcement, and with that, I leave you with a wholehearted recommendation to see this movie. If you disagree, feel free to complain in the comments.
"…it's about time that Marvel started putting more focus on their heroines..."