Black Widow Review: Florence Pugh Steals the Show in an Action-Packed Origin Story
Natasha Romanoff gets an action-packed origin story that sets up a host of new MCU characters. Black widow can best be described as The Americans Satisfies 007 in a James bond-style adventure. A fantastic supporting cast adds a lot more humor and sympathy than expected. Black widow it also addresses the serious issues of human trafficking and sexual abuse directly. The plot has few surprises. Everything goes exactly as expected, but it is not a deal breaker in a very entertaining movie.
Black widow it takes place in the past along two timelines. In the mid-1990s, a seemingly average Ohio “family” makes a drastic decision. Two decades later, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) faces the aftermath of his choices in Captain America: Civil War. She is a fugitive for violating the Sokovia Accords. Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) furious wants to be caught and imprisoned.
On the run in remote Scandinavia, Natasha receives a package with dangerous implications. The Red Room, the organization that stole her life and trained her to be an elite assassin, still exists in the shadows. Her terrifying leader, Dreykov (Ray Winstone), has dispatched Taskmaster, an upgraded soldier who quickly adapts to any combatant, to kill her. Natasha searches for the “family” she had long forgotten. A little sisterFlorence pugh) who adored her, a powerful father (David Harbor) and a brilliant mother (Rachel Weisz) who taught him to survive at all costs.
Black widowAction scenes will kick your butt and break your foot doing so. The fights, the shootouts and the visuals are in the line of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s bullets, knives, and bloody beatings from multiple deadly characters. There are also magnificent chase scenes and a stratospheric, throbbing climax. Taskmaster is a real beast to deal with. The ability to copy and utilize an opponent’s tactics makes him a truly formidable adversary. Natasha Romanoff must outwit, as well as hit, Dreykov’s legion of fighters.
Florence Pugh steals the show as Yelena Belova. She holds her own and then some with a magnetic screen presence. This was done on purpose to establish her as the new Black widow. That term refers to all the killers in the Red Room. Yelena is ready to take up the mantle, just like she did in the comics. Pugh adds a lot of personality to the character. She is funny making fun of her “sister”, but she also shows a vulnerable side when faced with the difficult truths behind her upbringing.
Black widow It is the first film in Phase Four of the MCU. Eric Pearson’s script (Thor: Ragnarok, Godzilla vs. Kong) checks several boxes for long-term business viability. This is not the end for Natasha Romanoff. The story strategically leaves unanswered questions for her; by establishing Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, Taskmaster, and other supporting characters. There is a lot of fan service milking here. I can imagine Kevin Feige and his team coming up with ideas for spinoff sequels, particularly on television. I wish the movie had a more complex and definitive narrative, but I really enjoyed it anyway. Stay after the credits. Black widow is a Marvel Studios production. It will have a theatrical release and Premiere Access Disney + on July 9.
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