Boy howdy did Black Widow have a time getting made and released. Starting with the pandemic that took up the entire last year as well as what we continue to struggle with the MCU has gone without a release, which is something new since it got into full swing. While probably not what the people in charge would have wanted, in a great many ways, but it very well might have helped with Marvel burnout. The rollout process that Marvel has adopted in the wake of the pandemic with the Disney + series that Marvel has been releasing has given people time to get ready for such a big movie releasing.
I really enjoyed Black Widow, though with the movie being a prequel to the last Avengers movie the stakes don’t really seem that dire for Natasha when she’s in danger. Aside from that I loved how Natasha played off the other members of her family, especially Yelena. It was directed by Cate Shortland, who’s other work I will checkout. The screenplay was written by Eric Pearson with the story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson.
The plot center on Natasha Romanoff as she’s on the run after Captain America: Civil War. More of her past is shown and how it shaped her. You’re introduced to her family; Yelena Belova, Alexei Shostakov, and Melina Vostokoff. They all join her on the hunt for General Dreykov, who is behind the Red Room and the Widow program. It could be the Black Widow program, but I prefer to say the Widow program. You do finally get to learn about what happened in Budapest that Natasha and Clint have referenced since the first Avengers movie.
The production design in this is fantastic. The costumes in this are fantastic, and the emphasis put on Yelena’s vest is a highlight. The CGI in Black Widow is usually pretty great. There’s a bit of it that looks a little off, but that’s because the lighting effects are just off enough for you to notice. It isn’t enough to completely break suspension of disbelief. The stunt team knock it out of the park throughout the movie. The action scenes are most definitely a highlight of the entire movie.
The cast is Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Ray Winstone. I want to talk about Florence Pugh’s performance. I was kind of hoping to not have to see her sad face when she’s about to cry, because it is just heartbreaking and after Midsommar I had enough of seeing her sad. While you do see it some, but she is a highlight of the movie. Pugh’s comedic timing is fantastic and she keeps things light as things get pretty heavy. If you’re a fan of the MCU I’m sure you’ll have already seen it or plan on seeing it. If you aren’t I’m sure you could find something about it that you would enjoy if you keep an open mind. You can rent it on Disney + on premiere access or you can go to a theater, if you’re feeling brave enough