Black Widow Review: Scarlett Johansson Gets A Decent Solo Film

Black Widow Review: Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, William Hurt, Rachel Weisz, is now available to Indian fans on Disney+ Hotstar. Directed by Cate Shortland, Eric Pearson wrote the film’s screenplay for the story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, based on Marvel Comics. The film is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam language.

Black Widow Review Does Not Contain Any Spoilers

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is a fugitive as she violates the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War. She reunites with her ‘family,’ Yelena Belova, Alexie Shoshtakov, aka Red Guardian, and Melina Vostokoff, played by Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, respectively. We learn about Natasha’s past, everything about Yelena, the weird family, Red Room and Taskmaster in those 134 minutes.

Romanoff has no rest post Captain America and Iron Man dispute, as she has to deal with Dreykov (Ray Winstone) and Taskmaster. Dreykov is the head of the Red Room, an operation that trafficked and turned innocent girls like Natasha and Yelena into assassins. The film depicts Romanoff’s valiant efforts to put an end to the Red Room and defeat the ruthless Taskmaster.

Black Widow gets off to a good start and keeps you hooked on the plot in the first half. Natasha-Yelena scenes are humorous, action-packed, and poignant. We learn a lot about Yelena while discovering Natasha’s secret life. Their love-hate relationship is enjoyable.

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The identity reveal of Taskmaster amazed me, but the Red Room part was a letdown. Scarlett’s powerful performance and the thrilling action saved the dull showdown scenes with Dreykov during the climax. The filmmaker took her time with the confrontational moments between the heroes and the bad guys but rushed the battle scenes, which resulted in a jumbled mess at times. Marvel has given us some incredible final battle scenes in the past, but this one has to be their weakest.

When it comes to performances, Scarlett Johansson has delivered as expected. It’s nice to have her in the spotlight rather than being confined to the role of male superheroes’ guardian. Florence Pugh has some hilarious scenes and dialogues that will make you fall in love with her right away. She matches up to Scarlett for action scenes. David Harbour and Rachel Weisz played their parts well too. But I think the film didn’t do justice to their talent and their characters.

Black Widow Review: Final Thoughts

After watching Black Widow, you’ll realise Natasha Romanoff had an interesting life. She had a family. The filmmaker’s attempt to cover numerous aspects of her life in one film caused the narration to become disjointed at times. I love the scenes where the ladies from the Red Room come together for a fight. The Budapest revelation and the end credits scene, on the other hand, compensate for the film’s shortcomings. Believe me when I say that the end credits will startle you. I can only say that it stars Yelena and someone who appeared in one of MCU’s web series this year.

Overall, Scarlett Johansson got a decent solo film. Is it possible that the story could have been better? Yes. Is she deserving of more than one film? Absolutely. 

Black Widow is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Black Widow Review: MCU's solo film for Scarlett Johansson's character Natasha Romanoff is now available for fans on Disney+ Hotstar.

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