Movie Review: “Black Widow” keeps up tradition of exciting Marvel blockbuster action

Scarlett Johansson has been playing Natasha Romanoff or the “Black Widow” for 11 years, and in a franchise that has given every original Avenger a franchise (or TV show) she’s been due for a solo film for some time. And the pandemic delayed her project for an additional year.

Now that it’s finally in theaters, it’s good to know that it was worth the wait.

The film takes place before the events of “Infinity War” and “Endgame”, with Romanoff discovering the survival of the “Red Room” a factory that captures little girls and turns them into killing machines just like her. We meet the rest of Nat’s family including her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), Milena (Rachel Weisz) and the “Red Guardian” (played by David Harbour of Stranger Things).

Marvel films find success in different ways, Black Widow does it as an action movie. We get car chases, shootouts, and fist fights, done at the highest level by director, Cate Shortland. Johansson is her usual wonderful self, with her backup more than strong enough to each pick up the weight with their assignments, especially Pugh, with Oscar winner Weisz, and Harbor just holding it all down so well. When we get all four together at once, it’s great.

The movie is longer than it has to be. And the story, is a bit brutal, with some truths baked into it’s premise that takes away a little of the family magic you might expect from the MCU. It’s a very adult film in that regard. And I wouldn’t call it a top 10 Marvel film.

But it’s really good. And I very much recommend it. Especially if you’ve missed hearing that wonderful Marvel theme as much as I have.

STAY FOR THE CREDITS. ALL THE WAY!

Black Widow

GRADE: B+

Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes

Rated: PG 13

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