Movie Review – ‘Black Widow’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

At last! I’ve seen the movie ‘Black Widow’! Admittedly I saw it on Disney+ with Premier Access rather than at the cinema, but I’m glad I’ve seen the movie ‘Black Widow’ starring Scarlett Johannson at last! I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie for a while. I’m happy that it’s out!

This movie was meant to begin the fourth phase of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ and was meant to be released in May 2020. Sadly that didn’t happen as the film got delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic – please keep safe. Thankfully the film has been released both at cinemas and on Disney+.

I made predictions about the movie ‘Black Widow’ back in September 2020. Earlier this year, I saw the shows ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ on Disney+ and I’m currently enjoying ‘Loki’. ‘Black Widow’ is the first ‘MCU’ movie in a while since ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

Was it worth seeing ‘Black Widow’ in the end? Absolutely! I’m glad I’ve seen a brand-new ‘MCU’ film lately and Scarlett Johansson is excellent as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, joined by Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz. 🙂

Mind you, I’m not sure if ‘Black Widow’ was a film that needed to be made. Don’t get me wrong! I’m glad Scarlett Johansson has been given a chance to shine in her own solo movie for a change after she had been in previous ‘MCU’ films going from ‘Iron Man 2’ to ‘Avengers: Endgame’. It’s all superb!

But knowing what happened to Natasha in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and the movie seeming to acknowledge that in the post-credits sequence, it does seem final that there aren’t going to be more ‘Black Widow’ movies with Scarlett Johannson after this. It’s such a shame as I have liked her character.

‘Black Widow’ takes place between ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Natasha is on the run after violating the Soviet Accords from that movie. She’s also forced to confront a conspiracy tied to her past which involves her family that isn’t really her family in the film.

It was intriguing to learn some more of the backstory of Natasha’s character, especially in terms of how she began as an assassin for hire from the days of being a kid. We get to meet her sort-of sister, her sort-of mother and her sort-of father who end up being a rather dysfunctional family in the film.

As well as Scarlett Johnannson, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena Belova…also known as Black Widow, who is like a sister-figure to Natasha. It was intriguing to see the sisterly relationship between the two. There’s also David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov a.k.a. Red Guardian who is like a father-figure to Natasha and Yelena. There’s also Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff…also known as Black Widow, who is like a mother-figure to Natasha and Yelena. I saw Rachel Weisz recently in ‘The Favourite’. 😀

There’s also O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason, an ally from Natasha’s S.H.I.E.L.D. past who’s romantically interested in her, though nothing comes of it. 😦  There’s Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov a.k.a. Taskmaster who doesn’t say anything in the film and is determined to fight against Natasha’s lot.

Ray Winstone (who voiced Mr. Beaver in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ 2005 film) stars as General Dreykov, the head of the Red Room and is the film’s main baddie. There’s also William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross who’s on the hunt for Natasha Romanoff in this.

The film concludes with Natasha (now blonde-haired as White Widow) meeting up with Rick Mason and about to free the detained Avengers from the end of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, tying into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. The post-credits scene takes place after Natasha’s death in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ where Yelena meets up with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine for her next assignment.

Contessa Valentina briefly appeared in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series. The film ‘Black Widow’ was meant to come out first before ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, but the Covid-19 pandemic messed schedules up. Yelena’s new assignment is to take out Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye.

Ah, that must be a tie-in to the upcoming ‘MCU’ show called ‘Hawkeye’. Mind you, Hawkeye wasn’t really responsible for Natasha’s death as Contessa Valentina tells Yelena. I wonder if Yelena will hear Clint Barton/Hawkeye’s side of the story of what did occur when Natasha had self-sacrificed herself.

‘Black Widow’ has been an enjoyable ‘MCU’ film to watch and I’m glad I’ve been able to see it on Disney+ with Premier Access. I don’t think it was a movie that needed to be made and it’s an unusual start in Phase 4 of the ‘MCU’ in terms of movies. But I’m pleased I’ve been able to see it in the end.

I look forward to what’s up next in the ‘MCU’ in terms of movies including ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, ‘Eternals’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. Whether I’ll see these movies on the big screen or wait till I see them on Disney+, I don’t know. I hope they’ll be worth watching soon. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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