Since seeing Iron Man 2, maybe every MCU fan has wanted to see a Black Widow film. After a lengthy wait, we finally received our favorite Natasha Romanoff's stand-alone film. Has the film, on the other hand, done justice to this character? Many people couldn't agree. Many individuals have already given their opinions on the film Below Average. Here, you will get to know the truth after reading the review of the Black Widow (2021) movie.
However, I did not think the film to be particularly horrible. Sounds like a lot of the MCU's middling films. The film Black Widow was scheduled to be released in June 2020 but owing to the Corona epidemic, it was instead released on June 29, 2021, in select theatres across the United States, as well as on the Digney+ Ott platform via pay-per-view. Due to the Corona pandemic, the film grossed $379 million at the box office. This article will give you an honest review and film summary of Marvels' movie Black Widow (2021).
Movie Name - Black Widow (2021)
Genre - Adventure, Action
Director - Cate Shortland
Release Date (Theaters) - July 9, 2021 (United States)
Main Casts - Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), David Harbour (Alexei Shostakov, Red Guardian), Rachel Weisz (Melina Vostokoff), Ray Winstone (Dreykov), O.T. Fagbenle (Mason)
IMDB Rating - 6.7/10
Rottentomatoes Score - 79%
Budget - $200 million
Box office Collection - $379.6 million
The film's narrative starts with Natasha's childhood. It depicts how a group of young children is taught in the Red Room to become soldiers like Black Widow. The Red Room team was involved with Natasha's family. That's why Natasha was also taken to the Red Room for training, along with her younger sister Yelena. Natasha was able to escape and join the Avengers squad at one time. The primary plot of the film begins when Natasha is assaulted for some vaccine in the aftermath of the Civil War. This time, the tale continues with the purpose of those vaccines and the final interaction between Red Room and Natasha.
Even though the film was released in Phase 4, it is really a Phase 3 film. Given Natasha's death in Avengers: End Game, it's logical to assume that this film is based on a scenario set during Phases 1-3.
One of The Best Marvel Intro
The movie's first entrance sequence was excellent. It appeared to be a film that will be remembered for a long time. It was one of the most impressive opening sequences I've ever seen in Marvel or any film series. The movie's background has been complemented with one of the sister-chilling covers of Nirvana's song. Dark was a topic with which the mind was engrossed, and it was a nice montage. Malia J. has done honor to music with this Nirvana song. However, this montage should have been displayed in greater detail; doing so would have improved the film's quality a few more times.
The opening of the film is quite intriguing, so the audience will be glued to the screen from the start. The screenplay of the film is rapid initially, although it may feel a little slow as it progresses to the major narrative. The movie's second half might have been better. Because this is a film about Natasha's early life, the focus has been on her past. And it's been proven in a straightforward manner. Overall, the plot was straightforward. There are also a few minor twists.
New Character Development
The directors' major goal, I believe, was twofold. One is the involvement of Natasha's family in her tale, which increases our compassion for her, and the other is the introduction of Yelena's character in the MCU. They did an excellent job of presenting Yelena, even though they couldn't get the family part to work.
The fact that Florence Pugh plays Yelena is the reason I enjoy this film the best. She's done a fantastic job. I admire her a lot since her performances constantly fascinate me. The same thing occurred in this case. She is just flawless. Furthermore, this persona has altered her in a remarkable way. She steals the attention from Scarlett Johansson in a few instances. The audience will like the connection between Scarlett and Pugh. It's nice that they have such a strong sisterly closeness.
Rachel Weisz and David Harbour were fantastic in their roles as the MCU's newest members. I assumed Alexei was a serious character, but in the film, Harbour serves as comedic relief. Although it is expected that comedy would be incorporated in the MCU film, Harbour should have also appeared in certain serious or emotional situations. Dreykov, played by Ray Winstone, was not very memorable as the film's major villain. As a major MCU villain, he did not live up to the fans' expectations.
Scarlett Johansson has given her best performance ever. Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, is always fantastic. And this time, the entire film was on her shoulders, which she handled admirably. She will undoubtedly be known as Black Widow for the rest of her life. She'll probably never reprise this role, therefore it's a great shame that her last MCU film is so forgettable.
For a basic goal, this Simple Solo film was shot in five nations. Georgia, Norway, Hungary (Budapest & Etyek), Morocco, and England are among the countries represented. Although the first scene was credited to Ohio, it was really shot in Georgia (Chamblee & Rome). The next two sequences from Cuba and Russia were filmed in England (Heyford & Surrey). I understand that every attempt has been made to supply a proper build-up from Scarlett Johnson's Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Farewell film.
Cinematography & BGM
What can I say about the cinematography, VFX, and BGM in this film? Marvel Studios' efforts are to be commended! Its cinematography appeals to me. The Black Widow theme in the teaser looked to me to be the greatest, with a lot of it matched to the Avengers theme. It was not, however, depicted in the film. Even back then, the BGMs were excellent.
We all know that action sequences are the most appealing aspect of each MCU film. I would agree that the climax action of this film was outstanding, but viewing these moments at home is not as entertaining as watching them at the theatre. The action parts in the film were fantastic, with stunning visual effects. Marvel clearly did not cut corners on the budget in the action section. Overall, this type of action scenario has never been seen before in a Marvel film. The action chemistry between Black Widow & Taskmaster was so incredible!
Negative Side 01 - Story
However, the film did not go as far as the Black Widow persona was intended to go. I was expecting a fantastic creative plot from this film. We got a brief flashback to Natasha's Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I figured that in her own film, we'd be able to learn more. Because such events are not depicted in the film, and the events of the film take place after the Civil War, the film appears to be unneeded. The events of this film will have no effect on the rest of the MCU. Many times, during the film, it is said that many people see Natasha as their idol. However, it appears that the directors used this dialogue but did not take it seriously, resulting in a badly written script. Even Dreykov, the story's major villain, does not pose a significant danger.
Negative Side 02 - Taskmaster
The Avengers Comics initially introduced Taskmaster to Marvel in 1960. Taskmaster has also collaborated with several criminal organizations. At Taskmaster Comics, he served as a sleeper agent for multiple Marvel teams. As an anti-hero, Taskmaster got a lot of cult popularity among fans.
Taskmaster appears to be one of the film's antagonists. Before the film's premiere, however, Marvel kept the identity of Taskmaster a secret. This character was kept as a surprise or twist for the fans. The essential point is that, despite having so much privacy with this character, Taskmaster was mishandled in this film, which is why comic book fans are a little furious. Taskmaster has been kept in the film for no plain reason. Many people may find Taskmaster to be a disappointing villain in this film since, aside from his identification, he has truly little screen time, yet his combat skills are amazing. Many people consider him the MCU's weakest villain, but I refuse to call him a villain because he plays no part in the plot. This character reminds me of a movie's background character.
Post Credit Scene
We all know that seeing a Marvel film means sitting in the theatre for a post-credit sequence after the film has ended. This film is no different. This film's post-credit scene has a major twist that no Marvel fan should miss. Scarlet Johansson's journey to the role of Black Widow ends with this film. However, Florence Pugh's character's journey to Yelena does not. She will be seen again in the Disney+ Marvel TV series Hawkeye, as mentioned in the post-credit sequence.
Summary of the Review of the Movie Black Widow (2021)
Overall, I believe that out of these two films, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman 1984, the Black Widow film is the superior one in terms of quality. Although the plot is forgettable, the performances and action scenes appear to be typical of a superhero film. For a large audience, this film will be a delight to see. If this film had not been released in cinemas and on Ott at the same time, it would not have garnered as much negative feedback from fans, and its box office receipts would have tripled.
Overall, this film is not a horrible choice for people who are not MCU fans since if you enjoy action films and don't care about the plot, you will enjoy this film. And if you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow, good or bad, this is a must-see film for you.
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