REVIEW: BLACK WIDOW (2021) More than a decade since it was first introduced through Iron Man 2


Appeared in nine films that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe , and watched his fellow female superhero characters adapted from comic series such as Captain Marvel and Wonder. Woman gets their single film first, Marvel Studios finally gives it a chance – or homage, considering what happened in Avengers: Endgame’s timeline(Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2019) – on the character Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow to star in a film that will tell the full story of the character. Despite being the first film in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storytelling, Black Widow’s main storyline itself is tied to a number of conflicts previously depicted in Captain America: Civil War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2016).

With a story script written by Eric Pearson ( Godzilla vs. Kong , 2021), Black Widow begins its story when Natasha Romanoff ( Scarlett Johansson ) is in hiding from the pursuit of the United States Secretary of State, Thaddeus Ross ( William Hurt ), who intends to arrested all members of The Avengers on charges of violating the Sokovia Accords agreement. In hiding, Natasha Romanoff is contacted by her adopted sister, Yelena Belova ( Florence Pugh ), who reveals that the head of a training program to create a Russian-made army of female assassins called the Red Room, Dreykov ( Ray Winstone).), who he thought Natasha Romanoff had gotten rid of is still alive. Given that their adoptive parents, Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian ( David Harbour ) and Melina Vostokoff ( Rachel Weisz ), have a relationship with Dreykov and the Red Room – they even had their two children included in the program, Natasha Romonoff and Yelena Belova immediately searched for the whereabouts of the two. their adoptive parents.

Honestly, it’s really nice to see Johansson and her character, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, finally able to act on their own without having to be under the shadow of characters like Captain America, Iron Man, or the Hulk. Luckily, Pearson’s script is able to carefully explore the various characteristics of the Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow figure which has made her presence so easy to like and combines it with a narrative setting with nuances of family drama, comedy, and captivating action. Of course, the formula used by Pearson is a typical formula for films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series about trying to subvert an antagonist character that is so familiar. Still, with careful management, this familiar formula can still be worked on to its full potential.

As a film that seeks to provide a complete scope of the story on the figure of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Black Widowit does not dig too far into the history or journey of these characters from the past. Of course, there are a few stories in the opening scene that form the relationship between the characters Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow with Yelena Belova, Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, and Melina Vostokoff as a family unit. The elements of the family drama are then developed to present many comedic moments that arise from the dialogue interactions that are created between the characters, action scenes involving the four characters in a number of fierce battles, and, of course, scenes with a warm emotional touch from the characters. the relationship that exists between them. Nothing more and it never feels personal.

Cate Shortland’s direction ( Berlin Syndrome , 2017) also clearly gives Black Widow energy to speak optimally. Shortland presents the film with a fast rhythm, but never feels rushed in executing each conflict or film scene. The visual effects arrangement, sound arrangement, and action choreography arrangement also appear satisfactory. Unlike other superhero characters from The Avengers who have special powers, the Black Widow character is a character who can only rely on his tactical intelligence and fighting abilities. Shortland was smart enough to understand this and make sure that Black Widow is a story presentation that celebrates the existence of the main character and his powers.

Black Widow was also able to impress thanks to the performance of her acting department filler. Johansson’s appearance clearly does not need to be doubted. Like Robert Downey Jr. for Tony Stark/Iron Man or Chris Evans for Steve Rogers/Captain America, it’s hard to imagine the Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow character being brought to life by another character. The character has been so attached to the figure of Johansson who is able to bring the character he plays to life with a straightforward manner. The strength of Johansson’s appearance also feels that the presence of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow will be missed by many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series in the future.

Pugh’s presence in the Black Widow storyline – and, of course, the line-up of stories that are set to appear in future presentations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – also produces many golden moments. Pugh was able to accompany Johansson’s iconic performance with ease. It’s not hard to see the figure of Pugh and the character of Yelena Belova to get a bigger portion of the story in the future. The film’s acting department has also solidified with performances by Harbor, Weisz, Winston, OT Fagbenle , and Olga Kurylenko.– although the characters played by Winston, Fagbenle, and Kurylenko seem to have a greater potential for storytelling that should be handled better. Very enjoyable presentation (and should have been given to the Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow character years ago).