Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
Black Widow has finally dropped in theaters and on Disney Plus and, let me tell you, it was worth the wait. The film had to be postponed for a number of reasons, the pandemic being chief among them, but the wait is over and it's by far one of the MCU's best films.
Black Widow finds Natasha on the run mere days after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Secretary Ross is hot on her trail, or at least he thinks he is. Natasha evades capture but it's not long before she's stumbled into trouble. Her long lost sister Yelena has sent her proof of chemical mind control among the Russian spy network. Yelena and Nat set out to bring down the Red Room once and for all.
Huge applause to both Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johansson for giving stellar performances. Florence showed a ton of growth as an actress, both in humor and in emotion. There's one scene in particular that she absolutely broke my heart and another where she made me laugh out loud. She was, without a doubt, the standout in the film.
David Harbour was outstanding as Red Guardian, a has-been Russian super soldier looking to make a comeback. David had a lot of funny moments, especially with Rachel Weisz. They also had a stellar dramatic scene together which set the stage for a major plot point in the film.
Now, for the subject people are itching to read about: Taskmaster. Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed with Taskmaster's part in the film. The mind control angle was great for the other Widows, but I felt like Marvel could have utilized Taskmaster better. Rather than being a Winter Soldier level threat, Taskmaster was more of a Whiplash level threat. Despite that minor issue, the film is near-perfection.
Be sure to stick around for the credits scene!
In conclusion, don't miss out on Marvel's grand return to the big screen. Black Widow is beautiful, action-packed, heartbreaking, shocking, and uplifting. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
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