Black Widow

2021, Adventure/Action, 2h 13m

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Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast. Read critic reviews

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Black Widow serves up another savory helping of the blockbuster Marvel formula, with a fun family dynamic adding extra character development in the midst of all the action. Read audience reviews

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Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Cast & Crew

Scarlett Johansson
Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow
David Harbour
Alexei (aka the Red Guardian)
Olivier Richters
Muscular Gulag Inmate
Eric Pearson
Screenwriter
Victoria Alonso
Executive Producer
Louis D'Esposito
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Nigel Gostelow
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Scarlett Johansson
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Brad Winderbaum
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Gabriel Beristain
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Lorne Balfe
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Charles Wood
Production Design
Jim Barr
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John Bush
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Jany Temime
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  • 22h ago
    This. Was. Fun! Welcome back Marvel -- oh how we missed ye. Florence Pugh as Yelena is just fantastic. When I first saw her in Midsommar, her uncontrollable sobbing in the beginning annoyed me. But she grew on me as the movie went on. She looks almost exactly the same but is transformed here and is frankly perfect as Natasha's willful younger sister. "You're a total poser." - Yelena mocking Natasha's hair-flip fight stance. David Harbour is just as good. This is the Hellboy we deserved. The scene where he's fat and disheveled breaking out of the Siberian prison is awesome. He's as gruff as he is in Stranger Things but in a more gleeful "I just don't give a fuck" way. There's are a few scenes where I busted a gut laughing at him. And then there's the tender moment with Pugh where they sing Don Mclean's classic "American Pie:" So, bye-bye, Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry And them good ol' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye Singin', "This'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die There's a bit of Fast and the Furious unbelievability in the big action sequences but that may just because there's no Norse God's, Iron Men or super soldiers flying through steel girders anymore. This is the first MCU movie where the 2 hour plus time wore on me. But that was likely to do the padded time for "family" building. They could've cut a lot of that out, but leaving it in added some depth to the storyline. And the tonal inconsistencies and odd joke placements were more noticeable than usual, especially some that made me cringe. Overall more backstory and flashbacks on the Red Room would've helped a lot. It wasn't explored enough to bring enough dramatic heft to its evilness. Yes, this was derivative -- major Bourne and Mission Impossible vibes, TaskMaster is basically Snake Eyes from GI Joe, everybody has Captain America shields, and so on. But that didn't bother me a bit. In conclusion, I'm glad the MCU movies are back. It made me realize how much the TV shows pale in comparison to the pure spectacle of a movie juggernaut. Or maybe its just watching an honest-to-God MCU summer blockbuster on my 4K HDR Dolby Atmos home theater system. While its 115 degrees out -- in freaking California. P.S. There's a scene where they are drinking vodka like water. I can confirm having been to Russia a bunch of times that is pretty typical and I have the lost liver cells to prove it. MCU Smackdown (in a booming Michael Buffer announcer voice). MCU #24: You made me wait two freaking years Marvel.
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  • Jul 10, 2021
    Good film! With all the ingredients of your usual solid Marvel production. Fun characters, glib dialogue, charming family dynamics and spectacular action set pieces. I was hoping for a darker, more Cold War era centric espionage film that focused on her origins and upbringing. It seems arbitrary to tell a side story that takes place just after Civil War but at the same time it works thematically and callback to existing lore will gratify MCU fans. Black Widow doesn't really feel like a fresh, powerful installment to the MCU but it gives stronger emotional context to Romanov's sacrifice and establishes great new characters that we'll see more in the future.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2021
    The movie is at its best as a dysfunctional family action comedy, where you can forget about the undercooked plot and just enjoy the cast arguing and blowing things up.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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