Don Reviews "Black Widow"
Well, summertime is here, and that means the return of the summer blockbuster films and in the tradition of the last few, another Marvel film. Many (including me) feel like these and horror films are “critic proof”: no matter how bad it is, there will still be a certain number of fans who will go and give the studio their money. They could go as far as doing mashups like “Black Widow 2: Gets Under Her Skin” or “Ironman 5: Knighted by Cups” with guest director Terrence Malick, and they would still make money. Now myself, being a person without the “greek cred”, my question is the film worth seeing, or is it a brainless action film with no plot.
Directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault), “Black Widow” is upon us starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh (Marcella, Lady Macbeth), David Harbour (Hellboy), Rachel Weisz, and Ray Winstone (Beowulf). Taking place “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” this film flashes back between that period and her early childhood and the events that led Natasha (Johansson) and Yelena (Pugh) to becoming parts of the “Red Room,” which trains Black Widows. As adults, the “sisters” reunite to take down the organization that made them with the help of their “parents”.
The cinematography here is amazing as the story hops all over the globe, enhanced by lighting that keeps the mood of the story moving. Just like any Marvel film, there was a ton of CGI, but it works well. One thing that really did work for me (which I do not bring up too often) is the soundtrack, which brought the film to a whole different level for me. There was a lot of research that went into this, and it pays off.
With actors like Johansson, Harbour, and Weisz, I got what I expected. This was made even more awesome with Winstone as the villain responsible for making them into what they have become in a story that packs a lot of emotion and personal history. I am glad this film was made (unlike 1 or 2 past films in the MCU), and I will recommend it at a Saturday afternoon showing in the theaters and paying extra for something like Dolby Cinema.