manda’s review published on Letterboxd:
It wouldn’t have been a true Black Widow movie without the hand-to-hand combat and brilliant fight choreography. You felt every hit because the sound design made it crisp. The score also worked well during fight scenes but not enough to make it stand-out like some other original pieces. These fight scenes are on par with those in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and that is why I loved those scenes, especially when Romanoff was fighting. The main issue with Black Widow is that this does not feel like her movie. Majority was a set up for Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. I’m not complaining because I adore her, but it still didn’t sit right with me. It felt like Johansson was sidelined in her own film, it was supposed to be her moment.
Black Widow is your typical MCU film but the fight choreography is what puts it above majority of them. The banter between Natasha and Yelena was perfect. Their chemistry was electric and you could genuinely feel the love between them. It’s interesting because towards the end of Natasha’s arc, she became the heart of the team. She has changed the most out of all of them and we really see that in this film. Again, I have to praise Cate Shortland for giving us an action-packed film, with so much heart, key emotional moments, spurts of humour, and a post-credit scene that will knock your socks off.
Make sure to catch Black Widow in theatres or on Disney Plus Premier Access July 9th!
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