Nat’s review published on Letterboxd:
If Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow got the trilogy it most definitely deserved, it would have been Marvel’s best trilogy hands down. Especially with Cate Shortland attached to it.
Scarlett Johansson is faultless and exudes excellence and the same can easily be said about Florence Pugh. Scarlett is striking, exceptional and damn near perfect. Her performance was stellar but, the flawed, complex yet empowering character she portrays, Natasha, deserved 3 films and this film was long overdue.
Florence Pugh, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is a force to be reckoned with. One of the finest actors of our day and age. Flo was exquisite as Yelena. A fan favourite from the first 10 minutes alone. The humour and banter between the characters felt so natural, as though we were watching the actors interact in those scenes, not their characters.
David and Rachel were absolutely brilliant and humorous, they really helped make the film all the more special and beautiful. I hope to see more from them in future MCU projects.
Black Widow was everything I hoped for and more. A truly phenomenal, breathtaking, beautiful, spectacular and near flawless, thrilling spy film. The first 10-15 mins alone was the best introduction/title sequence for a film I have seen in a long time.
The chemistry between the actors felt so natural and real which I really loved and felt the most natural in the whole of the MCU, specially Yelena and Natasha’s dynamic.
It was beautiful to see.
It didn’t at all feel like a Marvel film most of the time and what I love the most about it is the fact that as far as the fight scenes go, the female actresses’ hair and outfits are practical. At times, viewing this film as a woman myself made me feel empowered without having the film push that agenda on me and that speaks volumes.
The action was stunning, well executed and flawless. The combat scenes genuinely were so well choreographed. It was honestly faultless. Taskmaster however, that was a bit of a letdown. I expected and wanted more and I suppose the film makes up for it in many other ways. CGI was also quite off in the third act but, the film redeemed itself as a whole.
This film deserve all the hype and the filmmaker, stunt doubles, actors, Stan Lee and everyone else involved in the project deserve all the love, admiration and appreciation in the world in my opinion. I cannot fathom enough how much this film already means to me.
And, the MOST IMPORTANT part is how the Red Room as a whole is an allegory for trafficking. Although the second half goes back into that Marvel formula we all know, this film succeeds in setting itself apart from any other film in the MCU. Trafficking is something that needs to be discussed a whole lot more and this film speaking on that is important as it creates conversation.
Finally… FEIGE!!! Why didn’t you give Natasha Romanoff a trilogy? That was another let down. The film left me feeling unbelievably frustrated, angry and upset knowing this was her only solo film when it’s one of the MCU’s finest films.
Nat deserved a trilogy.