Black Widow by Cate Shortland Film Review

After years of delay, the standalone Black Widow film is finally upon us, and I can gladly confirm that it did not disappoint.

A story that celebrates and openly condemns the very essence of espionage in a pre-covid world, drawing inspiration from classic spy films such as the Bourne and Bond series, Black widow is an action-packed and poignant dramedy that simply feels refreshing and rare.

Alongside spectacular action sequences that were choreographed to a T, this film was gravitating with an unfamiliar emotional intensity that pulsated from each character on screen. There’s beauty in pain they say, and Black widow is the perfect representation of that. Buried deep down within its narrative, a remarkable journey of self-discovery was unearthed, splendidly emphasized, and impeccably performed.

Relationships and emotions are not something regularly explored within the superhero genre. However, this time around, they were openly excavated, and no stone was left unturned. From childhood traumas and abandonment issues to the importance of chosen family, Black Widow crafted world-class superheroes (or less) with far greater abilities than their super-strengths: a conscience and a heart.

Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour were wonderful. However, one actress managed to steal the spotlight with her unbelievable and absolutely captivating performance and that is the stellar Florence Pugh. In a movie centering around Johansson’s Black Widow, It was Pugh who rose to the occasion and burned everyone along the way.

Since this is a Marvel movie first and foremost, it is needless to mention that everything surrounding the film’s cinematography, color palette and even the score was absolutely phenomenal and really well-thought of. The film’s final combination of all of its elements was harmonious!

In an unexpected twist of fate, Black Widow might just be one of Marvel’s best emotional discoveries to date.

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