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Black Widow

Published July 9, 2021

Black Widow

Film info

  • Title Black Widow
  • Director Cate Shortland
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 14m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Tagline She's done running from her past

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.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:45 Man, kids are so bendy!
5:23 Ah, one of those emergency situations… what do you take with you?
8:04 Hey, 90s Shield, show me Coulson!
14:21 Brutal start!
21:21 Ooh, Taskmaster protocol! Send in Alex Horne.
23:56 “People who have friends don’t call me.”
25:18 I love that she knows Bond word for word, I need to know Bond better.
30:58 It never fails to impress me the number of backup stashes spies have.
39:39 Dude that tank is drifting round corners.
50:00 “I don’t really have anywhere to go back to so I guess anywhere.”
58:33 Helicopters are the actual worst.
1:06:27 Captain America has legit never mentioned him before.
1:08:35 I hope the pigs don’t get hurt.
1:16:25 Worrying moments for Alexei the pig there.
1:25:59 Enjoying that Melina clearly also had to throw on emergency eyeliner when she put on her suit.
1:36:22 Hard to be scared of the Betfair guy.
1:44:12 I do like that he wasn’t strong enough to break her nose… like she wanted.
1:59:17 I hope they haven’t landed in a civilised area. So much carnage.

Thoughts

Wahey, this was a great movie and totally worth waiting for! Finally Scarlett Johansson gets to take centre stage and this is such a great movie for her but also as an ensemble piece with her extended family. It took a little while to get going, filling in that backstory and showing Natasha in hiding from the authorities, but once the action started and the espionage got under way, it was a rollercoaster ride to the end.

It leaned in very heavily on other genres, so Bond, so Star Wars, so Tomb Raider, but equally had plenty of innovation for itself - I loved the trick with the car door, some of the fighting moves were impressive, and I always love when Natasha gets to trick people and be smug about it afterwards.

And the family were good too - Florence Pugh absolutely stamped her mark on this film, and it was so lovely to see the relationship between these two kick-ass females develop as time went on. The dad was some light relief, while the mother was the twist in the tale, double agent, etc. The Russian accents weren’t too bad either! Loved it and already want to watch it again.

Rating: 5 / 5

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