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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
On the run from S.H.I.E.L.D, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) uncovers a conspiracy that forces her back into the lives of her adoptive family.
Although let down by a weaker second half, this is still a fun and entertaining superhero/ action film. It does a great job of exploring the Black Widow character more and the inclusion her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh) adds a really compelling dynamic to the story. The introduction of Taskmaster is great and genuinely makes the character seem like the imposing force they are in the comics but the character doesn't have as much impact throughout the rest of the film. A second half revelation about the character sort of explains why but the execution dilutes the character a bit.
Johansson and Pugh deliver two fantastic performances as Natasha and Yelena with the final scene they share together being a highlight. David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are also on great form as their adoptive parents Alexei and Melina. O.T. Fagbenle, William Hurt, Olga Kurylenko and Ray Winstone provide very good support.
From the very tense opening scene to the inventive action filled finale, Cate Shortland creates a very claustrophobic spy thriller that involves superheroes.
Final thought: The second half lets it down but this is otherwise an entertaining superhero film.