bel’s review published on Letterboxd:
i have a lot to say about this movie.
the first part during natasha and yelena’s childhood felt like a completely different film compared to the rest of it, which, i guess may have been the point and i don’t mind it too much because both parts were very well done but it was still refreshing to see from the mcu (which, again, blockbuster franchise. i get it, i know). but on that note, while both parts were well done, the writing was stronger in the first part while the acting was stronger in the second. especially florence pugh, who as always, was absolute fucking magic. and to give scarjo a break, i thought she was pretty good in this and i think a lot of that has to do with cate shortland who did a phenomenal job of you, know, respecting natasha as a character and scarjo as an actor among other things. back to the writing in the second part, although i think it could have been fleshed out better and tighter, i didn’t have too much of a problem with the comedy as i thought i would. i think harbour and rachel weisz (milf of the decade) did a great job and could have been greater if they were given, you know … more. overall, it was both satisfying and bittersweet to see natasha’s character go, but i think it did her justice. i’ll stop talking now before i start building a shrine for florence …. (and oh my god, the end credits??)