PaoAndrade’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really wanted to love this movie. Black Widow is one of my favorite characters in this universe; my favorite actually, tied with Tony Stark (you can imagine my state of mind in Endgame!). I always thought a prequel was the way to go, and not because of the plot necessarily, we all know the background, we can imagine how things went down, it was always about exploring her psyche at that time. Still, the idea of a post-civil was never bothered me, it just meant exploring her life, and choices a bit more removed in the future.
The problem with the movie is that I don’t think it did that. Scarlett Johansson was amazing as Natasha, and as much as I liked Florence Pugh as Yelena, to me Natasha was still the MVP (which is nice considering she is the protagonist). Everything surrounding Natasha is where the movie falters imo. I can only speak for myself, and I can’t even articulate it all that way, but it lacks what I feel is the essence of a black Widow storyline. I’ve never read the comics, and we haven’t gotten another solo movie of her, so how can I know what that essence is? I don’t know, I just know this wasn’t it.
I don’t want this to come off all negative, cause I do think it was a good movie, not the one I wanted, but a good movie nonetheless.
The first two acts were my favorites, it mixed action and dialogue heavy moments really well. The third act is when the story lost me and I started to understand my issues with the movie.
I’m sure with rewatches I’ll appreciate it more. The only MCU movie that has suffered from me watching it multiple times is Thor the dark world, and trust me, this isn’t on that level.