'Black Widow' Review
It's the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in two years... and you can catch "Black Widow" in theaters and on the web.
Scarlett Johansson first played Natasha Romanoff in 2010's "Iron Man 2". In "Black Widow" we get her character's origin story when she was a child and then fast-forward to events that take place just after 2016's "Captain America: Civil War". In order to take down an evil mastermind maniac, Natasha must reunite with the three family members she spent three years with when she was young.
Florence Pugh plays sister Yelena. She and Johansson have decent chemistry, especially early on. David Harbour's Alexi (aka Red Guardian) is goofy and unlikable. Rachel Weisz doesn't add much as Melina, and Ray Winstone as the evil Dreykov is one of the most bland villains ever in the MCU.
The highlight here is the choreography. Action and chase sequences dominate the first half, along with some surprisingly grounded moments. But once characters arrive at a cabin, the momentum comes to a halt and this film never recovers. The second half is unoriginal and uninteresting, with some truly weak visual effects.
"Black Widow" gets Disney's Marvel saga going again, but it's a disappointing re-start.