You who arrive here without having seen yet Black widow, I’ll stop you there and redirect you to the spoiler-free review. Because yes, it spoils badly. Especially, it is aimed at a reader who has already seen the twenty-fourth feature film from Marvel Studios.
Are we good? Come on, let’s go, my coconuts.
Captain America’s greatest opponent
First of all, I wanted to emphasize how much I enjoyed the many easter eggs.
There is one in particular that made me delirious. The one where Alexei “Red Guardian” Shostakov goes on to wrestle in prison while telling a completely made-up tale about his clash with the Living Banner. Here comes a mastodon answering the name ofUrsa. Hey, that wouldn’t be the superhero Big bear in the comics, the one that is part of the Soviet version of the Avengers, Winter guard, with Red Guardian? Anyway, this Ursa doesn’t give a damn about Alexei and ends up with a broken wrist. There you go, Red Guardian is swinging a death punchline. I no longer have the exact line in mind, but it refers to a bear. Bam, Easter egg burst on the head. This combination of the easter egg and the gag killed me. It was then that I knew I was going to love the character of David Harbor.
The rest of her performance is on the same level as with this hilarious costume fitting. I don’t know how he did it, dude. He does ridiculous things, but still happens to be badass. It must be said that by posting 190 on the meter counter, it imposes some on its partners. Note also a moving scene where he sings the ballad of Don McLean, American pie. A great feat to have managed to move me, because I could not help having in mind Jim revising the positions of the Kamasutra with the help of a pie on the central island of the kitchen of his parents.
Well, I’m not gonna lie, the running gag about his rivalry with Captain america made me laugh every time. In any case, a real pleasure to see David Harbor at the top. Especially after Hellboy.
The heiress who will not resume the iconic pose
We now move on to my second favorite. Yelena Belova played by Florence pugh. I really liked his character. His performance having marked me the most, it was during the reunion meal. As Natasha keeps hammering that they are not a family, we feel that each of her lines is like a stab in the heart of Yelena. It’s almost imperceptible, but it’s finely played and adds a bundle of emotion.
For the rest, like Red Guardian, it sends heavy. Her first appearance as a manipulated Widow where she doesn’t hesitate to disembowel her target, that’s quite something. I was even surprised to see such an introduction for the one who should be the replacement of Scarlett Johansson before understanding. We will also note an excellent running gag where she doesn’t give a damn about Natasha’s iconic pose without forgetting this scene where she gets rid of this rather painful machine gun before realizing that it has triggered an avalanche.
So it’s particularly delighted that I discovered the post-credits scene. Not only, we find my little kif of the series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Valentina de fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but in addition, it has an unexpected link with the series Hawkeye to come up. I admit that I have a little trouble understanding why Yelena would blame Clint (nothing to do, but it reminds me of the little jokes during the passage in Budapest). In any case, the way is cleared to lead to the Dark Avengers and or Thunderbolts.
The Black Widow of the origins
For Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), unfortunately I don’t have much more to say compared to the spoiler-free review. Just that the engine destruction shot is kinda funny. Ah yes, also, it was really her who started to trigger the emotions in me. The scene where she is chatting with Alexei aside has that little something heartbreaking. The idea of separating from the children. As a well-informed spectator, we know, like Melina, that they are going to drool over time …
On the other hand, it is unfortunately at the heart of the part that I liked the least. The blow to the Impossible mission where the characters exchange their faces. It certainly allows an effective scene between Ray winstone and Scarlett Johansson (the fake slap shot, I’m sure Scarlett really freaked out), but hey. It’s so predictable and agreed, with the ridiculous “how we came up with the plan” scene as the icing on the cake that it kind of spoiled the last part of the adventure for me. Especially since it’s been a bit repeated with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The chore mistress
Fortunately there is the superb sequence where we discover the person under the mask of Taskmaster. Ok, we all guessed it was the girl. But all the same, discovering under the mask a Olga Kurylenko disfigured by fire combined with eyes so empty of life, it comes as a little shock. What a bullshit all the same to have put his scene on the opening credits, because suddenly, I expected it a little.
While we’re at it, let’s move on to this character. I think Marvel Studios has pulled it off with its Chore Master. He, or rather she, really has a T-1000 (not to mention the Winter Soldier) aura throughout the feature film. His first action scene sends heavy with this polished photograph. I just have one regret. We don’t have a long brawl action scene where Taskmaster changes his style in the middle of a fight. Because, unless I’m wrong, but in the film, with each action scene, a new style is released corresponding to an Avengers: Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther. But never, he does not chain them with the exception of the first confrontation where he combines Captain America and Black Widow.
I admit to being divided concerning the end. I would have loved a mano to mano fight at the top with the famous change of style. There is something heartbreaking about this scene where she asks if her father is dead. I hope we will see her again.
Once upon a time there was a widow
We now come to the last one: the Avenger. Strangely, I don’t have much to say. In fact, I’m just happy to see again Scarlett johansson one last time in the role. But I can’t tell myself it’s the last one. I do not know why. In fact, I think it’s because her arc is buckled in Avengers: Endgame. It was in this film that I really bid him farewell. At least there is the post-credits scene with this gravestone having made my heart ache. Anyway, it would’ve been a hell of an adventure by his side since Iron man 2 (2010) and eight films.
I would just note the extension of the inability to have a child for a Widow. An element that had been addressed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s put on the pan again and in a fun way. Among the easter eggs, I really appreciated the arrival of the classic costume with the golden tasers. Beautifully worn by Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson. Just like the jacket given by Yelena to Natasha. This is what will give extra pep to Avengers: Infinity War (as if he needed it) where we see her with this jacket… full of pockets.
A family. Families.
Now I wanted to talk about what surprised me. Emotion. Even more because she is in a place where I did not expect her. I expected to feel some emotion from Natasha’s farewell, but no, it all started with this totally surprising opening scene. You almost forget you’re in front of a Marvel Studios until Alexei flips a trailer with just the strength of his arms.
Just in passing, a special mention to the young Ever Anderson who plays the young version of Natasha Romanoff. She delivers a great performance and has a lot to do with triggering emotions. Anderson… Anderson? Like director Paul WS Anderson? Hey yeah, because that’s the girl he had with actress Milla Jovovich. When I read that, I thought damn it, but yeah. She really looks like her mother.
Black widow really revolves around the idea of family. Which makes a nice parallel with its script arc in the Avengers. So when in addition, the actors are really excellent, it gives beautiful moving scenes. Frankly hat, because I was not expecting that at all.
A clone of Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
The main criticism I would make Black widow. It is that there are a lot of similarities with the second episode of the trilogy dedicated to Steve Rogers. Enter Taskmaster as a Winter Soldier lookalike to mind manipulation. The Red Room in a superior version of Hydra. Steve Rogers-style fugitive Natasha following Nick Fury’s assassination attempt. These are similar little details during the first two-thirds of the feature film. After all, this is nothing new, because the structure already looks a lot like that of Terminator 2: The Last Judgment (1991).
On the other hand, it is in the last part where the similarity is a bit too strong. Between the flying base, a crash, the finality of the fight between Black Widow and Taskmaster close to that between Steve and Bucky. Without forgetting the blow of the mask to change identity. All to give a gigantic spectacular action scene. Nonetheless, and thankfully, Scarlett Johansson’s latest MCU film brings enough to make a difference.
Through Christophe Menat very hot to continue with the new characters.