Been two years since Spider-Man: Far From Home, and so two years since we last got an MCU movie. It was always going to be a tall order to compare notes on how Black Widow would stack up?
Think a conservative superhero film, but with James Bond spice. So in spite of things it is a maturer Marvel film. Finding Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on the run post-Civil War movie, she finally runs into her past.
Action-wise although too much shakycam it leans closer to the creativity of Skyfall compared to some of the weaker Marvel films. And although Johannson more than holds her own, as the protagonist’s sister Florence Pugh completely proves her worth as a continuous star. She hasn’t lost it yet.
It’s not until she appears though that Black Widow truly comes to life. Nor does it help that in Act 3 the tone becomes too hyperreal. Still, I was lucky to watch this on a huge IMAX screen and suggest you do the same. Just don’t take all your kids to see it?