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Black Widow

Black Widow

  • Directed by Cate Shortland
  • Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, William Hurt
  • USA | 133mins | 2021 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 2h 13m

This standalone adventure follows Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff on a personal errand to bring down the Red Room - a sadistic Russian training programme for female assassins, of which Natasha herself is an unhappy alumna.

In this, Marvel’s latest big screen offering, we finally get a deeper understanding of a fan-favourite character who’s been popping up in supporting roles for a decade. This is the palate cleanser the franchise needed, a self-contained, back-to-basics adventure that works just as well for newbies and casual viewers as it does for longtime fans.

You also get a pretty solid action thriller about a weird little family of Russian spies - Yelena - played with an irresistible punch by Florence Pugh, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, a washed-up Soviet rip-off of Captain America, and Rachel Weisz’s Melina, another Red Room graduate.

A thoroughly entertaining flick that is likely to please audiences with its action, wittiness, and great characters.