August 2, 2021
General News

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh are superhero sisters in Black Widow

A sombre orchestral version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” scores the credits of Black Widow, the new Marvel blockbuster. “Here we are now/Entertain us” make fitting lyrics for a film long mothballed by Covid, whose release now speaks to a world of reopened cinemas. (Best not to dwell on the lines that follow: “I feel stupid/And contagious”.) Over the next two hours, the showcase for Scarlett Johansson as lone Avenger Natasha Romanoff works hard to provide just that entertainment. Action scenes have a Bourne-ish wham-bam. Comic asides land neatly. It also bumps into some of the complexities that arise when superhero movies try to join the real world. 

More of that later. For now we open in 1995 with a tale of two sisters in suburban Ohio. One is Romanoff, the other her younger sibling Yelena. The scene is an origin story, childhood suddenly…

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