Australian director Cate Shortland, known for her femme-centric films that explore the woman — as opposed to human – condition, presents Black Widow’s two of the MCU’s beloved and well defined comic book blam! pow! take no prisoners female warriors as deeply traumatized women — sisters, in fact — whose troubled backstories — entailing what is essentially intensive child abuse — have rendered them to be emotionless killing machines who are filled with rage and completely devoid of love and unable to have babies — because, as one of them states quite notably, all of their reproductive organs were torn out of them.
The plot also involves the disposition of a chemical that will disable mind-controlling chips that govern the behavior of thousands of robotized women warriors — known as ‘widows’ — who are controlled solely by Drakov, the arch villain pimp of violence who intends to take over the world. Mind control is one of the film’s fundamental themes and, again, it is timely.
Scarlett Johanson and Florence Pugh, as Natasha and Yelena respectively, give complex and nuanced superheroine performances in which the quiet moments that reveal their relationship are more compelling than the bad ass fights that will satisfy the expectations of action fans, who will also be satisfied by the plethora of explosions through which the players parkour from impeding peril to transient safety. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN