As the perspective is everything in reviewing movies I should explain myself from MCU movies, I'm an 80% MCU fan and 20% DCU fan, on the other hand, I'm a 60% DC characters fan and 40% Marvel characters fan, and of course "Black Widow" isn't in my top 10 favorite Marvel characters list -which is doesn't really exist but if I did it someday I'd never put Black Widow in it- So you should know that I'm not the number one Black Widow fan and so does the majority of people because she has never been introduced as a main character on the silver screen before.
So if this was not an MCU movie, I wouldn't watch it
But let put that beside and let's talk cinema.
The action was lousy, and I blame whoever put Cate Shortland in this project, she has never made action movies before and that's her first time to be on a blockbuster movie, and unfortunately, she failed to give us a single good action sequence.
There's a scene, Scarlett Johansson's stunt double face is fully clear and much more stupid things.
Editing was trying to hide the actresses' laziness and the director's lack of experience by fast cutting the scenes to hide stunt doubles faces but that made the action sequences experience even worse, I almost had a headache.
The movie's CGI is cheap, it really can harm your eyes, in 2021 and they did that how come? Hands down it's one of the worst.
I saw a lot of people talking about Florence Pugh's performance, and that surprised me, not if she was bad or something, her performance was actually good, but you guys saw better performance than David Harbour's? He stole the show He's the best thing in the movie, his comedy scenes killed me, honestly without him I'd rate the movie 4/10 Scarlett Johansson's performance is Scarlett doing Black Widow, not Scarlett doing Nicole from "Marriage Story": A lot of superhero poses and 0% effort of doing action scenes without a stunt double.
Rachel Weisz's performance was just meh.
In any movie -especially a superhero one- I'd love to see a good villain like Thanos or Loki and so on.
In this movie, I saw a bad-written one, he has absolutely no motive for his actions, I know he's a metaphor for masculinity and how a lot of men shutting females' mouths and control their actions, but the metaphor wasn't enough, I wished for more, I wished for a better character with real motive.
In the end, it's not a bad movie, but it shall have been a better one.
It's an average Marvel movie, just don't expect much, and you'd have fun.