My pre-watch notes were "nobody/unaccomplished director and released AFTER the holiday after being delayed three times." So the bar was low for this, especially given the viewer critiques here. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Good production values, decent action scenes, and comic-relief scattered throughout. Scarlett's "Natasha" character was a bit too intense, too serious throughout so that wasn't endearing, however "Yelena" was spunky and funny when ribbing Natasha about her action poses, and the "Red Guardian" was awkwardly funny throughout, too, so those elements can't be denied. But some elements of the plot towards the end went stupidly implausible and things ended up a little too tidy instead of the mess it should've been which would've led better to any sequel. Final note, the various black widows were colloquially called widows which didn't make good sense since they were more once tiny child orphans (of a sort) than once-married widows, so that piece of backstorying is weak.