Thursday, July 2, 2020

Review Widows (2018)


#Widows (2018): 8/10

Based on the novel of the same name by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote the excellent ‘Gone Girl’, Widows follows four recently widowed women and the fallout as a result of a heist by their husbands gone wrong. Steve McQueen (‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Shame’) utilises an impressive array of big names and talent, with some top performances on show.

Unlike ‘Ocean’s Eight’, which just felt like a playful heist with no serious repercussions, Widows is gripping and feels gritty and real right from the off, despite its lengthy running time and slow plot development, which may discourage some. Daniel Kaluuya is menacingly unnerving as sinister gangster Jatemme Manning, one half of the Manning brothers, who intimates with just a look; a surprise but welcome departure from previous roles. Viola Davis is Veronica, a widow who looks to her fellow widows for help carrying out her late husband’s next job for a final pay-off after being tracked down by the people her husband stole from. Perhaps the most satisfying performance comes from Elizabeth Debicki, who really takes us on her journey of self-discovery.

Widows really draws you in and keeps hold with great drama and some well executed set pieces and uniquely shot scenes. A film that is emotionally intense, dark and violent throughout.

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