“Widows” - Movie Review
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Directed by Steve McQueen
Written by Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn based on a book by Lynda La Plante
With Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki…
With “Widows”, Steve McQueen creates a modern heist movie interlacing political, racial and gender themes topped with great plot twists and stunning camerawork.
The film starts with Harry (Liam Neeson) and his team of criminals dying during a robbery gone wrong.
Soon after, his wife Veronica is visited by the man whose money he stole from to demand his $2 million. Harry left her with his notebook describing the plan for his next heist - $5 million hiding in a safe somewhere in town - enough to repay the debt and to pay the robbers.
Veronica then recruits two of the other widows for the job. Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) who was beaten by her husband Florek (Jon Bernthal) and Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) married to gambler Carlos (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo). The fourth widow Amanda (Carrie Coon) has her own reasons for not joining the team.
In need of a driver the team also recruits Linda’s babysitter Belle (Cynthia Erivo).
None of these four women are criminals but they agree to this job to reclaim their independence, stand up for themselves and regain control of their lives.
All of the performances are great in the film. I especially loved Viola Davis who portrays Veronica as a commanding woman, but I think she is at her best in the more intimate and grieving scenes where she displays her insecurities.
For me, the character who grows the most is Alice played by the talented Elizabeth Debicki. She goes from being a manipulated wife and daughter who can’t do much to a fierce and resourceful woman reclaiming her self-respect.
The heist occurs in the midst of a political election that faces Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell) who wants to be different from his old-fashioned father (Robert Duvall) and Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) looking for power - that was his money that Harry stole.
Another great performance in the film is from Daniel Kaluuya who plays Jamal’s violent brother Jatemme.
The pacing of the movie is great and I thought it was beautifully shot with some interesting camerawork. It is also great to see more diversity on screen.
Thanks to these four incredible women I came out of the movie theater feeling like a badass. So if you are looking for a good and different crime movie go see “Widows”, you will leave feeling like you can do anything.