Upon first glance, “Widows” could quickly come off as just another heist movie. I’m sure to some; Viola Davis is just another actress. If you believe both of these statements, then I’m not sure we can be friends.
Steve McQueen’s “Widows” is a brilliant balance of explosive pulse-racing action, original writing, and a performance from an ensemble which will leave you speechless. While Gillian Flynn’s assistance in crafting the script played an important role in the film’s overall success, but McQueen’s directorial prowess played an important part as well. The critically acclaimed director of “12 Years A Slave” weaves themes of regret, deceit, helplessness, and rage effortlessly while managing to keep the narrative at an appealing brisk pace.
Viola Davis plays Veronica who is attempting to come to terms with her husband’s death (played by Liam Neeson) who died in the midst of robbery he was committing. Not only are the circumstances of his demise shocking, but he’s also now left Veronica a sizeable debt which must be repaid to crime boss Jamal Manning (Bryan Tyree Henry). These less than ideal circumstances results in her befriending the widows of each member of Harry’s crew, Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) crossing paths. When it becomes evident that Veronica’s late husband left plans to his final heist, they quickly must determine whether they have what it takes to finish what they started.
While it’s easy to point out how this is one of those rare releases where Neeson isn’t the hero of the tale, it would be idiotic not to mention how beautiful Davis, Rodriguez, Debicki, and Erivo were. While Davis’s intensity overtakes most scenes, the film clicks because of the chemistry between these four women. My hope is that we see more releases like this but we need audiences to support projects like this as well. Make a film like this a priority, and you can see what people are buzzing about this release.
‘Widows’ is one of the best movies of the year!