Director Steve McQueen’s follow up to 12 Years a Slave is a crime thriller, set in Chicago, following four women’s attempt to deal with the debt left by their dead husband’s crimes.
Starring Viola Davis (Fences), Liam Neeson (Taken), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast 5), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager), Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and Robert Duvall (The Godfather). This is a great cast led by a director at the top of his game.
Given the intense nature of McQueen’s previous work, (Shame, Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) I wasn’t sure what to expect from Widows. I shouldn’t have worried. It is a brilliant thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. There are twists and turns, betrayals and action. But the central element that keeps it all together is the characters. They all feel totally believable with their own realistic story arcs. I particularly liked how the women were drawn into the unrelenting world of crime whether they liked it or not. It’s a suffocating place to be with dangers around every corner (seemingly without escape). The script was co-written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
The film also addresses some of the social themes we see today. The women are facing domestic problems such as childcare, relationships and money while we also see the political battle for power between the old guard fighting against a percived threat from immigrants (remind you of anyone?) and the local, church-backed, gangsters who want their neighbourhood back. A superb scene features Colin Farrell’s car journey from a political appointment in a run-down area of the city to the rich suburbs in one continuous shot.
I thought I recognised the score from The Dark Knight. I was correct as it is Hans Zimmer. Another great score from the German
Rating – 8/10
Should you go and see it – Yes definitely. A great thriller, brilliantly led by Viola Davis as the Widow whos only hope is a notebook and crew of three women thrown together by the death of her husband’s gang.