Power to these women
10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment
Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left thanks to their dead husbands' criminal activities.
Set in contemporary Chicago, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Right from a deftly woven introduction of the women and the heist that killed their husbands, it's clear that McQueen is in control of the material. It's a thrill to see him at play with genre tropes and Widows glides like so few cinema-packing thrillers do these days.
McQueen retains style without fussiness, choreographs action with a slick finesse and finds time in his muscular framework to infuse light social commentary, some dark comedy and, importantly, tight characterisation.
According to The Guardian, there are so many characters at play here, but McQueen and Flynn's script manages to let them all breathe, giving each actor small defining moments and given the exceptional cast involved, it makes for a richly rewarding experience.
According to reviewers, Davis has the effortless ability to fiercely command any scene that she's in while she's equally adept at conveying unfiltered heartbreak and the moments where she allows herself to mourn, however brief, sting with sadness.
Debicki, whose star presence seems to increase with every performance, delivers a powerful portrait of a woman finally gaining strength; Rodriguez, freed from the B-movie shackles that often restrict her, finds space for a more grounded turn; while a standout Daniel Kaluuya brings toxic menace to every scene he is in, as a man hot on their heels, simmering with violence.
Widows also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
WE give it 4 out of 5.
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