“Widows”—a movie review   1 comment

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I became a fan of Viola Davis’s in 2008 when she stole her scenes from Meryl Streep in “Doubt” and I am fascinated by what she can do with her face in the “How To Get Away With Murder” television series and I never miss an episode. Though I haven’t seen any of the “Fast and Furious” films in which she has starred I have always felt some empathy for Michelle Rodriguez and her many run-ins with the law. I have heard a lot, both pro and con, about Cynthia Erivo regarding her star-making role on stage in the musicalized version “The Color Purple” but this is the first time I have seen her. Talking about the first time, I don’t ever recall seeing Elizabeth Debick before but once you do you won’t forget her and it would be a spoiler if I said anything more about that introduction!
The “Widows” is about women taking charge in basically what would be a men’s genre, a heist film. Director Steve McQueen, mainly known for “12 Years A Slave”, directs, and co-wrote the script with Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl”, keeping the pace quick with some outstanding camera work.
There are many twists and turns and at points, just a bit too much regarding sex, race, politics and social issues along with too much unnecessary violence but the film is easy to follow except near the end, which I’ll get back to in a minute.  No matter where the film goes the women always hold your interest which makes this a better than average heist film.
I do have a couple of questions about the ending but discussing them here would give away some major points and give away some of the surprises so after you have seen the film let’s talk!
The film could have been tightened up a bit regarding its over 2 hour playing time just by cutting out Robert Duvall’s storyline, not that he isn’t good but it really doesn’t add anything to the film, the storyline or the heist but does add to the Chicago politics of the time.
Be prepared for some laughs, certainly a jump out of your seat once or twice and definitely a jolt at some of the violence but “Widows” entertains plus allows the audience to watch some fine acting by the actresses. I am not ignoring the men but it is hard talking about their roles without giving spoilers except to say, maybe, that Liam  Neeson is Davis’s husband or that Colin Farrell is Duvall’s son, etc.
Just watching Viola Davis’s face is worth the admission alone!

Posted November 27, 2018 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Uncategorized

One response to ““Widows”—a movie review

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  1. It sounds like a great cast, but there’s something about the whole premise that just makes me think, meh.

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