REVIEW: McQueen directs new heist masterpiece with Widows

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen has shocked us for years, with films Shame and 12 Years A Slave.

While Widows may be his most commercial work, it shows a maturity that only solidifies has name as one of the best directors working.

Set in the Chicago streets, it follows four women who are tasked with repaying the debts incurred by their criminal husbands when a robbery goes awry, killing the crew and burning up the money.

The gangs whose money was stolen go for the wives, giving them a few short days to pay back millions, leaving the women with few options. So, they decide to do a job themselves, using the plans for their husbands’ next job.

The story may sound cliche, and at times is, but the way Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn has constructed this dark, twisty girl power screenplay is truly commendable.

With an impeccably, insatiably satisfying story and four great actresses in lynchpin Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, this is one of the most entertaining, gratifying experiences of the year.

I need to say this: Viola Davis is, without a doubt, unequivocally Oscar-worthy in this role, and she holds this entire film together. The only other people who comes close are Colin Farrell, who plays dirty politician Jack Mulligan, and hired gun Jatemme, played by Daniel Kaluuya.

If I saw Kaluuya, the breakout star of last year’s Get Out, and Davis in the Oscar mix, I’d be delighted, though Widows has seen no love this year.

With some great supporting performances from Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry, Liam Neeson, Jacki Weaver and Robert Duvall, the film Widows amounts to a stacked deck.

McQueen and company have made a dark, atmospheric and undeniably appealing thriller, and it needs to be recognized.

4.5/5 Stars

 

 

 

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