What DOES work about Widows are the performances, the direction, and some of the themes. Racial themes abound, as well as institutionalized corruption, and cursory examinations of socio-economic inequality. Steve McQueen tends to focus on characters who suffer for the sins of another. (See: Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave.) It doesn‚(TM)t quite reach the same artistic heights of those works or gut punch you as hard, but it still serves as a competent mid-range picture. Viola Davis headlines here, and does what she does best - emote better than anyone else in the business. Elizabeth Debicki (always underrated) forms the second half of the ‚widows‚? plotline and plays well off Davis. Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Rodriguez also give more than competent work. Daniel Kaluuya is probably going to be typecast as a villain after this and Black Panther, and it‚(TM)s a good fit ‚" he is a chilling nemesis. And there are other conflicted characters played by Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Robert Duvall that blur the moral lines and offer no easy answers. And that‚(TM)s the gist of it. Widows is a well-directed dark caper, with a lot on its mind, but it‚(TM)s let down by fairly typical and predictable writing, not comparing at all to McQueen‚(TM)s previous work. It‚(TM)s worth a viewing, but aside from a couple of performance nods, this is not best picture material.
Nate‚(TM)s Grade: B
THEN I FIND OUT it is written by the woman who gave us Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
AND directed by the man who gave us
Best Picture Winner 12 Years A Slave.
What could go wrong, right?!
RIGHT?! Well, everything sadly.
This is the most disappointing movie of 2018 for me, and it pains my soul to write that to you.
This movie is a big, boring train wreck that tries to mix so many different genres into a boiling pot
ie. part political intrigue thriller, part heist thriller, part gangster, throwing in 'elaborate' twists at points to lure you back that are so unoriginal, it sank this movie for me.
There are two people that shine in this movie and I will give them credit. The first being Daniel Kaluuya, who you'll recognize from Get Out, playing an absolutely heartless, street thug and brother to the man who got robbed in the beginning of the movie. He's so unlikable and cold in this, that it made me think how amazing it would be to see him in more villain roles in the future.
The other is Elizabeth Debicki, who we see as an abused and fragile wife to one of the murdered men. As the film progresses, we see her start to toughen up a bit and realize she doesn't have to take anyones shit anymore and it was applause worthy.
As the ole saying goes,
"Was the juice worth the squeeze?", and the answer is no, as the build up to the third act heist and the heist itself is so bland and short lived, the two hours it took to get to it just doesn't seem worth while.
Grade : C-
Waste of Irish talent.