STARRING : Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Elizabeth Debicki, Brian Tyree Henry, Carrie Coon, Coby Goss, Alejandro Verdin, Andre Holland, Bailey Rhyse Walters, Colin Farrell, Garret Dillahunt, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Lukas Haas, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.
SYNOPSIS : Wdows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
What do you expect when you see Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in a movie? Fire right?! Yes, thought as much but the movie struggled to score just above average. The movie started off with a passionate kiss from a rare interracial couple with flashing scenes from a failed robbery mission between the husband and his gang with gunshots flying around them and the police while the rear doors of the robbery van took to the ground before the entire vehicle is burnt in an explosion.
Afterwards, the movie introduces us to mother of two - Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) who just opened her shop, Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Amanda (Carrie Coon) who has a 4-month Old baby before the thuggish baby sitter Belle (Cynthia Erivo) entered the picture.
Widows showcases political wars, corruption, criminals, an impulsive robbery, different races and women taking on an occupation that is less associated with the gender. After a debt of $2million left behind by their husbands, 3 women and a random babysitter rallied together to save their lives and their future.
Viola Davis once again was on top of her game owning every scene she appeared in. Her body language, moments of grief, facial expressions and everything else was top notch. Shortly after her husband’s death, the corrupt Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) and his nefarious brother Jatemme (Daniel Kuluuya) approached Veronica stating her husband stole $2m from him which was for his political campaign.
This led to the discovery of her dead husband’s diary which contained plots for previous and future heists. The next job was a whooping $5m one which would certainly be enough for Veronica and the other widows to pay the debt and start their lives afresh.
Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell) is Jamal Manning’s opponent at the polls for 18th Ward Alderman, he and his racist father Tom (Robert Duvall) managed to put on a great show throughout the movie.
The movie directed by Oscar winner, Steve McQueen provided worldclass cinematography, perfect music as well as sound effects.
Also, another huge positive from the movie is the ever-superb Viola Davis while Daniel Kuluuya continues to stake a huge claim in the World’s largest movie industry. In addition, Cynthia Erivo was super great and might be all over the movie screens in the near future.
However, the star-studdedness of the movie or just because it was a female heist doesn’t give it a free pass.
The plots were average at best! And who reveals the major plot twist of a movie halfway into it??!
Some scenes were painful to watch, especially the incessant flashback of Veronica and Harry’s marriage.
Now here comes the funniest part, how did a gang of novice female thieves become sudden professionals within a week?? I get what they tried to do but it was way tooo easy.
In addition, while the trailer portrayed the movie as a heist movie, the elections took the greater portion of it. In as much as they were trying to lay emphasis on political corruption, more focus should have been centered on the heist itself.
The most ridiculous part of the movie has to be when Linda tried to get someone to help her figure out an important plan of the heist, only for her and the stranger to have their lips tangled after discovering they suffered the same grief. That scene was really annoying and sad to watch. It was absolutely unnecesseary and I'm still wondering why it wasn't edited.
Anyway, not to hint at more spoilers, you should see the movie but I don’t think you’d miss a whole lot if you also didn’t.