TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Widows’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF '18 by - September 13, 2018
TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Widows’

You can only push a good woman so far…

Director Steve McQueen returns with Widows which is a gloriously slick heist flick that puts the ladies in the driver seats and gives us the layered storytelling that we expect from this filmmaker wrapped in a high gloss popcorn flick finish.

Veronica (Viola Davis) lives an idyllic life in a luxury condo with Rawlins (Liam Neeson).  However that comfortable existance was paid for by a life of crime and when a job goes wrong leaving Rawlins and his crew dead, Veronica’s life goes to shambles.  To make everything go from bad to worse, she gets paid a visit from a local crime lord who now determines that Rawlins and his two million dollar debt is now on Veronica’s shoulders.  She’s only got one out, round up the wives of her husband’s old crew to pull off one last job in order to get her out from underneath this mess and start a new life.

Steve McQueen splashes so much gritty style on to the screen here in Widows and it’s an embarrassment of riches throughout.  The script adapted by Gillian Flynn is a smart an energetic affair while McQueen lets the in’s and out’s of the narrative flow with ease alongside the epic and captivating Viola Davis as a woman looking to reclaim her life from the selfish nature of men.

Its popcorn entertainment with a stylish dash of smart social commentary which makes Widows a must see affair.

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