WIDOWS (2018) Review
Directed by Steve McQueen
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Steve McQueen’s heist drama led by the incomparable Viola Davis is a true testament that we do whatever it takes to live, to continue living, to survive.
That’s the main point of Widows, but how writer Gillian Flynn and director Steve McQueen tells its story is what makes it even more incredible. A heist film mostly showcase the preparations and how to pull-off a perfect crime but in here, we see damaged individuals who needs to do something to live, to tell people they’re more than what they are.
Another thing that makes Widows different from other heist films is that its emotionally driven. The film tells what the characters have gone through, going through and the pain and drive of how they want their future to be.
It’s not the grandest heist film out there but Widows does something even more than just showcasing the talents of its actors in a crime thriller, it does more by creating a story that packs a punch.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Widows’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.