Widows: Movie Review
By: Matt Suzara
After a robbery went wrong, four widows are left to figure out on how to pick the pieces to start over. However, after finding out that their husbands stole money from a soon to be political official; the debt is passed and they must find a way to settle it. Soon, with only a notebook to aid their side these woman plans for a job that they have never done before.
Widows' strength revolves around with its stellar cast that can easily issue the weight needed in the film. You've also got a very decent material that is handled really well by an outstanding Director in Steve McQueen. It aims to spread the story beautifully but slows down for a bit but when the pace picks up, it never faltered down and continues to bring a gripping picture that everyone could enjoy. There are also a lot of thrilling sequences to back it up plus unexpected twists that will bring more interesting angles to the story.
The only problem for me is that some of the camera work is a bit shaky but other than the that, the rest of the film is delivered on a silver platter. The casts were pretty terrific as everyone answers the call and provides a decent portrayal with their corresponding roles. Viola Davis once again proved that she is one of the elite stars who could make an effortless act but still making a character stand out. This film could easily earn her a nomination, and it should because she deserves it.
Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki both showed that they can match the same energy level that Viola does. They were simply exceptional and came up with a believable performance. Cynthia Erivo continues to impress and would cause much impact if included to the lead stars. With all the praise, going to the women casts, you can't take away the fact that you also got a talented male group with Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya plus the special participation of veteran Robert Duvall.
The film is a slow heist thriller but like "Bad Times at El Royale" you'll never get bored as the material sinks right into you to get your attention. It will also let you look for some answers and clues as the story progresses. I also loved that riveting heist part that actually made me hold on to the edge of my seat while my heart pounds rapidly at the same time.
Overall, Widows is a solid heist thriller that highlights the talents of its admirable stellar cast. Director Steve McQueen delivers another magnificent classic that will definitely leave a mark to his viewers.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Distributed by: 20TH Century Fox PH
Opens December 5 in PH cinemas