Review: Set in contemporary Chicago, the only thing four women have in common is a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. They decide to take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Director: Steve McQueen
Actors: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Coburn Goss, Alejandro Verdin, Bailey Rhyse Walters, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Molly Kunz, James Vincent Meredith, Brian Tyree Henry and Daniel Kaluuya
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama and Romance
This is the new film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen who has directed the fantastic 12 Years a Slave (2013). The film is based on the 1983 British TV series Widows. Great acting from the whole of the ensemble cast. Really strong performance from Viola Davis but each of them has their own individual parts to play. Great to see Elizabeth Debicki in a film like this. Lovely to see Daniel Kaluuya in something different. Both Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell are Irish actors, although they have never acted in a film together before. I could tell by watching this that all of the actors were enjoying being part of the film. One thing I enjoyed was I knew where I was location wise and it was very interesting to get an insight into Chicago. It is interesting that Steve McQueen moved the setting to Chicago as the TV series was filmed and shot in London. As well as the script being written by Steve McQueen it is also written by Gillian Flynn who also wrote the screenplay for Gone Girl (2014). I also enjoyed the musical score which was composed by Hans Zimmer. Jennifer Lawrence was approached for a role, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. The editing is done very well and is very slick. I did find there were a lot of unexpected twists and shocks throughout the film. The themes that this concentrates on are class, race, religion and loneliness.