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"Widows" 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.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
One of the biggest laughs in the movie comes when Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), fresh off her first date as an escort, walks into the widows' meeting den in a gold Herve Leger bandage dress that Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) likens to a condom. That line was actually ad-libbed by Rodriguez, which was fitting because costume designer Jenny Eagan wanted the dress to seem a little tacky and a little off. See more »
When the husbands' gang is surrounded and the van explodes, it neatly separates into two halves as it was clearly cut in two by the production crew. Real explosions are not so neat. See more »
Written by Leonel García & Noel Schajris (as Nahuel Schajris Rodriguez)
Performed by Sin Bandera
Published by Peermusic III Ltd. & Deeksha Publishing S.A. de C.V., Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainent Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd. See more »
"Widows" is so poorly put together that it manages to feel both languid and rushed and both overly stuffed and ultimately wanting. It's amazing how much talent in front of and behind the camera is undermined here: director-writer Steve McQueen following up on his Best-Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave" (2013) and an all-star cast headed by Viola Davis, including Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jacki Weaver. Blink and you might also miss appearances by fairly well-known TV-and-movie actors like Jon Bernthal. It's a tremendous waste of acting, especially because Davis and Elizabeth Debicki's widows are the only two characters that are developed enough to elicit any sympathy or interest.
This is based on a TV show, and that's surely why this adaptation feels as though it condensed too much narrative. The Chicago alderman election is probably the most egregious example here; that entire storyline could've been cut. As it is, it's mostly irrelevant and frequently derails the thrust of the picture's central heist. Concurrently, it seems as though McQueen and company were trying to make this genre piece into something that is supposedly socially relevant. Why else spend time on a conversation of a politician badgering his female companion whether she's ever slept with a black man? Moreover, McQueen maintains the camera at an obscure angle of the car they're in for the length of the uncomfortable chat--an angle that's just clear enough for one to notice that the chauffeur is black. Why else have that politician's even-more-blatantly racist father in the movie at all? Why have one unarmed black character killed at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop? As far as advancing the plot goes, he could've died just about any other way. Why make a fuss about the main marriage having been interracial when it's otherwise most conspicuous for how inconspicuous that fact is? How many shots do you really need of Davis and Neeson touching each other in their bedroom? Not that many.
All of these irrelevant detours and excessive stylization (e.g. I like a good through-the-mirror shot, but the ones here just linger for far too long) detracts from what should be the focus of the picture: the heist and the traditional gender reversal of the mistreated widows leading the action. At least, "Ocean's 8" (2018) got that much right and is a better movie than "Widows" because of it.
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