Opened: November 16, 2018
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Matt Walsh, Kevin J. O’Connor & Michael J. Harney
Despite a stellar cast giving strong performances, Widows has a lot going on that doesn’t always mesh the best.
After the death of Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his crew, crime boss Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) passes on the job to Harry’s widow Veronica (Viola Davis). She rounds up a crew of her own, including two other widows from Harry’s team, to take on a $5 million job.
While an interesting concept, there are many subplots that add to the drama, but don’t feel quite right. In the flashback scenes with Neeson and Davis, there’s little to no chemistry between them, which in part of their story makes sense, but not in others.
The lead women – Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo – are incredibly strong and are a convincing team.
Final say: Great potential with choppy outcome. ★★★☆☆