Widows, 7.9/10, has plenty of nail-biting, tantalising suspense from the off. Well, maybe not from the very off, as we look over an utterly cringe-inducing opening kiss scene between Liam Neeson and Viola Davis. Widows is an all-round thriller blockbuster. Not only has Steve McQueen transferred the 80’s British television series to the big screen, he’s pulled it off with complete style. On the one hand, there is a narrative thick enough for any audience member to find something appealing and on the other, the cinematography in every scene is so visually appetising, you can’t possibly turn away.
Widows wastes no time in establishing the plot, springing the death Harry Rawlings (played by Liam Neeson) and his team onto the audience almost instantaneously. Although we are already enlightened to this in the trailer, it still comes as suddenly to us as it would be for the loved ones they left behind. Their demise occurs during a heist in which his team were attempting to steal $2million dollars from the Manning brothers. That debt doesn’t follow the men to the grave: it merely transfers to the four grieving women. Amidst all the chaos, these four women realise they have to unite in order to have any chance of surviving.
Everything this film had to offer was brilliantly executed. Widows has a star-studded cast which brings an abundance of talent to this thriller feature. At the centre of the plot you have four women completely out of their comfort zone, attempting to adjust to a life a million miles always from their norm. All four of the ladies give a performance that you instantly buy into. Outwards from the main ensemble, you have these spin-off sub plots with interesting and diverse characters. This, I feel, even raised enough opportunity to be warranted another stand-alone movie. Uniting the both together, you have a powerhouse of a blockbuster which is full of suspense.
Every element has been executed in a way to make the viewer transpire and become an additional member of the team. As the pressure of the situation increases, so does the pace of the film, the more you learn from each of the women, the more you empathise with their struggle and begin to become emotionally invested in their strive for success. McQueen has captured the essence of Chicago and the twisted side of the political rat-race exquisitely. In particular, the car scene with Colin Farrell on the way back from a press event was cinematic brilliance – seeing the vast difference between the two worlds these people live in.
I could not talk about Widows without commenting on the stand-out performance from Daniel Kaluuya – his ominous onscreen presence made me extremely unsettled. His intimidation scenes were shot incredibly, making for both unbearable yet irresistible viewing. There really is something for everyone within Widows – offering a story of love lost and new hope found. I urge you to go and see this action-packed thriller as it needs to be seen on the big screen.
Entertainment (of its genre): 9/10
Overall rating….. 7.9/10