Widows was another movie we were fortunate to see this year at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Our screening was at the Princess of Wales theater, one of our favorites. This film has a lot of hype and very little thrill. It’s an okay heist movie. Even in Ocean’s 11, the professional thieves took a month to pull off their job. We are supposed to believe these three civilians are going to pull this off in three days. There isn’t enough back story or heist prep for us to really develop much empathy for their story. Viola Davis basically plays Annalise Keating from How To Get Away with Murder, either cold as ice or completely falling apart. Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) was the best part of this movie, playing against type brilliantly as the very creepy Jatemme Manning . Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and newcomer Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale) are the rest of the crew, desperately trying to make a difference in their own lives. Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon (The Post), Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) finish out the cast. So many better movies in theaters right now, you might want to wait and stream this one.
Our Rating for Widows
Official Trailer for Widows
Official Synopsis for Widows
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Widows TIFF Q & A
|Principle Cast||Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall|
|Screenwriter||Gillian Flynn (screenplay by), Steve McQueen|
|Cinematographer||Sean Bobbitt (On Chesil Beach)|
|Production Companies||Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film 4|
|Run Time||129 minutes|
|Genre||Crime, Drama, Romance|
|Premier||2018 Toronto Film Festival|