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Widows follows five women's lives after their criminal husbands' deaths, following a heist gone wrong. These women are tormented by a crime lord who will stop at nothing to get all that is owed to him, by insisting that this group of aggrieved women pay the large dept their husbands left behind.
The cast is grandiosely led by Viola Davis, supported by a just as highly capable cast, who never shy away from holding their own despite the movie being rocky at times—a lot of the times, in fact.
Usually, Steve McQueen's destabilising films get their themes to-the-letter without having to cluster the plot with over-explanatory dialogue, acting and subplots. Django Unchained and Shame are a very good example of this. In Widows, McQueen and Gillian Flynn's (Gone Girl) script too often comes across as non-aligned and rushed to have the film feel like it has something to really say about most of the themes it covers—which range from race relations to gender inequality, political discourse, and everything else in between.
Widows even fails on the entertainment front, often coming across as dull while trying too hard to draw emotion from an audience that would rather be fed reasonable doses of both action and strategy. Mind games, running around trying to solve an impossible puzzle, eliminating possinle barriers, all with high tension and music just as intense to support these vital scenesn, are all what make a thrilling, kick-ass heist movie.
Unfortunately Widows doesn't know what type of movie it wants to be, and thus ends up falling flat where it could've strum up game-changers and twists to the already existing tropes it so grandly depends on.
This is not the strongest heist movie you'll see this year, nor does it bring anything new to the table in the history of movies in its genre. The best you'll get out of the film is McQueen's stylistic, sophisticated direction, and an elaborate, impressive performance from the cast.
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