WIDOWS Print E-mail
Friday, 09 November 2018 03:24

Rating:  ZZ

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  A group of wives whose husbands were killed in a raid gone bad seek to finish one last job for their husbands.

The Good:  There were certain things that the film did excellently.  Two components of Widows that were undeniably impacting were the acting and the directing.  Steven McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame) left his mark on the screen with every turn of the camera.  Along with the film editing and cinematography, McQueen managed to use all of these methodical components at his disposal to transform WIDOWS into something more than just another “cops and robbers” movie.  McQueen managed to shine a spotlight on certain issues that affect many people of color in large urban cities.  The tone of the film was certainly grave and had enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.  This was also due in part to the group of extremely talented actors that came together as an ensemble without losing their individual charisma.  Viola Davis (Fences, The Help) stuns as always as Veronica Rawlings, widow of ex-heist leader Harry Rawlings, who must put together her own amateur group of thieves.  Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and The Furious, Battle Los Angeles) and Elizabeth Debicki (Everest, Macbeth) come into their own as the two additional widows who join the team.  Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale, Step) adds a breath of fresh air to the assembly as well.

The Bad:  The plot, although its concept was unique, still managed to feel a bit tired.  The first half of the movie was a lot slower and definitely more predictable than the second half.  I found myself, throughout much of the beginning of the film, wondering why certain scenes were even placed in the film.  As a result, I thought the movie could have been a lot shorter if these unnecessary scenes had been cut.  The progression of Widows was also a bit incoherent at first.  There was a lot of information being thrown at us from many different angles, at times it was not easy trying to retain some of it.  We would learn something, and then that piece of information would not become relevant until much, much later on in the story.  Some may not have an issue with being let in on something and not seeing it play out until well into the final act, but personally, I felt this could have been done in a way that was more engaging.  

The Ugly:  If you are searching for a film that plays out unexpectedly, then Widows is the film for you.  In a time where movies have gotten overwhelmingly predicable, this is a nice change of pace and includes elements that ground you to reality.  Although it is undoubtedly not perfect, Widows manages to be both entertaining and refreshing.


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping