Widows is in cinemas now ... but should you see it?
We review the new thriller starring Oscar and Emmy winner Viola Davis
- byGavin Scott
STARRING: Viola Davis
Veronica Rawlins (Davis) is a woman on the edge. Played by Oscar winner Davis, she’s a tightly wound coil, with a cuddly Westie in her tailored lap and a sleek apartment underwritten by her shady husband, Harry (Liam Neeson). When Harry and his crew are killed in a robbery, Veronica and the other crooks’ widows are left on the hook to a ruthless politico (Brian Tyree Henry) and his psychotic brother (Daniel Kaluuya). Under Veronica’s icy tutelage, the women – a tour-de-force trio of Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo – plot their own risky heist to get square. But to pull it off they need to outfox a dirty alderman (Colin Farrell) and his fixer father (Robert Duvall).
Directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Widowsis packed with big twists and bigger talent (Jacki Weaver and Carrie Coon pop up to steal scenes) and owes far more to edgier male-driven crime films than the bubbly Ocean’s 8. Its heroines, who cope with childcare woes, feckless men and cop shootings, are hard-bitten, while the script (by McQueen and Gone Girlauthor Gillian Flynn) is a trip into an underworld clotted with crime and corruption. 3 stars
Gavin ScottA pop culture enthusiast from a young age, Gavin is equally passionate about great pop music (’80s synthpop, ’10s dream pop), gripping TV series (Friday Night Lights, The Handmaid’s Tale) and trips to the cinema (I love a blockbuster as much as anyone, but I’m done with the superhero thing).