Five Reasons You’ll Love It - March 18, 2019

Widows - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Widows - Five Reasons You'll Love It

After plumbing the depths of what humanity is capable of enduring and inflicting with 12 Years A Slave, it's no surprise that for his next project, director Steve McQueen wanted something lighter. 

Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell star in Widows, which is based on Lynda LaPlante’s bestselling novel. 

The story follows four armed robbers, who are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job when debt collectors come calling...

Originally put on TV in 1983 by ITV and set in London, this time McQueen moves the action to Chicago and directs from a script he has co-written with Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn

The film hits DVD shelves on Monday (March 18th), but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's very stylish...

Throughout his career, McQueen has always been an elegant filmmaker. In Widows, that's even more on show with beautiful cinematography and stirring camerawork. This isn't a thriller full of fast cuts and jerky action sequences, it's very still and refined. But that only serves to amp up the drama and enhance the performances. 

 

But there's plenty of action too...

For all McQueen's elegance, he knows how to direct a thrill ride too. There are numerous brilliant, heart-pounding sequences, including a superb opening run. 

 

The film is impeccably cast...

Viola Davis anchors the film wonderfully as Veronica Rawlins, widow of Liam Neeson's Harry. She's cold and steely and galvanises the other widows, played superbly by Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez.

Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry and Carrie Coon are also in excellent form as supporting characters. There is, though, one man who steals the show...

 

Daniel Kaluuya is absolutely terrifying...

The Get Out star plays Jatemme, the henchman and brother of the crime boss to whom the widows are indebted. He's wild-eyed and unnerving and your nerves will be on edge for every moment he's on screen. 

 

It's full of twists and turns...

You'll get no spoilers here, but let's just say this, there's an awful lot that you won't see coming, and that goes right until the last few minutes of the film. It's a captivating watch. 

 

Widows will be released into hmv stores on Monday (March 18th). 

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