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Widows

Published August 9, 2019

Widows

Film info

  • Title Widows
  • Director Steve McQueen
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 2hrs 9m
  • Genres Thriller, Crime
  • Tagline Left with nothing, capable of anything

From the acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller with a powerful ensemble cast! When four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, their widows - with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands' criminal activities - take fate into their own hands to forge a future on their own terms.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:45Great view out the back of the van.
4:56Conflicting to grieve for someone who died thieving.
7:05“These days it’s all about name recognition.” Ugh, politics.
12:41Love that there’s no subtitles!
14:05Art v wallpaper.
19:02Weirdly more outraged by him desecrating the statue than offing two of his ‘friends’.
24:45“He should have loved you more and the bookies less.” ARGH!
36:00Being an aide must be soul-destroying.
44:37I wish I had a driver, general helper person.
49:44“You want all the good stuff, none of the bad?”
56:58Auctioneers are crazy, how do they talk like that?
58:00“We have a lot of work to do, crying isn’t on the list.”
1:06:26Ugh, the word optics in this context really pushes my buttons.
1:12:23Not lovely Bash!
1:16:26Yea! Stand up for yourself lovely woman I don’t know the name of.
1:18:56“Can I put my dog down?” Poor choice of words, surely.
1:23:07Two Irish people, having a chat on a boat, one of whom is doing a far better American accent than the other.
1:28:55Sooooooo who is looking after her kids now?
1:29:10“I don’t require a vouch.” SASS.
1:38:42“Where exactly would you like me to stand?” With this film? Eff knows.
1:50:14The masks are scary.
1;51;33Upside down!!
1:57:53“I couldn’t save us. I had to save me.” Annnd, he’s a dead man.

Thoughts

Hmm, conflicted on this one. Overall, I think I liked it but that comes with a heck of a lot of caveats.

The good is that the acting was top notch, it was a well crafted movie, and the story revealed itself quite well. I can see the hand of Gillian Flynn all over it. Everything that happened was important to the story, nothing was throwaway.

But there were a few things that annoyed me. At times it felt like it was being too clever. The van thing, I thought it was just a bit of rubbish Hollywood effects - why would gunfire make a van split in half? - and turns out it was actually a massive plot point. But it had been bugging me for the whole movie, which meant the reveal wasn’t fun, it was just annoying.

The relaxed tone was misleading, because you really had to pay attention. Even small things, like standing at a window with your rich client talking about buildings, turned out to make a huge difference to the story. They should really give you a heads up that you need to pay attention at the start.

And then the tone was weird. Sometimes a bit jokey, sometimes crazy violence, most of the time just frustrated and miserable. And whilst the stakes were clearly high, I’m not convinced this was their only option. The others went along with it far too easily.

End result: Good, but hard work.

Rating: 3 / 5

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