Widows

I went to see this film against my initial reactions to it. Metacritic and podcasters that up to now I truly respected were gushing over it with tweets like “SEE THIS FILM.” I won’t get fooled again. It was awful. Steve McQueen needs to take a step back after this one.

I understand that heist movies often contain a nuts and bolts planning section of the film. That’s why I tolerated the first 1/2 of this slow, uneventful film. I expected it to pick up the pace immensely, it didn’t. That isn’t my main gripe with this film.

Widows (2018)
R | 2h 9min | Crime , Drama , Romance | 16 November 2018 (USA)
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: Gillian Flynn (screenplay by), Steve McQueen (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

There are side stories everywhere in this movie. It seems that they are there as some sort of puzzle to be assembled later. In my opinion, they are discordant and do not serve the plot at all. This film tries to be like recent films where women are empowered against men who cheat and use them. It’s also tapping into racial inequality even though it is not an all black cast.

I just waited and waited for the heist and when it appeared it was muddled and sloppy. There were some cool camera angles and tricks but that is way less than this film was touted as. I think some podcasters I read on my Twitter have been floated gifts by the film studio. There is no explanation for these glowing reviews. I’ve never checked the time so much in a film. I wanted OUT quickly. This is not a good film. 2/10

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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4 Comments

  1. Good review. I don’t about this movie. I mean like the cast, but something about this movie doesn’t really interest me to see it. I’ll probably eventually see it, but not right away.

  2. If you were expecting a flashy heist flick this is not for you. How the whole plan was pulled off wasn’t supposed to be super cool like it is in the Ocean’s franchise. This was a very solid drama about women who were wronged not by men but by society and they took it back. I’m with the others in loving this flick. I’m sorry buddy we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

    1. I think I got the intent. Still a loser flick in my book. I didn’t like “Shame” either. I still cant get Liam Neeson and Viola Davis’ tongue bath out of my head. Nasty and not in a good way. There are so many ways McQueen could have made this film better. If it isn’t a heist movie why bait and switch the marketing. We do disagree, this is crap. Thanks for stopping by though!!!

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