Widows (2018) is a heist film with a difference. The main characters are women. These include one of my favourite actresses, Viola Davis, who plays Veronica Rawlings, the brains behind the heist. I was reminded once again how Viola can convey so much in a glance, in an expression fleeting across her lovely face. She is a real actress in that she becomes the part she is playing, it isn’t the part being played by her. The perfect part for her hasn’t appeared yet. She does such great work, it seems to me she has so much more to give. She moves me by her performances: she needs a part with a broader depth than those she has been given up till now. Whatever film she is in, I’ll be there. In Widows, she does a wonderful job, and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. She is the first black actor to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award.
My friends of my Film Group, all enjoyed the film. A very lively discussion ensued after we had viewed it. John, said he liked that it was mainly a female cast, and that they won in the end. We noticed that it is different from other movies of this genre. The story wasn’t told in a straight-forward manner, and it almost seemed as if the editing hadn’t been done too well. In a further discussion a day later in our Coffee Group, Alice explained that it is done in a post-modern style. This is realistic, and tells a story more as it would unfold in real life, rather than to a formula.
It has a tremendous cast: Colin Farrell plays Jack Mulligan, the son of Tom Mulligan played by Robert Duvall. Liam Neeson plays Harry Rawlings, Veronica’s husband and a renowned bank robber. The acting was superb, by all the players in the film. The cinematography, music, and everything else was of a high professional standard.
Widows is a joint British-American production, and is directed by Steve McQueen. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Gillian Flynn. Steve McQueen is a British director to watch. He was the first black film-maker to win an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave. I find it interesting that he didn’t do too well in school because it wasn’t recognized that he is dyslexic, yet here he is co-writing a film script. What an inspiration for other people with dyslexia!
For a budget of $42 million, it brought in a box office of $76 million.