Widows (2018)
First screened in September 2018
Director: Steve McQueen. Cast: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Garret Dillahunt, Lukas Haas, Kevin J. O'Connor, Carrie Coon, Jon Michael Hill, Adepero Oduye, Jacki Weaver, Molly Kunz, Tonray Ho, Matt Walsh, Michael Harney, Brian King. Screenplay: Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen (based on the TV series Widows by Lynda La Plante).

Twitter Capsule: Propulsive Chicago crime thriller; action climax goes off like an IED. Unevenly completes its passes at social critique.

Second Capsule: Many virtues in the performances, though I had quibbles with even the best ones (Debicki, Davis, I'd say). Didn't love how Kaluuya was used.

Third Capsule: An exciting layer: Davis gets to go toe-to-toe with Erivo, a black female screen presence as strong as she is. Rarely happens. Craved more!

VOR:   I appreciate how Widows centers women in a crime-thriller context and its feints at sociopolitical relevance, however uneven.

Photo © 2018 20th Century Fox/New Regency Pictures/Film4

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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