Who would have thought that Steven McQueen, artist-turned-director of such classy arthouse fare as 12 Years a Slave, Hunger and Shame, would be able to make a fabulously entertaining thriller? Widows erupts on screen with the final moments of a heist-gone-wrong, the consequences of which establish the film's narrative. And the film doesn't let up, packing a wealth of plot and action into its two hour running time. It is a magnetic watch, brimming with craft and skill, both on and off the screen.
The titular widows are three women whose husbands were gunned down as they attempted to steal from a Chicago wannabe-politician. Now with their intended victim demanding recompense, the wives must take part in one final heist that could set them up for life, or doom them to follow their partners' fate.
Widows has perhaps the strongest ensemble of 2018. Headed by an electric Viola Davis (and when has she never not been outstanding) there are strong turns up and down the cast. As
As engaging a thriller as Widows is, it is also a fascinating deconstruction of so many issues that define
And yet the film is first-and-foremost a fun, pulpy thriller, with McQueen emerging as a great action director. Aided by another propulsive score from Han Zimmer and Sean Bobbitt's sleekly gorgeous cinematography, the film looks and sounds masterful. It is a timely yet entertaining deconstruction of the state of
This is a London Film Festival preview and Widows will be released on the 6th November 2018.