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Widows (2018) Reviewed by Jay

Jay´s Review

Honor among thieves? Well...sometimes. Here we get to see how it works. Writer/Director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), collaborating with Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"), sets the stage by showing us four women who have nothing in common except that their men have died. They realize they must find a way to take charge their own futures on their own terms. First step: Trust.
We are in Chicago and it's a dark, dark world. We see a violent vehicular chase, a cold-blooded murderer, a spell-binding evangelist, a smooth politician and a tough-talking mobster. We are in a place and time where ignorance is the new normal.
Part of their enormous cast:
  • * Viola Davis ("Fences" and she was stunning in "Ender's Game") Veronica wants to stop the pain of loss. Her little dog also grieves. She says, "We have a lot of work to do. Crying isn't on the list."
  • * Liam Neeson ("Silence") Harry intended for Veronica to use what he left her.
  • * Michelle Rodriguez ("The Fate of the Furious") Linda wants her little store back; she didn't even know it was at risk. She asks, "Guns? From where?" Alice states the obvious, "It's America!"
  • * Elizabeth Debicki ("Guardians of the Galaxy") Alice wants her mom to stop pimping her out. This lanky lady is not only gorgeous, she's smart!
  • * Jacki Weaver ("Out of the Blue") Agnieska is that mom we love to hate!
  • * Cynthia Erivo ("Bad Times at the El Royale") Belle is exactly the person for the job...and can she RUN!
  • * Robert Duvall ("Wild Horses") Tom Mulligan has a tendency to oversimplify the situation. Like yelling will make it so!
  • * Colin Farrell ("Roman J. Israel, Esq.") Tom's son Jack is a smooth operator who likes the wheels to be well greased.
  • * Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") Jatemme is chilling. That's all I'm gonna say.
  • * Bryan Tyree Henry ("Atlanta") Jamal often finds himself in over his head. This time, maybe he can get elected.
This R-rated thriller throws us into a brutal world, so expect gunshots, fist fights, nudity, blowie uppie stuff and lots of plots. Also expect Nina Simone on the soundtrack. Our screening audience was excited as we left the theater.
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