Prestige. That's the word that would pop into just about anyone's mind when looking at the cast and crew behind Widows. There's director Steve McQueen, returning to the chair for the first time since he won Best Picture for 12 Years a Slave. There's co-writer (with McQueen) Gillian Flynn, whose first script was a collaboration with David Fincher, the smash hit adaptation of her novel Gone Girl. There's cast headliner Viola Davis, less than two years removed from her Oscar-winning turn in Fences. And there's a murderer's row of talent behind her: Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Lukas Haas, Garret Dillahunt, Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo. Hans Zimmer provided the score.
One movie should not be allowed to have this much talent behind it. Share the love, Steve.
An adaptation of a British miniseries from the 1980’s, Widows takes place in modern day Chicago and stars Davis as Veronica, the wife of a career criminal (Neeson) who dies alongside his crew in a heist that opens the film. Soon enough, a local politician, Jamal Manning, (Henry) and his brother (Kaluuya) come calling; it turns out the money they stole was his, and he wants it back. Trouble is, it burned up in a fire, so she’s got a month to get together $2 million or she’s not going to like the consequences. Desperate for answers, she discovers the plans to her late husband’s next job, and enlists the widows of the other members of the gang (Rodriguez, Debicki, Erivo) to just do it themselves, pay the debt and get some money out of the deal. Complicating matters is the upcoming election for alderman that pits Manning against Jack Mulligan (Farrell), the son of a Chicago power broker (Duvall) who wants to ensure the continued reign of his family in the city. Lives and motives overlap and intertwine, proving once again that life is rarely what it seems on the surface.