Film Review: Widows

Mournful, desolate, stricken, in the right form a widow can also be extremely painful and painfully venomous and fatal.


Pulling off the job to end all jobs, Harry Rawlins (Liam Neeson) and his crew find themselves leaving the scene of an unexpected stand off in body bags.

His wife Veronica Rawlins (Viola Davies) suddenly saddled with the repercussions of her husbands actions, seeks solidarity with the other widows born from the same incident.

Alone they fend desperately against the hungry wolves salivating to feed off of their misfortune, simultaneously attempting to untangle themselves from the web of lies that was built around them.

Together they stand a fighting chance of survival and a way to keep each other afloat.


It’s funny because the parts of Widows that I liked, I enjoyed as individual elements. As a whole however – not so much.

Firstly would be how chilling Daniel Kaluuya’s character was – like a wild dog off a leash he performed his villainous role well enough to make me forget I rooted for him to succeed in Get Out. The not so obvious traits they gave him acted as a smart way to inform the audience that he was more than just a brainless thug.

There was a really good long shot nicely nestled into the movie – where Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell) is driven from an event to his home. It was both a subtle and accurate way to display the disparities in the district, whereby touching upon one of the opposing issues the candidates had.

Though the movie was a lot slower than I anticipated, the drama for the most part unfolded really well from beginning to end.

Widows Colin Farrell

My main issue with Widows, is that by the time I walked out, went home and woke up the next day I was still asking questions. There were so many loose ends, question marks and actions that required explanations that it just started to feel messy.

The central plot was handled really well; get a band of unlikely women together and watch them do the unimaginable. After that it was like they threw all these other themes and plot points at the wall; politics, violence, layered psychopath, and hoped it would stick.

It didn’t.

To avoid spoilers I can’t go into specifics but feel free to @ me on Twitter and we’ll discuss.

Ironically where the widows had pretty run of the mill issues and backgrounds, (aside from Alice (Elizabeth Debicki)) it seemed that the men got all the multifaceted characteristics. I don’t know what this means exactly but it both interested me and annoyed me.


The movie had a lot of strands that led me to believe if they had delved deeper, I would have found the story and characters more engaging.

Funnily enough this is one where I think I’d like to now go and read the book, for in the land of paper and ink you aren’t restricted by the worldly constraints of budgets and running times.

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