All other considerations aside, Widows has a hell of a pedigree: adapted from a TV miniseries from crime queen Lynda LaPlante by director Steve McQueen (12 years a Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Gillian Flynn (the author of Gone Girl), it stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. That lot alone is enough reason to check it out.
But there’s a plot, too! “A blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption, Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.”
This looks great: McQueen is bringing his arthouse chops to a ratchet-tight crime melodrama concept, the cast is flat out brilliant, the stakes are high, the action looks uncompromising, and there’s no guarantee of a happy ending for any and all involved. What more could you want?
Widows is in cinemas from November 22, 2018.