A trio of recently widowed women in the city of Chicago follow in their husbands’ footsteps by coming together in Widows.
The film has a few things going for it. It’s not just tackling the women coming together and forming a heist of their own a la Ocean’s Eight but there’s also some political commentary. The political commentary comes by way of how traditional Chicago politics are run. We see this in how the Mulligan family has come to dominate the 18th Ward. When Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall) has a stroke, his son, Jack (Colin Farrell), decides to go into the family business. He makes it clear that he’d rather be doing something else though.
Where the stories intercept are Mulligan’s opponent, Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry, who acts in three films playing at TIFF), gets his money get stolen by Harry Rollins (Liam Neeson) and his crew. Rollins and company lost their lives in an explosion to kick off the fast-paced film. When Manning and his brother, Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya), come looking for their money, he sets a strict deadline. Manning means business. It’s up to Veronica Rollins (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) to make sure that their futures are set for life.
With the upcoming release of Widows, director Steve McQueen looks to seamlessly make the transition from independent to commercial films.
DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen
SCREENWRITERS: Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen
CAST: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson