Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox for the chance to see ‘Widows’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

The Oscar winning director of “Twelve Years a Slave”, Steve McQueen directed Widows. The film stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michele Rodriguez, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. The highly anticipated film definitely lives up to expectations. The actors deliver nuanced performances and the multilayered plot is not typical of a heist film.

A botched armed robbery leaves four thieves dead, and the money they stole blown up in a shoot out. Now the people they stole from are targeting the thieves’ widows. Led by Veronica Rawlins (Viola Davis) the widows decide to plan their own heist in order to pay back the debt left by their husbands and start new lives.

Widows is a character driven film. Instead of focussing on the heist, McQueen is interested in giving the audience a look into the interior worlds of the four widows. All four widows face different struggles in the wake of the death of their husbands. Veronica is doubly effected. She is already grieving the death of her son, who was unlawfully killed by a policeman, and now she struggles to overcome the death of her husband.

Through touching on themes of police brutality, corruption and poverty McQueen has created a film which feels relevant in today’s context. McQueen masterly balances the action violence with drama. The film feels grounded in reality as it does not rely on unrealistic explosions or plot points.

Widows succeeds in creating relevant material without a forced message of female empowerment. As the four widows live in the brutal reality created by their husbands, succeeding in the heist is their only way of gaining agency and taking back their autonomy.

Widows is a slow burning action drama. For fans of the drama genre don’t be put off by the trailer. The film delivers a lot more then the traditional action story and is one the best dramas of this year.

There is definitely Oscar buzz already!

In Cinemas November 22