Widows (1/1 Hats)

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Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Recently saw “Widows” – Two and a Half Aldermen. Conclusion: 9/10. A reinvention of the heist movie, director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) delivers a smart blend of emotional depth and the thrills of the heist genre. Widows follows four women whose lives are thrust together after the sudden death of their husbands during a heist job gone wrong. After being confronted by a debt left behind by her husband and leader of the crew, Harry (Liam Neeson), Veronica (Viola Davis) brings together the group of now-widowed women to pull off an unfinished heist to pay off their debt. McQueen deftly weaves together themes of human ingenuity, grieving, class, and race to offer something with emotional and intellectual heft. Perhaps more than anything, the film is a testament to empowerment and upending society’s biases through the very things it discounts about different people. As can be expected, Viola Davis puts forth a strong and invested performance, but she is matched step-for-step by Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, who was also the best part of Bad Times at the El Royale¬†earlier this fall. Michelle Rodriguez, who rounds out the group of the four women, is very good, but the other three leave her overshadowed at times. I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Colin Farrell, who continues to turn in excellent performances. Not to be forgotten, the Hans Zimmer score and artistic stylings of McQueen round out what amounts to a refreshingly smart and engaging heist movie. #BlackWidow #DesignatedGetawayDriver #ForWhomTheBelleTolls #CanIGetAMulligan #YourMoneyOrYourWife

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