“Things are never as they seem” appears to the running theme behind critically acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s latest opus, Widows

The movie opens with a blissful love scene intercut with a violent bank heist gone wrong but appearances can be deceiving. 

Take nothing for granted in Widows. Ostensibly, four women – our titular characters – with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Essentially, as is evident from the trailers, these widows – led by Veronica (Viola Davis) – attempt a heist of their own and an Ocean’s 8 comparison is natural but again utterly off base. 

Simply put, there are enough twists and turns in this visceral tale to keep your head in perpetual spin mode but to say more about the plot would be a grave disservice to this marvellous film. 

Widows is more than your typical heist film, there is an undercurrent of political machinations and social commentary that holds our attention so well – not to mention deep characterisations – that mark McQueen’s work as unique. 

Noteworthy also to mention that Gillian (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) Flynn co-wrote the screenplay with McQueen and her expertise with strong female characters definitely comes to the fore. 

There are, however, certain plot holes that surface that threaten once more our vaunted suspension of disbelief, put them to the back of your mind for the time being and just enjoy the visual and emotional journey that McQueen evokes. 

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