So in my obsession with titles I researched and researched the word widow and how I could make the various definitions that came up correlate with the film. And whilst the Black widow is infamous for eating her male counterpart once she is pregnant this was not what this film was about. However, female resilience, power and determination when living without our male counterpart was definitely a theme. And widows explored and executed this message excellently. In addition, although I am not sure if this was purposeful – but most of the male characters in the film were at best two-dimensional. This was not a bad experience as character development and purpose in the male characters was definitely present. And actually, often in film, females are presented in this two-dimensional way, so the reversal of roles and shift of focus to the Widows I found exciting!
Death is definitely a theme and obvious by the title, with some of the killing scenes making me jump and look away. Now baring in mind that we now live in a world where murder captured on camera is the norm, I was shocked at how shocked I was with brutal murder, so have to give that reaction to the actors. Shout out again and especially to Daniel Kaluuya – whose brutal character caught me off guard and was unsettling.
I loved the backstory portrayed by each of the female characters. And their different reasoning and approach to take on the task of the movie. It reminded me of a revitalized Set it Off – now more diverse racially and main stream. The women had wit, intelligence and a passion to take control of their current circumstance.
Slight Spoiler - The twist with Viola Davis’ husband I found epic. I caught hold of the first clue alongside Veronica Rawlins (Viola Davis' character), which was an important moment as, without it she may have ended up dead. It is this attention to detail and no stone, clue left unturned that I enjoy. And added yet another layer to a film that is current with great acting, direction and character journey. In comparison to Hole the Girl Power message was a lot more subtle but equally purposeful.
Defo worth a watch!
Directed by Steve McQueen