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Widows - Tödliche Witwen
Steve McQueen Großbritannien, 2018
The film recalls the ambitiously broad, gritty city thrillers of the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s; I kept thinking of Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City and Q & A, sweeping, low-key crime entertainments in which ground-level political smarts get blown out with all-encompassing, novelistic breadth.
November 20, 2018
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Veronica’s grief hangs in the air like a geometric shape; Davis, her eyes revealing all by trying to hide everything, makes us see its contours and shadows, and feel its coldness.
November 20, 2018
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A well-rounded entertainment with some points to make along the way, Widows constitutes a frustratingly rare multiplex prospect: a good-time movie from a feel-bad director.
November 16, 2018
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It’s a film that gestures at brilliance—but ultimately falls short of it, because the overall picture never quite gels into something you can totally believe in. It’s a dazzling film, but an immensely frustrating one.
November 16, 2018
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The result is a fascinating and sometimes frustrating hybrid, a film that tries both to transcend and to exploit its genre. It works best when Davis commands the screen with her inimitable blend of psychological subtlety and operatic intensity.
November 15, 2018
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Despite the deftness of the graft (thanks to a script that he co-wrote with Gillian Flynn), it remains, throughout, a graft—a conspicuous effort to rely on the simple emotional engagement of a crime drama to deliver didactic observations about political power relations.
November 15, 2018
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McQueen largely succeeds at something few directors even try: to set a satisfyingly twisty crime plot in the broader social context of political corruption and systemic racial and gender bias.
November 14, 2018
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By even careless measure, the already questionable heist-movie genre (previously used for sympathetic female sob stories such as Set It Off and Banditas) is not justified by the simple-minded, self-justifying immorality of Widows.
November 09, 2018
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McQueen and his co-writer, Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn, have crafted an enjoyably giddy maze of a script. Even in a genre known for the intricacy and twists of its plotting, Widows offers some razzle-dazzle.
November 08, 2018
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Widows chronicles the ways people mourn family, relationships, and aspirations, and Davis grounds the film with a tenacious, heartrending performance as the woman at the center of this mess.
November 02, 2018
It occasionally suffers from a plot too eager to hurtle to its logical conclusion to do its characters justice. It’s also difficult to place tonally, tottering the line between a gritty self-serious to parodic satire. But what it does offer is a clear-eyed gaze on the inevitable corruption of power, the blunt statement that your elites will not save you.
October 19, 2018
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This story isn’t so much sprawling as it is meaty, each component packed rich with themes of gender empowerment, cross-class and cross-cultural grief, economic uncertainty, nepotism and hypocritical progressive politics, and much more. But these register in broad strokes only, for McQueen isn’t interested in the storytelling required to deftly cut between these lines of plot.
September 12, 2018
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Ultimately, I’m not sure that Widows aces this “best of both worlds” test, but it certainly passes, and McQueen deserves credit for finding a way to subordinate the most severe aspects of his style without fully capitulating to convention.
September 12, 2018
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The punch is in the slick popcorn pleasure of watching these women pull off the heist (with several punch-the-air gasp moments that have co-writer Flynn’s fingerprints on them). If anything, it’s a pop song of a movie – a glossy, grown-up blockbuster.
September 10, 2018
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For all its flaws, Widows is McQueen’s most fascinating, bracing feature to date, a demonstration of the filmmaker embracing his commercial instincts instead of trying to pass them off as weighty and important.
September 10, 2018
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The incoherence doesn’t detract from what’s a mostly entertaining movie.
September 09, 2018
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