Widows (2018)

Director: Steve McQueen

Writer: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen (Screenplay) Lynda La Plante (Based on Widows)

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson

 

Plot: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women 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.


Tagline – Left with nothing. Capable of anything.

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thriller of the Year

 

Story: Widows starts when Harry Rawlings (Neeson) and his crew are killed on their latest heist, their widows, Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Amanda (Coon) are left to grieve alone, seeing the consequences of their husband’s actions. Veronica is confronted by political campaigner Jamal Manning (Henry) who is trying to challenge the Mulligan reign in their neighbourhood, with Jack (Farrell) following in his father’s Tom (Duvall) footsteps.

Jamal wants his money back which is forcing Veronica to bring the fellow widows together to complete a job which will solve all their financial problems. Can they complete this heist which will give them a life after their husbands?

 

Thoughts on Widows

 

Characters – Veronica is the wife of Harry, she has been in the teaching union for her life even though she knew of Harry activities. After his dies in the latest job she is broken trying to keep herself together until she is forced into the world her husband was on top of. She is tough and lacks the humour the fellow widows show to deal with her grief. She does have to keep the group together and does love her little Westie. Linda has been running her own company which after her husband’s death she loses because of his problems leaving her and her kids with money problems. She is welcomed to Veronica’s team even if she doesn’t bring as much as the rest. Alice has been living off her husband’s heist money even after dealing with abuse from him, she must learn to make her own money which she can be pushed in the wrong direction for, she does join Veronica’s team which will bring her out of her shell and she fast becomes the one on the biggest learning curve. Belle completes the team and though she isn’t a widow, she knows how hard you need to work for money and she will take her chance with the team. Jack Mulligan is the new political candidate following in his father’s footsteps, he knows how to get a deal done and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty along the way. Tom is the politician stepping down because of his health, his old way thinking has been holding back the district from remaining in his family name. Jamal Manning is the crime lord who has decide to run for office which would be is way to stay on the right side of the law, he still will get his hands dirty when he needs to and lets his brother do most of the dirty work. Jatemme is the brother of Jamal, he is a loose cannon, he will push whatever limits available to get what he wants full crazy mode for the most part. This is the eight main characters that you will understand each decision they will make.

PerformancesWhen he dive into the performances Viola Davis shines in the leading role, she must deals with emotional moments that others simply will never understand why. Michelle Rodriquez gives her best performance of her career here that is simply brilliant and Elizabeth Debicki gives one of the best supporting performances of the year. Colin Farrell continues to show he is one of the best actors out there and demands the screen either against Robert Duvall. Daniel Kaluuya does a fantastic job because each scene he is almost uncomfortable to watch because of his actions. Brian Tyree Henry is wonderful too, it is easily one of the best acted movies you will ever see.

StoryThe story follows an unlikely crew of robbers who are following in their husband’s footsteps in the crime world to give themselves finical security from the other people in the world their husband’s worked in. Each of the widows must face the reality of being alone and learn how to adapt which is important to see and with a shocking reveal you simply won’t see coming makes this enjoyable to watch. This is a story that doesn’t have a wasted frame, it will keep you on edge from start to finish while addressing how political can play the people to get what they want. This is a story that will keep you wanting more and deals with the real problems people will be facing in the world.

CrimeThe crime world we enter shows us just how out of place the widows are to start with and we see how they must learn quickly.

SettingsThe film is set in Chicago which shows us just how easily crime can take place with so much going on in the city, we see the divide between the higher class and lower class.


Scene of the Movie –
Performances fantastic.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Viola Davis doesn’t know how to walk a dog.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the best movies of the year, it will keep you on edge throughout the whole film. It is easily a must watch and the performances are simply fantastic.

 

Overall: Must watch movie.

Rating

 

 

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Gone Girl (2014)

logoDirector: David Fincher

Writer: Gillian Flynn (Screenplay) Gillian Flynn (Novel)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon,, Lisa Banes, Missi Plye

 

Plot: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hauntingly Thrilling

 

Story: Gone Girl starts by Nick (Affleck) talking about his wife Amy (Pike) talking about marriage. Reaching their fifth wedding anniversary Nick is confiding in his sister Margo (Coon), before flashing back to the first meeting between Nick and Amy. When Nick returns home the interior damaged but couldn’t find Amy anywhere. Detective Rhonda Boney (Dickens) and Officer James Gilpin (Fugit) investigate the early stages of what could have happened. We continue to get flash backs learning about how they had a perfect looking relationship and marriage.

As the investigation continues the clues that Amy has left for the anniversary treasure hunt could help find the answers to her whereabouts. As the search for Amy continues suspects start appearing but the clues start pointing towards Nick himself. We continue to see how their relationship was breaking down and not looking as rosy as it once was and Nick he becomes public suspect number one. We are left for the biggest surprise half way through when everything goes in a different direction.

Gone Girl is a film I never got around to seeing first time around but I have caught up now and I also managed not to hear anything about what happens during the film. By doing this I was going into this film expecting a court case style film where we have to watch an investigation unfold before we decide whether Nick was guilty or not. What we got was something so very different so much so we end up following one genre before everything getting thrown wide open and concluding with something even more disturbing. We have elements of mystery to start, before it turns into a revenge style film before fading into something we could never imagine half way through. This turns into one of the thrillers of the year and it will keep you guessing up until the final moments. (10/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ben Affleck: Nick Dunne the husband whose wife has gone missing, but as the story unfolds, we see how he isn’t as innocent as he may well look especially as we see how their marriage is falling apart. Ben gives a good performance and is proving he is getting back to the big name actor he once was. (9/10)

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Rosamund Pike: Amy Dunne the gone girl herself who tells the story of how the marriage ran, from the happy start to the cracks appearing over the years. Amy just happens to be holding a secret that we learn of half way through that could change our opinion on her. Rosamund gives a great performance showing she is ready to be a leading lady in anything now. (9/10)

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Tyler Perry: Tanner Bolt lawyer who takes the case to prove that nick is innocent but when he hears the story he finds out he might be in deeper than he could imagine and turns into a PR man. Tyler gives a solid performance with the few scenes he has. (7/10)

 

Carrie Coon: Margo Dunne sister to Nick who stands by him through all the issue that come up but always knew he was innocent. Carrie gives a good performance and provides a perfect supporting character for Nick. (9/10)

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Kim Dickens: Detective Rhonda Boney on the case looking for the truth about who is responsible for the missing girl or where she could have gone. Kim does a good job in the role showing how neutral she would need to be in the situation. (8/10)

 

Support Cast: Gone Girl has a large supporting cast of people judging Nick as well as a few that supporting Amy in her time of need. We see how both characters have used others to get to where they are and in the situation they are in.

 

Director Review: David Fincher – David always gives you good direction when you see his name on a film and this is no different, taking what could be a very simple film and having twists and turns all over the place. (9/10)

 

Drama: Gone Girl shows you how easily we can be led down a path to believe what a certain character thinks or wants you to believe. (9/10)

Mystery: Gone Girl keeps us wondering what happened and who will end up getting the blame. (9/10)

Thriller: Gone Girl keeps us guessing while at the edge of our seats seeing what will happen next. (9/10)

Settings: Gone Girl uses the settings to keep the story have a very real feeling to it throughout. (9/10)

Suggestion: Gone Girl is a must watch this year, it could easily be one of the best thrillers this year too. (Must Watch)

 

Best Part: An hour in when things take a huge turn.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

Oscar Chances: Could easily get nomination.

Box Office: $362 Million

Budget: $61 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 29 Minutes

Tagline: Was Nick Dunne lying?

Trivia: When it comes to casting roles, David Fincher typically goes on the internet to look through pictures of actors to help him find the right type of actor for a role. When casting the role of Nick Dunne, Fincher spotted photos of Ben Affleck and noticed a particular smile Affleck had on dozens of pictures. According to Fincher, it captured a particular emotion in a scene of Nick Dunne smiling that showed the essence of the character. Soon after, Fincher cast Ben Affleck in the role.

 

Overall: Game Changer in the Thriller Genre

Rating 90