Widows Peek

Viola Davis Leads a Team of Women Against the Mob

Above: Viola Davis and Liam Neeson

BY: Claire Connors

There are so many excellent components of the new film, Widows, we don’t know who to drool over first. Let’s begin with the director, Steve McQueen, the man behind the camera on 2014’s stunning Academy Award winning film, 12 Years a Slave as well as his 2011 sex addiction drama, Shame, starring the now famously well-hung Michael Fassbender (thank you, Mr. McQeen. Then there’s the screenwriter, none other than the talented Gillian Flynn, who is so good at writing heart-stopping dramas for superb actresses, such as Roseamund Pike in 2014’s Gone Girl and Amy Adams in this year’s HBO thriller, Sharp Objects.

Which brings us to the leads in Widows. As the title implies, we’re getting the female gaze on a drama about three recently uncoupled—by death—women who are left holding the empty bags of their husbands’ botched attempt to rob the mob of millions. Viola Davis stars as the steely—but lovely—Veronica, who is married to Harry, her still-sexy husband that she still wants to make love to, even after all these years. Harry, played by the still-sexy Liam Neeson, is the leader of a gang of thugs, whose mistake costs them their lives, forcing their widows to take on the mob themselves.

The tough but tender Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight), along with Elizabeth Debicki, so good in The Night Manager TV series, join the soon-to-be a huge star, Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times At the El Royale) in Viola’s new band of sisters. Hell-bent on finishing their husband’s “job” and getting a pile of cash, the ladies also decide to mess up the men who took their men’s lives. In other words, shit’s gonna get real.

Speaking of which, we seem to have a dilemma on our hands. Viola and Cynthia, both excellent in this crime caper, each have Harriet Tubman biography films coming out soon. Cynthia is currently filming Harriet under the helm of director/actress Kasi Lemmons who co-starred in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, while Viola is set to star in the Untitled Harriet Tubman, playing, you guessed it, Harriet. Good thing the women got along so well in Widows!

Widows opens November 16th.