Friday, December 7, 2018
2 hours 9 minutes Rated R
I had been trying to see this movie since it opened almost a month ago. Overall, it was worth the wait. I liked it. But I didn’t love it. I hate starting a review this way because it leaves the impression that the movie isn’t good. That’s far from the case here. Let me explain.
Why did I expect to love the movie?
(1) The reviews have been good. Critics rate it a 91% on #RottenTomatoes
. Then again, audiences rate it a 63%. Hmm.
(2) The movie stars one of my favorite actresses, #ViolaDavis
(3) The movie is director by #SteveMcQueen
fame). Why did I “only” like it? I was skeptical that a movie would have so many (famous) men in the trailers and let the women be front and center. While my skepticism was somewhat off base, I would’ve liked the women to be more “bad ass.” I’m not talking bad ass in the #LindaHamilton #Terminator
fashion. I’m thinking more like “MerylStreep in #theRiverWild
. I think my reception to the film is feeling misled in a different way by the trailers. It’s the genre: it’s billed as a crime drama. But it’s decidedly more drama than crime (thriller). While Viola and the rest cast do their best, the script does not do them justice. This is decidedly no #Oceans8
The movie opens with heist. #LiamNeesom
, and #ManuelGarciaRulfo
played the bandits. Their opening heist is intertwined with scenes of their home lives. That is where we first meet the titular widows: Viola, #MichelleRodriguez
. The heist goes horribly wrong. The widows are left holding the bag, figuratively. It turns out, Neesom and crew stole money from a crime boss who then goes to the widows to collect the debt.
The plot moves along a predictable pace. The dramatic scenes seem more like a distraction. One that allows you to see plot gaps. One’s that wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But the slower pace gives you time to notice them.
Overall, the good is the acting. The not so good is the predictable plot.
My score: #7outof10
(closer to 7.5)