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Widows is one of the realest heist films I have seen in a while, the acting, the twists, and the grittiness will keep you on your toes!!!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
What I Like:
-Where to start, let’s start with the direction, Steve McQueen has made another film where it is visually stunning and thrilling with their twists, every scene had its purpose, and made up a very satisfying ending
-The acting is tremendous as well, it has a great cast that worked well together, most notably Viola Davis as the head “widow” of the heist, she showed true emotion that was captured very well, I also enjoyed Daniel Kaluuya as a gang enforcer, he was very intense in almost every scene, and there are many other great acting, but you have to go see it to enjoy everybody
-The writing was smart, but what I really enjoyed is the tone of realism, how each character is dealing with real world problems and issues and how they work to get by, issues like corrupt politics, police shootings, and coping with death, it all has a purpose and it all blended very well with a heist on top of it all
The So So:
-See the SPOILER portion of this review
What I Didn’t Like:
-With a big cast, there is a share of some actors getting the short end of the stick, most notably Jon Bernthal as one of the killed heistman, I swear he was only there for 3 and a half minutes and makes me question why cast a good actor for that short amount of time
SPOILER THREAD (Don’t read if you haven’t seen it):
-The twist where Liam Neeson’s character faked his own death during the botched heist is interesting, I kind of did see this twist coming that one guy will somehow survive in the botched heist, however, the way the story went down with that twist is one of the most thrilling and emotional part of the film that I enjoyed
This is one of the most thrilling heist movies I seen that has a lot of great things. A great story, great character development, great direction, great acting, and great thrills. It is a great spectacle to watch and possibly relate with everything that went down with each character. I personally enjoyed it, and I hope we hear more about this in the near future. You hear me Oscars?
Rating: 4.5 Stars
(Sidenote: Gotti- This was better than I thought it would be, but it did have some major flaws. The writing and story really lacked a certain focal point about the story of mobster John Gotti. It just goes from one scene to another with terrible transitions that can get you confused. It needed to choose a protagonist Gotti or his son, and they went with both which really didn’t make a lot of sense. The acting was good enough, but John Travolta playing Gotti was ok at best. Mainly because, instead of Travolta playing Gotti, you get Travolta trying to be a gangster. Doesn’t quite work for this movie!!!
Rating: 2.5 Stars)