The Movie: 6.5/10
Expectations are a thing, as we all know, and they can cause that feeling right before a movie of “Ugh”. Yea, I had that feeling before watching Widows. I can’t explain why, but all I can think is that I was carrying over some Ocean’s Eight from a few months ago and that style, that vibe, isn’t really my thing.
Here’s the deal, expectations are often, most of the time, admittedly, incorrect. Well, on the spectrum from “don’t want to watch it because it sounds lame.” to “It sounds amazing I can’t want to experience this movie.” the initial thought was nearer the first one, but then after seeing it I was more middle of the road. It was’t a great movie experience, but an entertaining way to spend a Saturday afternoon. That’s about as generous as I can be. It’s well made with pretty good stunts, interesting sets, and a couple of reasonable action scenes. The main issue I have is that it’s not very exciting. I didn’t care who got through the whole thing still standing, and during the bigger scenes I was not rooting for anyone specific, which means I was not that invested in the characters, and that’s always a problem. If I don’t care about the “widows” and what their fate is, what else is there to hold my interest? I will say I appreciated some of the performances, even if there was a touch of melodrama here and there, so the performers got my attention more than their characters.
As for a story, there are twists and turns, with nothing that made me go “WOW”, even though that’s what it felt like they were trying to do. Overall I would say it’s a reasonable way to spend a weekend evening, but follow it up with some other ensemble heist movie that has a bit of umph. I don’t know what that would be, if I’m honest, because I’m not a big fan of heists so I would go for more action type flicks. If you are looking for strong female characters, well, there are a few out there I have really enjoyed, Atomic Blonde, Kill Bill, SALT, and even the Recent Peppermint and Red Sparrow.
- Widows Unmasked: A Chicago Story (52 Minutes) – A very interesting multi-part featurette that covers almost everything there is to know about this movie. Steve McQueen has a lot of screen-time here so fans are in for a treat.
- Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Widows comes to Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox and a 1080P AVC encode in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Widows looks beautiful start to finish with a few flaws that I noticed. One is the scenes at night are overly crushed to the point of not being able to see what is happening. Also some scenes are filmed into mirrors which give a weird fringing effect around faces at times. Flesh-tones and color are accurate throughout.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix used here is quite impressive with great use of surround and LFE during the heist sequence. Dialog is rendered cleanly and is always central where it should be. Nothing to complain about here.
Overall Score 6.5/10