Film Night “Widows”

25th April 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Courthouse Arts Centre
Film Night "Widows" @ Courthouse Arts Centre

The next film to be screened at the Courthouse Arts Centre is Widows by Steve McQueen.

Widows is a 2018 heist film directed by him, from a screenplay by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, based upon the 1983 British television series by Lynda LaPlante. The plot, set in Chicago, follows a group of women who attempt a heist in order to pay back a crime boss after their criminal husbands are killed on a botched job. A British-American co-production, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson to name a few.

What’s telling about ‘Widows’ and why it’s superior to something like ‘Ocean’s Eight’ is that it actively understands and empathises with its characters. The widows are doing this because they’ve got no other choice. Elizabeth Debicki’s character will likely be forced into a life of high-class prostitution, Michelle Rodriguez’s character has lost her business, and Viola Davis’ character will be murdered if she doesn’t repay the debt. Nobody’s doing this for revenge, nobody’s doing this simply because they can, nobody’s doing it because they’re greedy.”

Brian Lloyd


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