Widows review – Steve McQueen's brutal heist thriller delivers the swag

Widows review – Steve McQueen's brutal heist thriller delivers the swag
Viola Davis leads a bereaved crew into the urban underworld in this sardonic and stylishly old-fashioned crime caper, which kicks off the 2018 London film festival

Viola Davis’s contemptuous stare has the force of a double-barrelled shotgun in this blistering thriller from Steve McQueen. Rocking a sleek belted trenchcoat rather than conventional widow’s weeds, Davis leads a blue-chip cast in McQueen’s cracking reboot of Lynda La Plante’s Thatcher-era Brit TV drama about bereaved women taking over a planned robbery from their criminal menfolk killed on an abortive job.

It’s a violent heist movie, a twisty neo-noir and an old-school municipal graft drama with something of Robert Rossen’s 1949 picture All the King’s Men. It has the urban cynicism and male toxicity we saw in McQueen’s sex addiction nightmare Shame but his signature alienated long takes are in evidence just once in Widows, when a
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