Female-led 'Widows' revitalize the heist film
"Widows" is billed as a heist movie, but its showcase of female strength and initiative seems to speak directly to the reinvigorated movement for female empowerment.
It chronicles their journey from wives who were primarily supported by their husbands but who overcome the trauma of past abuse and neglect to develop creative ways to survive.
"It wasn't any gimmickry heist movie. It was women empowering themselves in their lives and confronting each other and having to work together," Davis said at the Toronto Film Festival where "Widows" had its world premiere this weekend.
"What better metaphor is there for women today?" she added.
The women are also played by Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki in a multi-ethnic cast directed by Briton Steve McQueen, whose powerful historical race drama "12 Years a Slave" won the best picture at the 2014 Oscars.
"It's a film about women, about women learning who they are and becoming independent. It's about empowerment, it's a film about corruption and racism and violence, and it's a heist film," Debicki said.
McQueen said he was inspired to make the film after watching the 1980's British television series of the same name when he was a teenager. The movie's arrival at a time when women are demanding more representation and respect in Hollywood and beyond is mere coincidence, he said.
"It just sorts of spoke to me as a 13-year-old black boy in London," McQueen said. There were "these four women who were being sorted of judged in the way that they can achieve, and judged by their appearance rather than their character."
"The men are fighting for scraps. The women are fighting for their souls," said Farrell, who plays the deeply flawed and conflicted politician Tom Mulligan.
"Widows" will be released in North American movie theaters on Nov. 16.