Gillian Flynn's women are prickly creatures. Amy Dunne from Gone Girl hides her psychopathic tendencies behind a perfect WASP exterior. Sharp Objects' Camille Preaker carves her pain into her skin. These ladies are why director Steve McQueen made the perfect choice of a writer to help him adapt Widows, a British TV show about the wives of dead robbers who must complete a job in the absence of their spouses. The result is a story about badass women who aren't so easily confined to that "badass" label. The four women who make up the team are grieving, furious, and not totally confident in their abilities.
They're led by Veronica Rawlings, played by Viola Davis, who rallies the other women after learning that her husband, Harry (Liam Neeson), has left significant debts unpaid to a political candidate (Brian Tyree Henry). Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) are rudderless in the wake of the tragedy, and Veronica offers them a way to be financially independent. All the while, an increasingly contentious, violent, and intertwined aldermanic race is unfolding, bringing to light Chicago's messy division and systemic injustice.
On top of all of that, there are some jaw-dropping twists. Harry, for one, is alive. Veronica's adorable little terrier susses that out, finding him at the home of the fourth widow (Carrie Coon), with whom he has been having an affair. It's a moment indebted to the original, but also quintessentially Flynn, who talked to Thrillist about the twists that help drive the plot, but certainly don't comprise the totality of the film.