REVIEW ROUNDUP: WIDOWS, WILDLIFE, GOOD FAVOUR

Three new films release at the IFI on Friday November 9th.

Widows stars Viola Davis and Liam Neeson and comes from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen. Wildlife marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano and features Carey Mulligan in an emotional family drama. Irish filmmaker Rebecca Daly returns after Mammal with the mysterious drama Good Favour.

Read on for a selection of reviews of these titles, or pop in to make up your own mind.

WIDOWS
“A funny, twisty, ballsy adaptation”
4/5 – Irish Times

“The cast is fab, but Davis and Debicki really shine”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“Whether you want a good yarn, a rollercoaster ride, a cinematic experience with quality acting, camera work, plot or pacing, Widows has something for everyone.”
5/5 – RTE

“Elegant and gripping, ‘Widows’ is a twisty crime thriller with style and substance to spare”
4/5 – Entertainment.ie

“A sinewy treat that seamlessly intertwines close-up character studies, big-picture politics and audaciously reimagined heist-movie riffs”
5/5 – Guardian

 

WILDLIFE
“Dano’s direction takes full advantage of the book’s evocative backdrop”
Irish Independent

“[A] compelling film which is directed at a sensible pace by Paul Dano in his directorial debut”
4/5 – RTE

“The film’s style, boding nicely for future Dano projects, is as crisp and judicious as the writing”
4/5 – Telegraph

“Actor Paul Dano has made a small gem in Wildlife, his first film as a director.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Carrie Mulligan ignites a blaze in actor-turned-director Paul Dano’s moving familial melodrama about a 1960’s housewife and mother who can’t catch up with the feminist stirrings she feels inside. One word for Mulligan: Wow.”
4/5 – Rolling Stone

 

GOOD FAVOUR
“In common with its inscrutable protagonist, it requires you to follow deep into the woods”
4/5 – Irish Times

“You will certainly leave the cinema musing and reflecting about what you have just seen”
4/5 – RTE

“A powerful and gripping film that explores the deep complexities of faith and its consequences, particularly in the face of crisis”
Film Ireland


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