Widows is a visual representation of the oft-quoted phrase by Christians, “we live in a broken world”.
That generically vague statement does not really mean much by itself, but now believers can point towards an entertaining piece of evidence to back it up. For anybody who is interested in expanding this idea, I will break it down next.
The setting: a Chicago neighborhood.
The characters: a dozen Chicago residents, of all color, ideology, socioeconomic status
Ultimately, the motivations of every character in the movie are driven by the desire to improve their circumstance. There is nothing wrong with aiming to better oneself, yet Widows displays that in a world in which the systems of governance and justice are rotten to its core, having been invented by human beings with the same flaws as everyone else, humans will tend to gravitate towards themselves. The characters live for themselves, foregoing their neighbors and family. Ironically, this lack of compassion for our neighbor perpetuates the system that keeps everything the way it is.
Steve McQueen holds tight on a pastor’s face as he delivers a rousing sermon on the importance of love. “Love your neighbor!”, he roars. “Strive for excellence with love as a motivator!”, he goes.
And McQueen, by now crowned as a director possessing a rare knowledge of the follies of man, then shows the same pastor embroiled in a nasty political race. Yes, it is love that motivates this man, but not the selfless one Jesus exemplified, but the other one, the common one, the love of money.
More than anything, Widows shows just how pitiful we all are. It shows humans as children trying their best to navigate the messiness of life, their best efforts to save themselves falling short. It emphasizes the need for a way that is bigger than any of us.