Black Widows Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writer: Jordan Elizabeth
Director: Venita Ozols-Graham
Rated: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
How It Can Be Seen: iTunes/Amazon/Google Play/VUDU/YouTube Movies
These days it can be a challenge to find solidarity amongst friends. But for life long friends Darcy, Nora, and Olivia, they will stick by one another, through murder and all - Literally! To give you a peek into what Black Widows is all about: Three best friends, stuck in their own abusive relationships, stumble onto a real pickle when Darcy is raped, they hatch a plan to try and harmlessly teach the man a lesson. That is until the plan goes fatally wrong and the man ends up dead. And let me tell ya, the rest of their night doesn't get much better from there! Discovering the trailer for this film was a huge treat because it's so difficult to find a comedy that can handle dark subject matter and find a balance so that it doesn't make you uncomfortable, as well as learns to cut loose, have some fun, and find a some levity when it's called for. AND, not to mention the story has heart! Not many dark comedies can vouch for that. Actress Jordan Elizabeth (whom by the way plays the character of Darcy in the most hard-bitten yet endearing of ways, and shines in doing so) wrote the script and found just that right balance; as well as found the right person in Director Venita Ozols-Graham to guide the story on to the right path. The thing I noticed right off the bat was how much awesome chemistry there was between the actresses Jordan Elizabeth (Darcy), Brigitte Graham (Nora), and Shelby Kocee (Olivia)! You would think had been the best of friends since childhood! Which was a delight to watch onscreen. They all seemed so at ease with each other, none of their performances felt like they were acting. It just felt like I was watching these three friends go through all of these crazy things together. And that's something that I don't notice until After the film, which is good!
Even though some may see this as a comedy involving rape, it serves merely as a catalyst to what these women go through during the course of a single night within the realm of the story. If anything, there are some much more powerful themes going on that deserve recognition. For one, the theme of Friendship. As close as these women are in the story, when it comes to each other's faulty and abusive relationships, there are still secrets kept. And it isn't until murder begins to happen, it serves as a sort of catharsis for these friends to let out with the secrets, to bond more and even bring them closer. The second theme being Female Empowerment and Solidarity, which was a breath of fresh air to see in a comedy film especially in which women weren't being catty with each other in every other scene. When we first meet the three friends, they are each going through their own powerlessness within their abusive relationships, and as the film progresses little by little you get to see them each taking back their power and ready to take back control of their lives. It's a film such as this one where you wish there were more like it being made and released! To anyone who finds themselves in the mood to see black comedy resuscitated back to life, you might want to do yourself a solid and watch Black Widows!