Yesterday was the premiere of a new Amazon Prime Original series, “The Widow,” starring Kate Beckinsale.
It’s definitely binge-worthy, and I have high standards.
There’s a mystery involving Kate’s husband’s death (or did he die?) in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo three years before the opening scene, where we see Kate as a sad, lonely and injured widow living in scenic coastal Powys, Wales.
There’s more gorgeous cinematography throughout by Stuart Howell and John Lee: the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo; its capital city, Kinshasa; Rotterdam, where two blind lovers meet, one an Icelandic man who claims to have been the only survivor of the crash.
Besides Beckinsale, there are some sterling performances here:
Babs Olusanmokun, who plays a Congolese man whose wife also died on the flight, and who helps Beckinsale when she goes to the DRC after she sees some video of riots in present-day Kinshasa where she thinks she spots her husband;
The always debonair Charles Dance;
Olafur Darri Olafsson, the popular Icelandic actor who plays the role of the Icelander in the show (even before seeing the cast credits I could tell he was an Icelander by his looks, even though I hadn’t seen his previous work– lol. 🙂
And many other great supporting actors.
Oliver Blackburn and Samuel Donovan each directed 4 episodes, and the writing credits for the entire run are shared by Harry Williams and Jack Williams.
There are 8 installments in the series. I’m only on the second one, but I think I’m going to lose some sleep tonight watching! 🙂