Director Gina Prince-Blythewood makes this is required viewing.
Synopsis: The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness, unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by actual events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of
General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for.
The opening crawl sets the stage, but nothing prepares you for the emotional and physical rollercoaster. Viola Davis FLEXES her muscle and reminds us why she’s the GOAT, she anchors the movie. Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch delivered Best Supporting Actress performances, captivating. The layers of Agojie, politics of Dahomey, and BEING BLACK IN AMERICA….priceless and stressful if you get too deep.
The film opened only in theatres on Sept 16; I understand why but it would have benefited from the streaming treatment. Dahmer is one of the most controversial films released in 2022 thus far; it benefited from the ability to go to tweet to watch in less than 60 seconds. I don’t think I’m watching that, by the way, so there’s that review.
The production was quality; I watched it in IMAX IMAX. From the training, wardrobe, and lighting, it was made for the theatre experience. If the studios made their movies half as exciting as this one, we might go more than three times a year.
“I didn’t know this movie would evoke such emotion. It’s a thunderous triumphant story. It encouraged me to learn more about the Agoji warriors. The cast was superb. 56-year-old Viola is inspiring. This is a phenomenal production.” - Tonja H, Google