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Criticism of ‘The King Woman’: Viola Davis conquers Africa

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Gina Prince-Bythewood directs Viola Davis, John Boyega and Lashana Lynch in ‘The King Woman,’ a classic adventure film set in irresistible Africa.

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        Gina Prince-Bythewood directs a bellicose adventure about the Agojie -a female elite corps that served Marvel to create the Dora Milaje of ‘Black Panther’ (R. Coogler, 2018)-, with which Viola Davis changes registration again to, now, make us believe that she was born to play the powerful Naniscaleader of the Dahomey Amazons in the tumultuous 19th century, when they had to rethink the slave trade while fighting an eternal internecine war with the neighboring Oyo Empire.

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        Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch stand out in a brilliant cast completed by the always magnetic John Boyega in this epic of African women with the air of a great Hollywood story that, on the other hand, is lost in an irregular and lengthy narrative full of subplots more or less targeted that do not end up taking us anywhere. Luckily, the collection of diversions does not prevent you from enjoying ‘The King Woman’ as a great old-fashioned production with great female warriors as protagonists. As irresistible as the impeccable soundtrack by Terence Blanchard.

        For those thirsty for old-fashioned adventures with new main heroines

        The best: Viola Davis, capable of making any role her own (and unique).

        The worst: narrative fringes that hinder the whole.

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        Address: Gina Prince Bythewood Distribution: Viola Davis, John Boyega, Lashana Lynch, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin Country: USA Year: 2022 Release date: 25–11-2022 Gender: Adventure Script: dana stevens Duration: 135 min.

        Synopsis: A historical epic inspired by the real events that happened in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, a general of the all-female military unit, and Nawi, an ambitious recruit. Together they fought enemies who violated his honor, enslaved his people, and threatened to destroy all they had lived for.

        Source: Fotogramas

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