The Woman King

The Woman King ★★★★

There’s a romance subplot that exists to unnecessarily check off every box it can to satisfy all four quadrants and the violence is clearly sanded down to a fault — that PG-13 rating could’ve been pushed much further — this is a good old-fashioned historical epic about a subject that’s beyond due it’s big-screen treatment. Gina Prince-Bythewold is quite terrific at blending old school epic film beats and framing with the modern sensibilities that bring a particular flair to this story. Viola Davis continues to be one of the greatest actors of her time and Lashana Lynch is a true goddamn movie star. This might also have the best use of a mid-credits scene in years??

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