The Woman King

The Woman King ★★★

High floor, low ceiling. Competently made, with a solid script that hits all the expected beats of an old-school crowdpleaser. Incredibly safe, with flat cinematography and unimaginative MCU-like direction that serves the melodrama (and the good ensemble) better than it does the action. As expected for major productions drawing from historical events, this is at least interesting on the revisionist terms of what it chooses to portray and how, and what that might say about today's politics regarding race, class and gender, but still feels like a missed opportunity that the rarity of the subject matter isn't accompanied by more daring or memorable cinematic language.

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