The Woman King

The Woman King ★★★★★

A powerful, poignant film with an excellent cast led by Viola Davis celebrates black sisterhood and strength. If you had any doubt that women over 55 can be fierce warriors, seeing Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once and now Davis in The Woman King should disabuse you of that uncertainty. Davis is flat-out phenomenal as General Nanisca, bringing her characteristic gravitas and charisma to the role. The other warriors are also wonderful, particularly Sheila Atim, who should be cast in a leading role as soon as possible, and Lashana Lynch, who's imposing but also funny and generous. Both give scene-stealing performances and more than hold their own with Davis. Thuso Mbedu is compelling and well cast as the ambitious young recruit ready to prove her worth

The movie's action scenes are tautly shot, making the most of the weaponry and landscape. The costume design is gorgeous, and Terence Blanchard's propulsive score, a collaboration with producer, composer, and singer Lebo M, deftly uses African percussion and themes. Although there's a slightly unnecessary romance, the movie's plot manages to balance action sequences with moments of character development, friendship, and historical reflection. Gina Prince-Bythewood has been a critically acclaimed filmmaker for many years (even I consider The Old Guard of all things as a highlight) and it's thrilling that she's continuing to demonstrate her skill at eliciting great performances from character-driven dramas

also see it in IMAX it’s spectacular there

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