Woman King

'The Woman King' is a sturdy, rousing piece of studio entertainment, that makes both the new feel old and the old feel new.

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The Woman King

The Woman King is the remarkable true story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a ferocity unlike anything the world has ever seen. The film 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....
PG-13
Genre
Action, Drama, History, Women and Film
Runtime
135
Language
English
Director
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer(s)
Dana Stevens
Cast
Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega
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So “The Woman King” is built on archetypal narrative bones but feels fresh – like a familiar dish with fresh ingredients – on the strengths of Prince-Bythewood’s muscular moviemaking, fine supporting performances from Lashana Lynch and Sheila Atim as the General’s two lieutenants (Lynch also gets ...

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