All Hail “The Woman King”.

Viola Davis stars in the historical epic, The Woman King. Directed by Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood, the film follows a fierce troop of all-female warriors who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century.

Reminiscent of action greats like Gladiator and Braveheart, The Woman King is an energetic, empowering and emotional spectacular with a powerhouse cast, led by the tour de force that is Viola Davis.

As always, Davis commands the screen — but this time with a sword. Davis is brilliant as the film’s ferocious protagonist, General Nanisca. She is completely unafraid to share the legendary fighter’s vulnerabilities and imperfections. She is battered. She is bruised. She is broken. But when the time comes, she is a bad ass and a formidable force. This is what makes The Woman King such a dynamic heroine. She’s so real. Davis is supported by a stellar ensemble, especially by Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim and newcomer, Thuso Mbedu.

Although the film suffers from some imperfections, such as inconsistent pacing, the finished product is so damn satisfying, you can let it slide and just enjoy. And the rest of my audience was LIVING for this film. It is so rare to be in a theatre where people are cheering and it isn’t Marvel or Star Wars.

With brutal choreographed fight sequences, rich cultural authenticity and powerful storytelling, this is a welcomed refresh to the historical action epic.

To put it simply, The Woman King SLAYS.

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