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The Woman King (2022)

Call me old fashioned but I got Lion King, Black Panther and Wonder Woman vibes all in the first ten minutes. I don't think there can be any doubt by now that Viola Davis is a force to be reckoned with in the acting department, much more so than the likes of John Boyega, so I would have to ask if this casting decision was completely intentional.

Suffice to say, I imagine that the royal penis is not clean. (its okay if it that goes over your head, if you're of a certain age)

It is truly a sorry state of affairs when you watch a film of this type and can only imagine that it must be an MCU project. This is less about the quality on show, or the story-telling, but more about the message. So woke that it appears never to have slept and as deluded and unrealistic as only Marvel have the brass balls to present and genuinely expect to get away with.

We can hop up and down about genres and stereotypes but I really don't enjoy the time or patience it would take. I'm not here to argue about its reality, only its value and ability to entertain, which The Woman King does indeed do. It is a feast for the eyes, with ravishing cinematography and gorgeous costume design.

The performances are all strong even if the premise takes some time to swallow. I'm not known for my political correctness, but am prepared to overlook that here, in favour of a good story, well directed and paced, with engaging characters that are also well delivered.


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