Director – Gina Prince-Bythewood – 2022 – UK – Cert. 15 – 135m
The warrior women of Dahomey defend their people against capture by neighbouring nations for the white foreigners’ slave trade – out in UK cinemas on Friday, October 7th
Outside of the Greek myth of the Amazons, we don’t really think of armies as being made up of women rather than men prior to the last few decades, yet historically this actually occurred in a West African country, the Kingdom of Dahomey (further info: National Geographic; wikipedia) between the middle of the seventeenth and the end of the nineteenth centuries. These warrior women are the subject of this film which takes place in 1823.
A prologue shows a small unit of the women in action under their General Nansica (an unforgettable Viola Davis) as they attack and slaughter a unit of (male) soldiers [Read more…]
Full review published at DMovies.org.
The Woman King is out in cinemas in the UK on Friday, October 7th.
Trailer (please note that the irritating, ill-judged pop soundtrack is not representative of the film):