Viola Davis is fierce and spectacular in a historical and epic tail in The Woman King. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and written by Maria Bello, and Dana Stevens. Both writers have a strong screenplay to create Davis’s character to be ferocious and brave and have strong dignity and leadership. The Woman King is one where Davis’s performance is also Oscar-Worthy. She has the heroic voice, the heroic backstory, and inspires young warriors for growth to accomplishments towards defeating their enemies. I love The Woman King because of its continuity of trial and error, and when the errors come around, Davis is the one who inspires her warriors to not let their guard down.
This historical tail being based on actual events contains many historical aspects. They include slavery, authority, and different classes among women warriors. With the 1800s setting, there is a great deal of historical weaponry, and historical training. The Woman King knows its direction to take being a true tail from the 1800s. It knows how to find its importance and its authenticity. I felt the events going forward was real, as was the fact that the women in the film are destined to be warriors.
Davis plays General Nanisca. The one who oversees the all-female warriors that are called the Agojie. Their purpose is to protect the African Kingdom of Dahomey. The King is King Ghezo and he is played by John Boyega. He questions what Nanisca’s purpose is with the lady warriors she recruits. With the many young lady warriors ranging from Amenza (played by Sheila Atim), Esi (played by Shaina West), and many others, Nanisca makes it her goal and her job to strengthen their mindsets and their combat skills to prove to their king they can be warriors. The Woman King is audacious of many achievements among the story and the performances, and it is truly a beautiful film. The scenery around South Africa is beautiful too. With many historical aspects and clear imagery, The Woman King is a treat for many.
I am someone that is fond of films that does what it can to have its history and century have realism and symbolism. The Woman King has realism in which it is a true story, and it has symbolism towards women. The symbolism is to make them bound to be warriors. Going forward, the hope and aspirations are in this ride of adventure, love, and above all leadership. As I said before, Davis is the leader of the Agojie, and a king both in the film and as an actress.
The storyline is paces itself. It lays out the foundations of the purpose of the film’s setting, Davis’s performance, and the values of the many means of women being fierce. I love The Woman King, and I love Davis, and I love The Woman King. I hope it receives Oscar buzz. Four stars for The Woman King.