Set in 1823, this movie tells the story of the all-women forces of the West African kingdom of Dahomey known as the Agojie. When faced with a threat by the Oyo Empire, General Nanisca (Viola Davis) must train a new generation of warriors to protect the kingdom. The newly instituted King Ghezo (John Boyega) must also deal with Portuguese slavers who have joined forces with the Oyo Empire.
The movie is based on true events and the Agojie serve as the real-life inspiration for the now more famous fictional Dora Milaje, the all-female kings-guard warriors of “Black Panther” (2018). The film impresses with powerful acting, great costume design and hard-hitting action choreography.
Viola Davis received her 7th Golden Globe nomination for her role, and the movie got several more nominations and wins at other awards.
If you are interested in a mix-up of “Braveheart” (1995), “Black Panther” (2018) and “Gladiator” (2000) and even learn something about history on the way, this movie will be worth the watch.
The Woman King (OmU)
USA / 2022 / 135min
Dana Stevens / Maria Bello
Viola Davis / Thuso Mbedu / Lashana Lynch / John Boyega