Film review – The Woman King (2022)

The Woman King

Historical tales of warriors and heroes fighting back against oppressors and aggressors have long been the basis for epic Hollywood cinema. The Woman King is the latest addition to this blockbuster tradition, with the striking point of difference that it is about an ensemble of African women warriors rather than the lone white male hero of so many comparable films. And like many of its predecessors, The Woman King is a highly fictionalised and selective story of true events and some real-life people that is less interested in historical accuracy (and it would be foolish to believe it should be by default) and more interested in presenting audiences with a rousing spectacle.

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